Introduction

We're updating accommodation pricing for the 2021/22 booking year (1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022). This is to improve cost recovery, spread demand and reflect the value of our facilities.

New prices are being implemented in the 2021 to 2022 summer season. The changes will affect some popular multi-day tramps and a selection of huts, holiday parks and sole occupany facilities. This is to improve cost recovery and help spread demand to less popular periods.

We're introducing some general price increases for some huts across the week and weekend pricing for 11 of the most popular bookable huts outside of the Great Walks. We're also making cost-inflation or high-demand adjustments for two holiday parks and 31 sole occupancy facilities.

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Price reset and differential pricing on the Great Walks

We're having a price reset for huts and campsites on the Great Walks introducing shoulder season pricing. This includes both increases and decreases in pricing reflecting the value of the walks. 

Differential pricing is being reintroduced with a lower international fee of one and a half times the adult New Zealand rate. This is being applied to seven of the 10 Great Walks. An adjusted international youth (11-17 yrs) rate set at half the cost for an international adult is applicable on all the Great Walks except Lake Waikaremoana.

The purpose of differential pricing is to:

  • improve access to the Great Walks for people ordinarily resident in New Zealand;
  • increase the proportion of costs that are received from international users; and
  • charge international visitors a fee that more fairly reflects the high value Great Walks offer.

Great Walk huts

Great Walk huts Summer prices Winter prices Shoulder prices
(incl GST) (incl GST) (incl GST)
International NZ resident International NZ resident May–June Sept
Adult Youth Adult Youth Adult Youth Adult Youth Adult Youth Adult Youth
Milford Track
Updated prices $110 $55 $78 $0 $15 $0 $15 $0 $15 $0 $15 $0
Previous prices1 $70 $35 $70 $0 $15 $0 $15 $0 $15 $0 $15 $0
Kepler Track
Updated prices $102 $51 $68 $0 $15 $0 $15 $0 $252 $0 $15 $0
Previous prices $65 $32.50 $65 $0 $15 $0 $15 $0 $15 $0 $15 $0
Routeburn Track
Updated prices $102 $51 $68 $0 $15 $0 $15 $0 $25 $0 $15 $0
Previous prices $65 $32.50 $65 $0 $15 $0 $15 $0 $15 $0 $15 $0
Paparoa Track3
Updated prices $45 $22.50 $45 $0 $45 $0 $45 $0 $45 $0 $45 $0
Previous prices $45 $22.50 $45 $0 $45 $0 $45 $0 $45 $0 $45 $0
Abel Tasman Coast Track
Updated prices $56 $32 $42 $0 $26 $0 $26 $0 $32 $0 $32 $0
Previous prices $38 $19 $38 $0 $32 $16 $32 $0 $32 $0* $32 $0*
Heaphy Track
Updated prices $56 $28 $37 $0 $26 $0 $26 $0 $32 $0 $32 $0
Previous prices $34 $17 $34 $0 $34 $17 $34 $0 $34 $0* $34 $0*
Rakiura Track
Updated prices $56 $28 $37 $0 $26 $0 $26 $0 $32 $0 $26 $0
Previous prices $24 $12 $24 $0 $22 $11 $22 $0 $22 $0* $22 $0*
Tongariro Northern Circuit
Updated prices $56 $28 $37 $0 $15 $0 $15 $0 $15 $0 $15 $0
Previous prices $36 $18 $36 $0 $15 $0 $15 $0 $15 $0 $15 $0
Whanganui Journey3
Updated prices $30 $15 $30 $0 $15 $0 $15 $0 $15 $0 $15 $0
Previous prices $32 $16 $32 $0 $15 $0 $15 $0 $15 $0 $15 $0
Lake Waikaremoana Track3
Updated prices $32 $0 $32 $0 $32 $0 $32 $0 $32 $0 $32 $0
Previous prices $32 $0 $32 $0 $32 $0 $32 $0 $32 $0 $32 $0

1 Previous prices refer to 2020/21 DOC prices.
2 Prices applicable to Luxmore Hut only, other hut prices: adults $15 and children (17 years and under) free.
3 No international adult rate on this Great Walk.
* NZ Residents' pricing.

