Welcome Flat Hut
Image: Kevin Hutchens ©


This is a serviced 31-bunk hut in the Glaciers area.

Hut overview




Bookings required


  • Heating
  • Mattresses
31 bunk beds

About this hut


Welcome Flat Hut offers a range of opportunities for visitors. 

The main hut

The main hut offers 31 bunks located within 4 bunk rooms on the upper level of the hut, and this is a normal serviced hut (gas is not provided and you must bring all your own equipment).

Welcome Flat Hut in mid-winter. Photo: Sally Jackson.
Welcome Flat Hut in mid-winter

Welcome Flat Hut, on the Copland Track, has had a major upgrade.
Welcome Flat Hut had a major upgrade to accommodate the growing numbers of visitors

The hut had a major upgrade to accommodate the growing numbers of visitors more comfortably.

Hut warden quarters have been built and the old quarters developed into ‘up-market’ accommodation – the Sierra Room.

Sierra Room

A sole occupancy room - the Sierra Room - is available for small groups of up to four to book.

This room has a higher level of facilities - including gas and gas cooker, pot belly stove and wet back shower, lighting and all kitchen/cooking equipment provided.

It is located within the main building but has separate access allowing for a more private backcountry experience.

The only shared facility is the toilet.

Those staying in the main hut are not able to use the Sierra Room facilities and must be fully equipped.


Topo50 map sheet: BX15
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1353619, N5164575


Hut Fees:

  • Adult (18+ years): $15 per night
  • Youth (11 - 17 years): $7.50 per night
  • Child/Infant: (0 - 10 years): free

Pay when you make a booking – Backcountry Hut Tickets and Backcountry Hut Passes can't be used to pay for use of this hut.

Campsite fees:

  • Adults  (18+) $5.00 per night
  • Youth (11-17 years) $2.50 per night

Sierra Room fees (sole occupancy):

  • $100 per night (sleeps 1-4 persons)


Welcome Flat Hut, Sierra Room and campsite must be booked year round.

Book Welcome Flat hut online

Read the terms and conditions before you book

On the booking system the Sierra Room shows as only one space available - this is because the room is sole occupancy (1–4 people). You will only need to enter one name for the booking.

Your booking for the Sierra Room is for a maximum of four people. If you have more than four people in your group they will need to have a booking for (and stay in) the main hut or campsite. Due to fire regulations no more than four people can use or stay in the Sierra Room.

Know before you go

Note that in times of severe weather such as sustained and/or heavy rainfall, the Copland Track may be closed (often at short notice) due to flooding and/or other damage. If closed, notices will be placed at the start of the track. Check weather and conditions at the nearest DOC office before departure. Refunds will be issued in these instances - contact the Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre and i-SITE for details.

No cooking facilities are provided - all visitors must carry portable cookers.

No rubbish facilities are provided in the backcountry - pack out what you pack in.


Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 752 0360
Email:   westlandnpvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Co-located with Franz Josef i-SITE
69 Cron Street
Franz Josef Glacier 7856
Full office details
Hokitika Office
Phone:   +64 3 756 9100
Email:   hokitika@doc.govt.nz
Address:   10 Sewell Street
Hokitika 7810
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