Routeburn Flats Hut

Image: Sarah Wilcox | Creative Commons

Introduction

This is a 20 bunk, Great Walk hut on the Routeburn Track, Mt Aspiring National Park. Bookings required in the Great Walks season.

Hut overview

Category

  • Category
Great Walk

Bookings

  • Bookings

Bookings required

Facilities

  • Cooking
  • Heating
  • Lighting
  • Mattresses
  • Toilets - flush
  • Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
20 bunk beds

Seasonal restrictions

In the Great Walks season (29 October 2019 – 30 April 2020):

  • Bookings are required

Outside the Great Walks season (1 May 2020 - 26 October 2020):

  • Bookings are not required - first come, first served
  • Facilities are reduced

About this hut

This is one of four DOC Great Walk huts on the Routeburn Track - the Routeburn Flats, Routeburn Falls, Lake Mackenzie and Lake Howden. There are also campsites at Routeburn Flats and Lake Mackenzie.

This hut offers lovely views across the Route Burn valley floor, and makes a great day walk or easy first night stay on the Routeburn Track.

Facilities and services

In the Great Walks season (29 October 2019 – 30 April 2020):

  • 20 bunks with mattresses in a communal sleeping layout.
  • Water supply, flushing toilets, wash basins with cold running water (but no showers).
  • Heating with fuel available, and solar lighting in the communal kitchen area.
  • Cooking facilities with fuel, tables and seating (but no cooking utensils).
  • A friendly conservation ranger - they like to chat, they know the area well and can tell you about the environment and weather, or help out should an emergency arise.

Outside the Great Walks season (1 May 2020 - 26 October 2020):

  • Gas is not provided - you will need to bring your own cooking stove.
  • Flush toilets are replaced with pit toilets.
  • Running water is turned off inside the huts. Water can be obtained from the outside water tank, if this is frozen, then from the nearest water course or by melting snow.
  • There are no conservation rangers based at the huts.
  • Beds are on a first come basis only

Getting there

This hut is the first hut on the Routeburn Track from the Queenstown end, Mt Aspiring National Park. The hut is about 1.5 – 2 hours walk from the Routeburn Shelter (road end).

Location

NZTopo50 map sheet: CB09
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1221043, N5036428

Fees

In the Great Walks season (29 October 2019 – 30 April 2020):

New Zealand citizens and those ordinarily resident in New Zealand*:

  • Adult (18+ years): $65 per person, per night
  • Child (17 years and under): free but booking still required

International visitors:

  • Adult (18+ years): $130 per person, per night
  • Child (17 years and under): $130 per person, per night

Outside the Great Walks season (1 May 2020 - 26 October 2020):

Walking the track outside the Great Walk season should only be attempted by fit, experienced and well equipped trampers.

For all visitors: 

  • Adult (18+ years): $15 per person, per night
  • Child (17 years and under): free

* New Zealand rates:

  • "Ordinarily resident in New Zealand" means those:
    • who hold a residence class, student or work visa; and
    • who have lived in New Zealand for six of the previous 12 months; and
    • for whom New Zealand is their primary place of established residence.
  • Proof of eligibility will be required for the New Zealand rate - see acceptable eligibility proof.

Bookings

Bookings are required in the Great Walks season.

Book Routeburn Flats Hut online.

Contacts

Whakatipu-wai-Māori / Queenstown Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 442 7935
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   queenstownvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   50 Stanley Street
Queenstown
9300
Postal Address:   PO Box 811
Queenstown 9348
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