Great Walk campsites

Great Walk campsites Summer prices Non-summer prices
(incl GST) (incl GST)
International NZ residents International NZ residents
Adult Youth Adult Youth Adult Youth Adult Youth
Kepler Track
Updated prices $32 $16 $21 $0 $5 $0 $5 $0
Previous prices1 $20 $10 $20 $0 $5 $0 $5 $0
Routeburn Track
Updated prices $32 $16 $21 $0 $5 $0 $5 $0
Previous prices $20 $10 $20 $0 $5 $0 $5 $0
Abel Tasman Coast Track
Updated prices $24 $12 $16 $0 $16 $0 $16 $0
Previous prices $15 $7.50 $15 $0 $15 $7.50 $15 $0
Heaphy Track
Updated prices $24 $12 $16 $0 $16 $0 $16 $0
Previous prices $14 $7 $14 $0 $14 $7 $14 $0
Rakiura Track
Updated prices $24 $12 $16 $0 $5 $0 $5 $0
Previous prices $6 $3 $6 $0 $6 $3 $6 $0
Tongariro Northern Circuit
Updated prices $24 $12 $16 $0 $5 $0 $5 $0
Previous prices $15 $7.50 $15 $0 $5 $0 $5 $0
Whanganui Journey2, 3
Updated prices $16 $0 $16 $0 $8 $0 $8 $0
Previous prices $20 $10 $20 $0 $0+ $0+ $0+ $0+
Lake Waikaremoana Track3
Updated prices $14 $0 $14 $0 $14 $0 $14 $0
Previous prices $14 $0 $14 $0 $14 $0 $14 $0

1 Previous prices refer to 2020/21 DOC prices.
2 Note: Ohinepane and Whakahoro campsites to have the same rates for drive-in and non-drive-in campers.
3 No international rates on this Great Walk.
+ Prices not applicable to Ohinepane and Wahakahoro campsites.

Price increase for popular multi-day tramps

Popular tracks Greenstone-Caples, Rees-Dart, Travers-Sabine Circuit, all had approved price increases put on hold due to COVID-19.

These new prices are now being implemented in the 2021/22 summer season. The new price still allows for the use of hut tickets. The new prices are considered to better reflect the value of the experience and assist with improving costs recovery from the users of the facilities.

Tracks Summer prices (incl GST) Winter prices (incl GST) Shoulder prices (incl GST)
May-June                   Sept
Adult Youth Adult Youth Adult Youth Adult Youth
Greenstone-Caples Track* $20.00 $10.00 $15.00 $7.50 $15.00 $7.50 $15.00 $7.50
Rees-Dart Track** $20.00 $10.00 $15.00 $7.50 $15.00 $7.50 $15.00 $7.50
Travers-Sabine Circuit*** $20.00 $10.00 $15.00 $7.50 $15.00 $7.50 $15.00 $7.50

* Mid Caples Hut, McKellar Hut, and Greenstone Hut.
** Shelter Rock Hut, Dart Hut, and Daleys Flat Hut.
*** Lakehead Hut, John Tait Hut, Upper Travers Hut, West Sabine Hut, Sabine Hut, Speargrass Hut, and Blue Lake Hut.

Note: the previous hut prices were $15 and $7.50 for adults and youth respectively.

Price increase for huts

General huts

Pinnacles Hut in the Coromandel and Brewster Hut will have a general price increase across the week due to strong, sustained demand.

Huts 2019/20 price New price
Brewster Hut $20 per adult/$10 per youth $30 per adult/$15 per youth
Pinnacles Hut (Kauaeranga Valley) $20 per adult/$10 per youth $25 per adult/$12.50 per youth

Weekend prices for popular huts

Weekend and seasonal pricing is being introduced for 11 of the most popular bookable huts outside of the Great Walks.

This will improve cost recovery and help spread demand to less popular periods. The increase in the weekend price for these huts will be $5 per adult per night ($2.50 per under 17s). For some huts the increase is for Saturday only; for others it includes Friday and/or Sunday.

Weekend and seasonal pricing is being introduced for 11 of the most popular bookable huts outside of the Great Walks. This will improve cost recovery and help spread demand to less popular periods. The increase in the weekend price for these huts will be $5 per adult per night ($2.50 per under 17s). For some huts the increase is for Saturday only; for others it includes Friday and/or Sunday.

Saturday night increases
Huts 2019/20 price New Saturday night price
Crosbies Hut
Powell Hut
Pinnacles Hut (Mt Somers)
Woolshed Creek Hut
Sunrise Hut
Waitawheta Hut
$15 per adult/$7.50 per youth $20 per adult/$10.00 per youth
Atiwhakatu Hut $5 per adult/$2.50 per youth $10 per adult/$5.00 per youth
Friday and Saturday night increases
Huts 2019/20 price New Friday/Saturday night price
Rod Donald Hut $15 per adult/$7.50 per youth $20 per adult/$10.00 per youth
Friday, Saturday and Sunday night increases
Huts 2019/20 price New Saturday night price
Peach Cove Hut $20 per adult/$10 per youth $25 per adult/$12.50 per youth
Ōtamahua and Packhorse Huts $15 per adult/$7.50 per youth $20 per adult/$10.00 per youth

Price increases for sole occupancy facilities

New prices will be implemented for two holiday parks and 31 sole occupancy facilities.

