Find out how to book and pay for your stay in a DOC hut, including information on backcountry hut passes and backcountry hut tickets.

Buying Backcountry Hut Passes and Hut Tickets

You can buy hut passes and tickets from visitor centres as well as selected Backcountry Hut Ticket retailers.

To get them delivered to you, complete the order form (PDF, 74K).

Cheques are no longer accepted by DOC.

Terms and conditions

View the terms and conditions for Backcountry Hut Passes and Hut Tickets.

How to book and pay

Most huts cannot be booked in advance – they operate on a first come, first served basis. You pay with a Backcountry Hut Pass or Hut Tickets that you must buy before your trip.

Some huts can be booked and you pay when you book. You can use a Backcountry Hut Pass to pay for some bookings. You cannot use Backcountry Hut Tickets to pay for any bookings.

Hut booking system.

Some Great walk huts must be booked all year, some can only be booked in the Great Walks season. This varies for each Great Walk, each year. When bookings are required, you pay when you book and you can't pay with a Backcountry Hut Pass or Hut Tickets.

Great walk hut booking system.

Some club huts require a booking, and you usually pay at a DOC visitor centre or directly to the club. You generally cannot pay with a Backcountry Hut Pass or Hut Tickets.

Check individual hut pages for specific details on how to book and pay. 

Backcountry Hut Pass

This pass gives you unlimited use of most Serviced and Standard huts, as well as most campsites outside Serviced huts, for the period you buy the pass for.

If you're planning on making multiple stays within a 6 or 12 month period, a Backcountry Hut Pass will save you money.

Time period Adult
18+ years
11 - 17 years
5 - 10 years
0 - 4 years
6 months $92 $46 Free Free
12 months $122 $61 Free Free

How to use the hut pass

Buy the hut pass and take it with you to the hut.

In some cases, you can use your hut pass to pay for a booking (check individual hut pages to see if hut passes can be used at the hut). Create/update your account on our booking system. Under 'Apply for a discount', select 'Backcountry Hut Pass Holder' and upload a scan of your pass. Once we've verified your pass, it will automatically be applied when you make a booking.  

Note, Backcountry Hut Passes can't be used at vehicle or boat accessible campsites.


Members of the following organisations are entitled to a 30% discount on the 12 month Backcountry Hut Pass:

  • Federated Mountain Clubs
  • Mountain Safety Council
  • NZ Deerstalkers Association
  • NZ Alpine Club
  • Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations
  • LandSAR
  • Scouts NZ
  • GirlGuiding NZ
  • Kiwi Association of Sea Kayakers

This is in recognition of their positive contributions to conservation and nature-based recreation.

YHA member discounts

YHA members will pay only $100 for a 12-month Backcountry Hut Pass when bought through YHA hostels or on the YHA website. Contact YHA Customer Service with any enquiries.

Backcountry Hut Tickets

If you prefer to 'pay as you go', or are only using huts occasionally, then buying hut tickets is a good option.

You can buy $5 ('Standard') and $15 ('Serviced') hut tickets. Youth tickets are half the price of adult tickets.

Backcountry Hut Ticket type Value Colour
Standard - Adult
18+ years
$5 Blue
Standard - Youth
11 – 17 years
$2.50 Yellow
Serviced - Adult
18+ years
$15 Green
Serviced - Youth
11 – 17 years
$7.50 You need to use 3 yellow standard youth tickets.

How to use hut tickets

Buy the required hut tickets and take them with you. Put your tickets into the honesty box at the hut.

Use Serviced Hut Tickets to pay for Serviced huts. Example: Use 1x $15 Serviced Hut Ticket per adult per night

Use Standard Hut Tickets to pay for Serviced or Standard huts. Examples:

  • 1x $5 Standard Hut Ticket per adult per night for Standard huts
  • 3x $5 Standard Hut Tickets per adult per night for Serviced huts

Note, you can't pay for bookings with hut tickets. 

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