- How to book and pay
- What to expect
- What you need to take
- What you need to know before you go
- What to do during your stay
Some DOC huts can be booked in advance, but many can’t be – look for booking information on the web page for each hut.
Huts that can be booked
- Some huts are booked on a sole-use basis, others on a shared-use (per bed) basis.
- Book online or at a DOC visitor centre.
- Fees vary but are paid at the time of booking.
- Some huts require you to obtain a combination code or pick up keys before you go.
Huts that can’t be booked
- If the page for a hut doesn’t mention that booking is required, then the hut can’t be booked in advance – these huts are first come, first served. Contact the DOC office listed on the hut page if you want to know about the likely capacity at different times.
- Fees vary between $5 per adult / $2.50 per child per night and $15 per adult / $7.50 per child per night.
- Fees are paid by buying Backcountry Hut Tickets (or a Backcountry Hut Pass) from DOC visitor centres and some retail outlets before you go. Tickets are redeemed by placing them in the honesty box at the hut. Remember to pay – hut fees are used to maintain huts for your comfort and enjoyment.
Facilities vary between huts – look at facilities information on hut pages.
You’ll often find:
- flush toilets
- hot showers
- equipped kitchens.
- communal sleeping on bunks or sleeping platforms with mattresses
- long-drop toilets
- no showers
- generally no lighting
- sinks with cold running water, often outside.
What you need to take depends on what’s provided at the hut you’re going to - look at the facilities information on hut pages.
Drive-in huts are often more equipped than walk-in huts but you’ll always need to take some supplies of your own.
For walk-in huts you’ll just about always need:
- sleeping bag
- toilet paper
- cooking and eating utensils
- rubbish bag.
You’ll also often need a gas cooker – some huts have them but many don’t.
Before you go, know the five simple rules of the Outdoor Safety Code to help you stay safe:
- Plan your trip
- Tell someone
- Be aware of the weather
- Know your limits
- Take sufficient supplies.
- deposit your hut tickets in the honesty box provided
- enter your trip details in the intentions book at the hut – it will help the event of search and rescue
- keep huts clean and tidy
- take care with wood burners
- conserve the gas provided when using gas cookers or heaters
- share huts with others
- carry in, carry out
- close the door and windows securely before leaving.