Big Hut

Image: Brian Dobbie | ©


This historic alpine hut in the Coastal Otago area is owned and managed by the Rock and Pillar Hut Trust.

Hut overview


  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served


  • Mattresses
16 bunk beds

About this hut

This historic alpine hut is owned and maintained by the Rock and Pillar Hut Trust.

Getting there

There is a marked route maintained by the Rock and Pillar Hut Trust from Glencreag. This is signposted from SH87 (Wandle Road) 5 km north of Middlemarch, near the McKinnon Road junction. 2WD access to the parking area is through cattle stops on private property. Walk the marked route from the carpark.


NZTopo50 map sheet: CD15
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1371240, N4964410


Adult: $12 per night
Child: $7 per night (12 yrs and under)

Fees to be paid at the hut.

Parties of 8 or more people need to book in advance.

Special fees apply for education or commercial ventures and if a warden is required.

To book: email (if no reply in two days send a text), or text +64 274 358 311

Know before you go

The hut has solar lighting, a large common room and table tennis facilities, but no heating. Trampers need to bring their own cookers and utensils.

Candles are banned from the hut for fire safety reasons.

The Rock and Pillar Hut Trust are currently trialing a thermosiphoning (solar) air panel to increase the ambient temperature in the hut. There is no other artificial heating source.

For further information see Rock and Pillar Hut Trust website.


Kā Moana Haehae / Alexandra Office
Phone:   +64 3 440 2040
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   43 Dunstan Road
Alexandra 9320
Postal Address:   PO Box 176
Alexandra 9340
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