Syme Hut as seen during summer

Image: Jeremy Beckers | ©

Introduction

Perched on the top of Fanthams Peak high on the slopes of Mt Taranaki, Syme Hut is arguably Egmont National Park's best overnight spots. On fine days you can enjoy spectacular views of the Taranaki region followed by stunning sunsets.

Hut overview

Category

  • Category
Standard

Bookings

  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served

Facilities

  • Mattresses
  • Toilets - non-flush
  • Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
10 bunk beds

About this hut

Facilities and services

  • Outside toilet
  • Cold running water from rainwater tank

Note, there is no heating.

Getting there

Dawson Falls Visitor Centre to Syme Hut is around 5 to 6 hours long for a return trip. This follows the Fanthams Peak Track.

Location

NZTopo50 map sheet: BJ29
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1691903, N5648347

Fees

  • 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.

More about hut tickets and passes

Know before you go

This hut is situated at 1,940 m on Fanthams Peak. During winter conditions, you'll need alpine climbing experience and suitable equipment to reach this hut. Check with the Taranaki/Egmont National Park Visitor Centre for current conditions.

Contacts

Dawson Falls Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 27 443 0248
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   egmontvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Manaia Rd
Egmont National Park
Postal Address:   PO Box 462
New Plymouth 4340
Egmont National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 6 756 0990
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   egmontvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   2879 Egmont Rd
Egmont National Park
Postal Address:   PO Box 462
New Plymouth 4340
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