Places to stay

Victoria Forest Park

Lake Christabel Hut
Lake Christabel Hut
Hut Standard Hut (DOC). Capacity: 8.
A tidy hut situated on the TL bank of the Blue Grey River about 20 minutes above Lake Christabel near the junction with the Rough Saddle & Robinson Saddle tracks.
Kirwans hut
Kirwans hut
Hut Serviced Hut (DOC). Capacity: 12.
Perched up near a ridge top this hut location commands good views to the south and west. This popular hut is near the site of an old miners hut of which some evidence remains. The whole surrounding...
Montgomerie hut
Montgomerie hut
Hut Basic Hut/Bivvy (DOC). Capacity: 6.
This hut is located at the junction of the Montgomerie and Waitahu Rivers. There is 4x4 or mountain bike access up the TR of the Waitahu River all the way to the hut. It can be part of a circuit wa...
Big River Hut
Big River Hut
Hut Serviced Hut (DOC). Capacity: 35.
The Big River Mine operated from 1882 to 1942. This hut is surrounded by relics of the mining era, and is a good base for exploration.
Wheel Creek hut
Wheel Creek hut
Hut Basic Hut/Bivvy (DOC). Capacity: 6.
Located on a flat amongst beech forest in the headwaters of Wheel Creek a tributary of the Maruia River. It is a shortish walk from the hut up to the tussock & rock of the Victoria Range.
Lake Stream Hut
Lake Stream Hut
Hut Basic Hut/Bivvy (DOC). Capacity: 2.
A good biv located in a picturesque spot.
Top Robinson hut
Top Robinson hut
Hut Standard Hut (DOC). Capacity: 8.
An extended Forest Service hut quite similar to the nearby Lake Christabel hut. This hut is located in a man made clearing in tall beech forest in the upper reaches of the Robinson River which is a...
Slab Hut Creek Campsite
Campsite Basic Campsite (DOC). 25 spaces.
Grassy picnic and camping spot. Recreational gold mining is permitted in the creek. The site features a barbecue and pizza oven!
Rooney's Cottage & Hut
Rooney's Cottage & Hut
Hut Shelter (DOC).
Miners' accomodation associated with the Big River Mine. The cottage and attached "single-man's hut" are derelict.
Top Waitahu Hut
Hut Basic Hut/Bivvy (DOC). Capacity: 2.
Biv high in the Waitahu River, near the treeline.

Hut categories

Great Walks Hut
Well appointed DOC hut on one of the nine Great Walks. Great Walks pass required, bookings may be required. Facilities typically include toilets, heating, water, and bunks with mattresses. Some huts will have lighting, gas cooking, and a DOC ranger.
Serviced Hut
Larger, high standard hut. Many serviced huts have a booking system and must be booked in advance. Other huts require a back country hut pass or 3 hut tickets. Mostly owned by DOC. Facilities typically include a toilet, open fire or wood burner, water supply, and bunks with mattresses.
Serviced Alpine Hut
Alpine hut owned by DOC or clubs such as NZAC. Generally no heating. Payment varies. Facilities typically include a toilet, water supply, and bunks with mattresses.
Standard Hut
Typical DOC hut. Back country hut pass / 1 hut ticket required, no bookings. Facilities typically include a toilet, open fire or wood burner, and bunks with mattresses.
Basic Hut/Bivvy
Small DOC huts of 2-6 bunks. No fees or bookings. Facilities typically include a toilet and bunks with mattresses.

In general, food and cooking equipment is not available at huts. See DOC and NZAC websites for details of pricing and booking.

Campsite categories

Great Walks Campsite
Campsites are available on most Great Walks, usually next to huts. Great Walks pass required, bookings may be required. Toilets, water supply. No use of hut facilities not available.
Serviced, Scenic, or Standard Campsite
Accessible by car or boat, and offering a range of facilities.
Basic Campsite
Accessible by car or boat, but with minimal facilities. No fees or bookings. Toilet, water may be from stream.
Backcountry Campsite
Walk-in access. Fees vary. No bookings. Toilet, water may be from stream.