Hut Projects

Alpine huts must withstand an extremely harsh environment, and so the Club has a regular programme of maintenance and improvements. Ideas for new huts are also always being considered. If you have suggestions, please contact the Accomodation Manager through the National Office.

Current Projects

Aspiring Hut 
The Department of Conservation has committed to doing the required earthquake strenghtening of this hut and hopes to have this work completed in the winter of 2015.

Future projects

Beetham Hut

Map References
(Old) NZMS 260 map sheet: H36 875 340
(New 2009) Topo50 map sheet: BX16 775 724

Destroyed by an avalanche in 1996, this hut was extremely popular for climbers visiting Mt Malte Burn and the surrounding area. There has been a large amount of interest in rebuilding this asset in a safer location near by.

More information

Aoraki Mt Cook National Park management plan (Department of Conservation)

Development of the Beetham Hut project::

De la Beche Hut

Due to extensive deterioration this hut was demolished and removed on 20 February 2012. Many thanks to the NZAC volunteers, DOC Aoraki/Mt Cook staff, and Airforce crew who contributed many hours and resources towards the removal. The base frame of the hut remains in place and NZAC hope to be able to replace this hut within the next 5 years. The old bivvy rock is still in place.

Community Conservation Partnership Fund

The NZ Outdoor Recreation Consortium was formed in 2014 as a partnership between FMC, NZDA and Trail Fund NZ to manage and distribute funding obtained from the DoC’s Community Conservation Partnership Fund. For the Year one funding round, we at NZAC are applying for projects at:

  • Elcho Hut - replace 5 timber windows with aluminium ($3392.50) CCPF funding approved
  • Mid Tasman Glacier – a new heli-portable biv. ($40,000.00) CCPF funding approved
  • Ruapehu Hut – upgrading the water system (not approved). Painting hut ($1400), new water tank liner ($820) and contingency for both projects ($500). CCPF funding approved
  • Unwin Lodge - new second water tank for fire backup use ($8063.76) Meridian Waitaki Community Fund approved

Recently completed projects

Cascade Hut – a new roof (2015) CCPF funding.

Centennial Hut – repairs to the door, windows and deck (2015).

Homer Hut – new water tanks (2014) and improved solar power system (2015) CCPF funding .

Ruapehu Hut - new septic tank and toilet system was installed in time for the 2014 busy winter season.

Unwin Lodge - at the completion of the Unwin Lodge redevelopment project the hut was officially reopened on 16 October 2011