The Department of Conservation (DOC) manages a network of over 950 huts of all shapes and sizes all over New Zealand. They provide unique places to stay, refuge from bad weather, or a place to rest and recover when you're out exploring the outdoors. Each hut is unique but the facilities and services provided in or near huts are divided into five categories. Fees are based on the category on the hut.
Great Walk Huts are the most comfortable. They have mattresses, water supply, toilets, hand washing facilities and heating with fuel available. They may have solar lighting, cooking facilities with fuel and a hut warden.
Serviced Huts have mattresses, water supply, toilets, hand washing facilities and heating with fuel available. They may have cooking facilities with fuel and a warden. They may also have a campsite near the hut.
Standard Huts have mattresses, water supply and toilets. Wood heaters are provided at huts below the bush line. They may also have a campsite near the hut.
Basic Huts provide very basic shelter with limited facilities.
Some huts, especially Great Walk huts during the Great Walks season, require booking. Check before you go! Some huts can't be booked in advance - they operate on a first come, first served basis. If you're planning on making multiple stays within a 6 or 12 month period, a Backcountry Hut Pass will save you money. It gives you unlimited use of most Serviced and Standard huts and campsites for the period you buy the pass for.
There are numerous DOC huts throughout the Western Southland area, particularly in the Longwood Forest Conservation Area, the Takitimu Mountains, around Lake Monowai, Lake Hauroko and Lake Poteriteri, and in the southern area of Fiordland National Park.
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