This is a standard 16-bunk hut in the Nelson Lakes area.

Hut overview




Bookings not required - first come, first served


  • Heating
  • Mattresses
16 bunk beds

About this hut

Built in 1973, George Lyon Hut was formerly known as Ella Hut.

As the first Nelson Lakes National Park chief ranger (1959-80), George Lyon was the forefront of environmental education, promoting outdoor education and conservation. He was also one of the first people to encourage work with community members and volunteers.

He guided the development of the first recreation facilities for the Park, including 11 backcountry huts.

Getting there


NZTopo50 map sheet: BS24
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1567315, N5344932

Altitude: 660m above sea level


  • Adult (18+ years): $5 per night
  • Youth (11 - 17 years): $2.50 per night
  • Child/Infant (0 - 10 years): free

Before you go, buy 1 Standard Hut Ticket (blue for adults, yellow for youth) for each night's stay. Put this in the honesty box at the hut. Or buy a Backcountry Hut Pass that gives unlimited use at most Standard and Serviced huts for a 6 or 12 month period.

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Rotoiti / Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 521 1806
Address:   View Road
St Arnaud
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