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Garry



Location: New Zealander in Scotland
 DOC Huts


We are somewhat spoilt in New Zealand when it comes to backcountry huts. We have over 1000 public huts ranging from simple rock overhangs to fully serviced huts with gas cooking and heating.

Hut tickets or a annual hut pass are required for the majority of these huts which can be purchased at DOC offices. Having a ticket or annual pass doesn't guarantee a bed though, it works on a first come first served basis, except for huts on the great walks which require booking.

Your annual hut pass or stardard ticket is not valid for the great walks during the booked walking season.

Prices and Categories
Great Walk Hut: $10 - $35 depending on the season
Mattresses, water supply, toilets, hand washing and heating with fuel available. There may be cooking facilities with fuel (no cooking utensils), solar lighting and a warden.




Serviced Hut: $10 (Alpine Serviced huts $20 - $25)
Bunks or sleeping platforms with mattresses, water supply, heating, toilet and hand washing facilities. They may have cooking facilities and a warden on a seasonal basis.




Standard Hut: $5
Bunks or sleeping platforms with mattresses, a toilet and water supply.




Basic Hut/Bivvy: No charge
Basic shelter with limited facilities and services.




An annual hut pass ($90) allows trampers to use most DOC huts (except the Great Walks huts during the booked season from late October to late April).

above sourced from http://www.doc.govt.nz/templates/summary.aspx?id=38342]DOC (2007).

Hut Etiquette
Respect the comfort of other occupants.
If the hut is full try and find room for other trampers.
Fill in the hut log book.
Pay your hut fees.
Take ALL your rubbish with you.
Replace any firewood you have used.
If you are last to leave sweep the floor and make sure the hut is secure and tidy.


The new breed of DOC Huts.



Something a bit more rustic



Long Harry Hut - Stewart Island - million dollar views for $5 a night.


More Photos of DoC huts.


Last edited by Garry on Fri Jun 22, 2007 8:33 pm; edited 3 times in total
Bindra




 

This is probablly a very silly question from someone new to the site, but...

What's Doc (DoC) and why do they keep awsome cheep cabins? Shocked
lamertje




 

Bindra wrote:
This is probablly a very silly question from someone new to the site, but...

What's Doc (DoC) and why do they keep awsome cheep cabins? Shocked


Hi Bindra,
DoC stands for Department of Conservation, proof that the NZ government does something right.
DoC huts have been one of the best things about traveling in NZ.

what is up with the above posts?