Chancellor Hut, West Coast

Image: Rob Brown | ©


Chancellor Hut is the oldest alpine hut still on its original site. It was carried in piece by piece and assembled on site, in the days before alpine air lifts.

Hut overview


  • Category
Serviced Alpine


  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served


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

About this hut


Topo50 map sheet: BX15
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1366278, N5178455


$20 per night. Backcountry hut passes are not valid at Chancellor Hut.


Chancellor Hut played an important role in the development of mountaineering, ski mountaineering and tramping in Westland National Park.

Carried in piece by piece and assembled on site, in the days before alpine air lifts, the hut has hardly been modified since. The oldest alpine hut still on its original site. It has a category two Historic Places Trust registration.


A simple rectangle plan, vertical corrugated iron 12 bunk mountain hut of early design. The main room has two cooking benches, and an internal door leading to the bunk room, formerly the Women’s Room. In both rooms the timber framing is visible, and on the outside of the framing the patterned congolium is still intact.

Located on the Southwest face of Chancellor Ridge, more than 200m above Fox Glacier, with views of some of the country’s highest peaks.

Fabric significance

The least modified example of early alpine hut construction in the region.


Westland National Park, DOC Fox Glacier office

Future management

Consultation with Alpine Clubs. The hut will be maintained to protect its historic fabric and minimise deterioration. A conservation plan has been prepared by Chris Cochran, 1991 to guide its management. This contains more information about the hut.


Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 752 0360
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   69 Cron Street
Franz Josef Glacier 7856
Postal Address:   PO Box 14
Franz Josef Glacier 7856
Hokitika Office
Phone:   +64 3 756 9100
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   10 Sewell Street
Hokitika 7810
Postal Address:   Private Bag 701
Hokitika 7842
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