If you're planning on making multiple stays within a 6 or 12 month period, a Backcountry Hut Pass will save you money.
How to buy a Backcountry Hut Pass
Go to our online booking system and log in or create an account. Choose your preferred Pass, and select the date you first want to use the Pass on.
Once payment is completed via the secured online payment portal, the Pass will be linked to your DOC account. You will receive a booking confirmation email with a digital Pass PDF document.
Buy through a visitor centre
If you need assistance with purchasing your pass, call or email the:
They will enter your pass online for you. A service fee of $10 may apply.
11 - 17 years
5 - 10 years
0 - 4 years
How to use a Backcountry Hut Pass
For bookable huts
Log in to your account on our online booking system.
Select the hut you wish to stay at, enter the number of people who hold a Backcountry Hut Pass and the number of people who do not hold a Pass.
The booking system will automatically calculate fees payable at the time of booking (if any) for non-Pass holders or excluded times or sites. If all people booked are Pass holders, and it is not an excluded site or date range, the price will be shown as zero.
Continue, accept the terms and conditions, then reserve.
Review your selections, dates, and total costs before continuing to check out or continue shopping.
Email confirmation of your booking will be sent to your account email address. Take this confirmation and a copy of your Backcountry Hut Pass with you when you go to a hut.
For non-bookable/self-registration huts
Non-bookable huts operate on a first-come first-served basis. The Backcountry Hut Pass does not give you preference to a bunk or space on sleeping platforms when staying at a non-bookable hut.
On arrival, Pass users will need to register by entering their name and Pass number into the hut book.
Proof of a Backcountry Hut Pass, print or digital, and identification must be available on request.
The Backcountry Hut Pass gives you access to most DOC backcountry huts throughout New Zealand.
However, there are some backcountry huts where you can't use the Backcountry Hut Pass.
Check the hut's webpage that you're wanting to go to – it will say if the Pass is accepted or not. You can also check the list of huts and accommodation excluded from the Backcountry Hut Pass.