The price increases are based on cost-inflation adjustments or high-demand to better reflect the value of the experience and assist with improving costs recovery from users of the facilities. The new pricing structure also introduces charges for additional guests and minimum night stays for some facilities.

Property 2019/20 Price New price
Boar Hut $40 Weekday: $40
Weekend*** and holiday: $50
Coast Road Cabin $200 $209
Cobb Hostel $80 No change
Cookson Cottage $80 for 2 people
Additional: $20
Min 2-night stay 
$84 for 2 people
Additional: $21
Min 2-night stay  
Cottage 110 Peak: $249
Off-peak: $208
3-night min stay
No Change
Education House $200 Weekday: $220
Weekend & Holiday: $265
Haurangi Hut $100 Weekday: $105
Weekend*** & holiday: $125
Holdsworth Lodge Adult: $25 per bunk
Child: $15 per bunk
Adult: $27 per bunk
Child: $13.50 per bunk
Holdsworth Lodge Kaka Room  $80 $86
Holdsworth Lodge Kereru Room $80 $86
Jans Hut $80 Weekday: $85
Weekend*** & holiday: $100
Kauri Cottage $80 for 2 people
Additional: $20
Min 2-night stay
$84 for 2 people
Additional: $21
Min 2-night stay  
Kawhatau Base $60 $62
Lighthouse Cottage $65 $65 per night
2-night min stay
Friday/Saturday for December - April
Matai Bay Hut $6 per bunk No change
Mimiwhangata Cottage Peak: $1,540
Shoulder: $630
Offpeak: $385
Peak: $1,617
Shoulder: $665
Offpeak: $413
Mimiwhangata House Peak: $1,540 Shoulder: $630
Offpeak: $385 Price for 7 nights  
Peak: $1,617
Shoulder: $665
Offpeak: $413 Price for 7 nights
Mimiwhangata Lodge Peak: $2,044
Shoulder: $945
Offpeak: $525
 Peak: $1,617
Shoulder: $665
Offpeak: $413 
Motuora Island Bach $80 Weekday: $85 Weekend & holiday: $100
Nydia Lodge $12 per bunk*
Whole Lodge: $450
School rate: $265
$12 per bunk*
Whole Lodge: $470
School rate: $330
Okarito School House $100 $116
Papatahi Hut $100 Weekday: $105
Weekend*** & holiday: $125
Pohangina Base $20 per bunk* $25 per bunk*
Raukawa Hut $135 Weekday: $135
Weekend*** & holiday: $160
Robson Lodge $80 Weekday: $90
Weekend: $108
Sierra Room, Welcome Flat Hut $100 $110
Stony Bay Bach $90
Min 2-night stay
Weekday:  $90 for 2 people
Weekend:   $108 for 2 people
Holiday:  $108 for 2 people
Additional: $20
Min 2-night stay
Te Kopi Cottage $200 $160 for 4 people
Additional: $20
Min 2-night stay  
Te Kopi Homestead $200 $160 for 4 people
Additional: $20
Min 2-night stay
The Konini Lodge Adult: $25 per bunk
Child: $10 per bunk
Adult: $27 per bunk
Child: $13.50 per bunk
The Camphouse Adult: $25 per bunk
Child: $10 per bunk
Adult: $27 per bunk
Child: $13.50 per bunk
Tiritiri Matangi Bunkhouse Adult: $30
Child: $20 per bunk
Adult: $40 per bunk
Child: $30 per bunk
Turere Lodge $80 Weekday: $85
Weekend*** & holiday: $100
Waikawau Bay Lodge Peak: $70
Offpeak: $60
2-night min stay
No Change
Waikuku Lodge $110 $121
Waiuta Lodge Adult: $15 per bunk
Child: $7.50 per bunk
Adult: $16 per bunk
Child: $8 per bunk
Whirinaki Recreation Camp $30 $33
Holiday price: $40

* Sole occupancy rooms with price based on number of bunks per room.
** Price for 7-nights.
*** Applies October – April.

