Booking and paying for huts
IntroductionFind out how to book and pay for your stay in a DOC hut, including information on backcountry hut passes and backcountry hut tickets.
1. Find a bookable hut
You'll find out if a hut needs to be booked or not on the hut web page:
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.
Some huts cannot be booked in advance – they operate on a first-come, first-served basis. You pay with a Backcountry Hut Pass or Hut Ticket that you must buy before your trip.
2. Book and pay for the hut
You can book a hut online from the hut's web page. Some huts may also be bookable through contacting the local visitor centre.
You pay for the hut when you book. Fees are based on the category of hut.
Backcountry Hut Pass
A Backcountry Hut 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.
Backcountry Hut Ticket
If you prefer to 'pay as you go', or are only using huts occasionally, then buying hut tickets is a good option.
3. Use your confirmation email as proof of booking
When you book you'll get a confirmation email. You can use this as proof of your booking.
You could print off this email or present it on a digital device when needed.