Accommodation Plan and Policy

Arthur's Pass HutArthur's Pass Hut


“To be a leading provider of alpine accommodation in New Zealand.”


“To actively manage and improve the Club’s network of base accommodation and mountain huts to provide a sustainable resource and service for Club members.”

Delegated Role

“The Accommodation Subcommittee shall oversee the management of the Club’s capital assets, and ensure that their integrity and value to the Club are enhanced by adequate short and long term plans for maintenance and repair; and plan for the construction of new buildings. With the Finance Subcommittee, the Accommodation Subcommittee shall develop long term financial strategies as part of these plans.” (Club Rules)

Unwin LodgeUnwin LodgeStrategic Plan Items: “Unwin Lodge has been upgraded to provide the Club’s flagship property at Aoraki Mount Cook; a new club hut near the Beetham Valley has been completed; average annual occupancy of Unwin, Aspiring, Porter, Homer and Arthur’s Pass lodges has increased to 40%; average annual occupancy of Pioneer, Centennial, French Ridge and Colin Todd is maintained at 30%.” (2005-2010 Plan)

Current Committee Members

  • Richard Wesley (Business Manager) | Canterbury Westland Section |  richardwesley [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Alistair Walker | Southland Section | mealluaine [at] actrix [dot] co [dot] nz
  • Chas Tanner | Otago Section | unwin [at] alpineclub [dot] org [dot] nz 
  • Ian Rogers | South Canterbury Section | twopeaks [at] xtra [dot] co [dot] nz
  • John Cocks | Otago Section | john [dot] h [dot] cocks [at] nz [dot] mwhglobal [dot] com
  • Richard Knott | Central North Island Section | richard [dot] knott [at] xtra [dot] co [dot] nz

Homer HutHomer Hut

Accommodation Policy Document

This document contains the Club's policy on operating the accommodation network. Comments, suggestions, additions and feedback is always welcome:

Accommodation Policy Draft Ammendments for CCM October 2009 (pdf 81kb)

Meeting Minutes

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2010 |
2009 | March (13kb) | Sep (145kb) |
2008 | Feb (15kb) | Apr (17kb) | Sept (11kb) | Nov (16kb)
2007 | Mch (14kb) | Jun (30kb) |
2006 | Jul (24kb) | Oct (21kb) | Dec (11kb)

Godley HutGodley Hut

Financial Information & Past Reports

1992 – 2008 Accommodation Income Figures (13kb)

Unwin Lodge Redevelopment Project

2006 Completion Report Homer Hut Upgrade (PDF, 421KB)

2001 Possible Future Hut Projects (PDF, 1.1MB)

2001 Huts Review Implementation (PDF, 58KB)

2001 NZAC Huts Progress Review (129kb)

2009 Unwin Lodge Survey (36kb)

Information on Individual Huts and Lodges

Ruapehu HutRuapehu Hut


More information on huts, including location, photos and history.

Strategic Objectives

  • Run a hut management system that provides for the lawful and efficient operation and maintenance of Club huts and associated facilities and follows modern, asset management practice.
  • Investigate and identify potential important climbing accommodation locations and needs.
  • Ensure that maintenance work is carried out on Club huts via Club Sections, DoC agreements, and/or the National Office.
  • To balance accommodation expenditure against accommodation income.

2008-2009 Club Plan Items

To be added after the May 2008 Club Committee Meeting

2007-2008 Club Plan Items

1. Ongoing maintenance of base lodges and huts:
• Unwin – lower ground levels at rear of main building (NOT COMPLETED)
• Porter Lodge – roof repainting. (NOT COMPLETED)
• Arthur’s Pass Lodge – new spouting, bathroom maintenance, complete underfloor insulation (PARTLY COMPLETED)
• Ruapehu Hut – patch external cladding, replace flooring in entrance foyer and drying room, strengthen entrance way door (COMPLETED)

2. Ongoing maintenance of alpine huts via DOC agreements, in consultation with relevant Section reps and committees:
• Westland Huts Agreement – Pioneer: replace damaged windows, improvements to toilet system, install new water tank and associated stand and sink, Centennial: investigate damaged toilet support leg, mattress replacement, minor water tank repairs. (PARTLY COMPLETED)
• Aspiring Huts Agreement - French Ridge wardens quarters gas heating, Esquilant Biv toilet relocation, Colin Todd window replacement (COMPLETED)
3. Ongoing maintenance of back country huts – Godley Hut: fix radio, Elcho Hut: install hut fees sign (PARTLY COMPLETED)

4. Hut management:
• Follow up booking and hut fee payment – Porter Lodge, Arthur’s Pass Lodge, Ruapehu Hut. (PARTLY COMPLETED)
• Recruit wardens for Porter Lodge and Homer Hut over the busy summer months. (COMPLETED)
• Maintain good working relationship with Unwin Lodge warden. (COMPLETED)
• Monitor management system – Cascade Hut. (NOT COMPLETED)
• Review the level of hut fees currently charged by the Club. (COMPETED)
• Improve hut signage as required (NOT COMPLETED)
• Maintain good relationship with DOC, especially via the three Hut Management agreements (Aspiring, Aoraki/Mt Cook, and Westland). (COMPLETED)
• Manage peak usage of high alpine huts in popular areas, in consultation with other stakeholders. (NOT COMPLETED)
• Improve marketing of base lodges outside peak summer usage. (PARTLY COMPLETED)

5. Major works:
• Murchison Hut recladding, ventilation and window replacement. (NOT COMPLETED)
• Unwin Lodge – re-roofing of Main Building Common Room and Warden’s Quarters, replacement of external cladding and windows of Main Building Common Room, quantity survey of Bunkroom Wing replacement. (PARTLY COMPLETED)
• Progress longer term re-development plan for Unwin Lodge. (PARTLY COMPLETED)
• Ruapehu Hut – replacement of external cladding and windows, kitchen upgrade. Seek redress for incorrect installation of roofing paper in 2004. (NOT COMPLETED)
• Investigate options to enlarge Pioneer Hut (NOT COMPLETED)
• Investigate options to enlarge Colin Todd Hut (NOT COMPLETED)

6. Financial:
• Produce a 5 year plan and budget for non-routine maintenance and major works (COMPLETED)
• Seek funding for future work (PARTLY COMPLETED)
• Work towards reserve funds that are sufficient to meet Club members future accommodation needs. (COMPLETED)
• Work towards balancing routine accommodation expenses against income from hut fees. (COMPLETED)