Whakapapa Holiday Park
Property
(bunk capacity)
2019/20 price
Price for two guests
New price
Price for two guests
Standard Cabin Double (6-7) Weekday: $80 per night
Weekend: $90 per night
Additional adult: $22
Additional child: $17
Weekday: $86 per night
Weekend: $96 per night
Additional adult: $23
Additional child: $18
Standard Cabin Single (4-6) Weekday: $76 per night
Weekend: $86 per night
Additional adult: $22
Additional child: $17
Weekday: $81 per night
Weekend: $91 per night
Additional adult: $23
Additional child: $18
Self Contained Cabin (4) $130 per night
Additional adult: $22
Additional child: $17
$139 per night
Additional adult: $22
Additional child: $17
Whole Lodge (32) $475 per night $508 per night
Lodge Private room (4) $76 per night
Additional adult: $20
Additional child: $18
No change
Backpacker Bed $28 per bunk $30 per bunk
Lake Waikaremoana Holiday Park
Property
(bunk capacity)
2019/20 price for two guests New price for two guests
Chalets (4) $130 per night
Additional adult: $25
Additional child: $15
$136 per night
Additional adult: $26
Additional child: $16
Chalets (5) $140 per night
Additional adult: $25
Additional child: $15
$147 per night
Additional adult: $26
Additional child: $16
Tourist Flats (2) $140 per night $147 per night
Family Unit (7) $145 per night
Additional adult: $25
Additional child: $15
$152 per night
Additional adult: $26
Additional child: $16
Bunk house (7) $100 per night
Additional adult: $25
Additional child: $10
$105 per night
Additional adult: $26
Additional child: $11
Cabin (2) $80 per night $84per night
Fisherman Cabin (5) $65 per night
Additional adult: $20
Additional child: $10
$68 per night
Additional adult: $21
Additional child: $11

Price increase and changes to the Backcountry Hut Pass

DOC has increased the price of the Backcountry Hut Pass and factored in inflation (the price hasn’t changed in the last 10 years) and the increased value of the pass from allowing on-line purchase and use (for the 2021/22 booking year) and the changes to the exclusion list (off peak use on more huts and simplified exclusion list).

DOC reviewed and simplified the rationale for the exclusion list so that it’s now valid for all Serviced and Standard huts except those with ‘bespoke’ prices and allows the pass to be used for all huts, except Great Walks, off-peak.

The new pass pricing and exclusion list are outlined below.

Backcountry Hut Pass price (including GST) from 1 July 2021
Backcountry Hut Pass Adult Youth
12 month adult $144 $72
12 month discount $100 $50
6 month $108 $54
YHA annual adult (discount) $118  
Exclusion list
Facility Exclusion period
Pukeiti Forest Hut, Puketi and Omahuta forests Summer
Peach Cove Hut Summer
Pinnacles Hut Summer
Brewster Hut Summer (newly-excluded)
Liverpool Hut Summer (newly-excluded)
Siberia Hut Summer (newly-excluded)
Sandy Bay Hut Year-round
Angelus Hut Summer, Labour and Queen's Birthday weekends
Welcome Flat Hut Summer
Godley Hut Year-round
Siberia Hut Summer
Esquilant Bivy Hut Year-round
Abel Tasman Coast Track huts Year-round
Heaphy Track huts Year-round
Lake Waikaremoana huts Year-round
Paparoa Track huts (except Ces Clark Hut) Year-round
Rakiura Track huts Year-round
Kepler Track huts Summer
Milford Track huts Summer
Routeburn Track huts Summer
Tongariro Northern Circuit huts Summer
Whanganui Journey huts Summer
All Lake Waikaremoana huts Year-round
All huts on the Greenstone-Caples*, Rees-Dart**, and Travers-Sabine Circuit*** Summer (newly-excluded)
All Serviced-Alpine huts Year-round
Coast Road Cabin Year-round
Orongorongo Valley sole occupancy huts Year-round
All accommodation on Matiu/Somes Island Year-round
Te Kopi Cottage, Te Kopi Homestead and Waikuku Lodge (3), Aorangi Forest Park Year-round
All private or club huts on DOC-managed land Year-round
Rod Donald Hut Year-round

*Mid Caples Hut, McKellar Hut, and Greenstone Hut.
**Shelter Rock Hut, Dart Hut, and Daleys Flat Hut.
***Lakehead Hut, John Tait Hut, Upper Travers Hut, West Sabine Hut, Sabine Hut, Speargrass Hut, and Blue Lake Hut.

Huts no longer excluded from the Backcountry Hut Pass:

  • Motukawanui Hut
  • Lane Cove Hut
  • Cape Brett Hut
  • Kaiaraara Hut
  • Mt Heale Hut
  • Crosbies Hut
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