Places to stay

Ka Whata Tu o Rakihouia Conservation Park

Dubious Bivvy
Hut Basic Hut/Bivvy (DOC). Capacity: 2.
Small weatherboard hut next to Dubious Stream on the barren slopes of the Seaward Kaikoura Range.
Warden Hut
Hut Standard Hut (DOC). Capacity: 12.
Tidy modern hut on a tributary of Cold Stream, on the way into the Clarence River. The walk in is about 6 hours, with another 3-4 hours to reach Seymour Hut on the Clarence River. The 4WD tr...
Kahutara Bivvy
Hut Basic Hut/Bivvy (DOC). Capacity: 2.
Late model round-top NZFS biv on the Northern Branch of the Kahutara River in the Seaward Kaikoura Range. Previously in the Western Branch of the Kahutara River, but shifted to present location in ...
Palmer Hut
Palmer Hut
Hut Standard Hut (DOC). Capacity: 12.
New hut with deck and balcony on the Clarence River.
Seymour / Forbes Hut
Seymour / Forbes Hut
Hut Standard Hut (DOC). Capacity: 10.
Hut on the Clarence River near the Seymour River, and at the end of the 4WD route over Blind Saddle. The walk in is 9-10 hours, but there is also mountain bike access. In December 2015 Seymour h...
Snowgrass Hut
Snowgrass Hut
Hut Standard Hut (DOC). Capacity: 10.
Larger hut with two rooms on flats near the Clarence River.
Fidgit Bivvy
Hut Basic Hut/Bivvy (DOC). Capacity: 2.
New bivvy on Fidget Stream near the branch to Boyd Stream.
Limestone Hut
Hut Standard Hut (DOC). Capacity: 4.
Small hut located next to Limestone Stream on the Seaward Kaikoura Range.
Hapuku Hut
Hapuku Hut
Hut Standard Hut (DOC). Capacity: 6.
A small hut surrounded by forest on the Hapuku River near Mount Fyffe. A few small camping spots are located just downriver of the hut. 29 November 2018: Hapuku Car Park, Grange Road – closed H...
Mount Fyffe Hut
Mount Fyffe Hut
Hut Standard Hut (DOC). Capacity: 8.
Situated in Tarn Saddle with great views east to the Kaikoura Peninsula and west to the Seaward Kaikoura Mountains. Recently renovated 8 bunk hut with stove, rain-water tank, toilet and indoor-outd...
Goose Flat Hut [Destroyed]
Goose Flat Hut [Destroyed]
Hut Standard Hut (DOC). Capacity: 10.
Hut on Goose Flat, next to the Clarence River. This hut was destroyed by a 300 hectare backcountry fire 28 January 2021.
Kowhai Hut
Kowhai Hut
Hut Standard Hut (DOC). Capacity: 6.
A small hut on grassy flats by the Kowhai River beneath Mount Fyffe.
Black Spur Slab Hut
Hut Basic Hut/Bivvy (DOC). Capacity: 4.
Historic hut thought to date from 1928 on the Seaward Kaikoura Range. This hut is built of poplar slabs over a poplar frame, with an iron roof and chimney that replace the original canvas roof and ...
Haycocks Bivvy
Hut Basic Hut/Bivvy (DOC). Capacity: 2.
Located on Jam Stream between the Haycock and Seaward Kaikoura Ranges. Jam Hut is downstream.
Jam Hut
Hut Standard Hut (DOC). Capacity: 4.
Small hut on Jam Stream.
Tent Poles Hut
Hut Basic Hut/Bivvy (DOC).
Historic iron and timber hut dating from around 1928. Tent Poles Hut was a stop on a pack track for musterers crossing Blind Saddle.
Alfred Hut
Hut Standard Hut (DOC). Capacity: 4.
Small hut on Alfred Stream, Seaward Kaikoura Range.
Hornby Bivvy
Hut Basic Hut/Bivvy (DOC). Capacity: 2.
Located on the Seaward Kaikoura Range, near Snowgrass Stream and above Snowgrass Hut.
Bluff Dump Hut
Hut Overnight use prohibited (DOC).
An historic hut no longer available for accommodation. Warden Hut is nearby. This hut is an iron musterers' hut dating from the 1920s. The hut was built by Bluff Station and used as a depot on ...
Palmer Bivvy
Hut Basic Hut/Bivvy (DOC). Capacity: 2.
Small hut on Palmer Stream.
Horse Flat Hut
Hut Shelter (DOC).
An historic iron rabbiters' hut on river flats in the Clarence Reserve. The carved door indicates the hut was built in 1909. Dirt floor and no chimney. Overnight stays prohibited.

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.