Unwin Lodge: Aoraki Mt Cook Village

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Simon Middlemass and Pip Walter are our lodge managers and they welcome you to Unwin Lodge. The redeveloped lodge has a completely new accommodation wing and is open for bookings. We hope you will check out the fantastic new facilities and enjoy your stay with us.

Hear about the latest happenings at the lodge in News from Unwin.


Unwin Lodge is the flagship of the NZAC hut network. This newly rebuilt lodge sits at the entrance to Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, and is the perfect base for everything from family day trips to the glaciers to adventures on New Zealand’s highest peaks.

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NZMS260 (old): 
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Location description: 

Physical Address: 5355 Mount Cook Road (State Highway 80) RD 99, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, 3km before Aoraki Mt Cook Village - download Location Map (458kb)

Postal Address: PO Box 45, Aoraki Mount Cook, Mount Cook 7946


Download the Unwin Lodge Factsheet (375kb).  48 bunks, family units for members, potable mountain water on tap, modern toilets and showers, electricity, kitchen, stoves and utensils, drying room, washing machine ($2 per wash), dining and common area with woodburner heater, Glasgow-Scott Library for members, WiFi internet access ($5 voucher for 100mb, or purchase time via Zenbu Credit at the Lodge).


Motor Homes and/or camping are not allowed.

The road entrance is clearly marked from state highway 80 - download Location Map (458kb). Please park behind the Lodge. Shuttle transport to Unwin from Lake Tekapo, Twizel and Mount Cook Village can be arranged with The Cook Connection or phone 0800 26 65 26.


All fees are payable to the managers on site. If they are not available, please contact the NZAC National Office, PO Box 786, Christchurch 8140 +64 (0)3 3777595 to arrange payment.

  • Member $20/night
  • Non-member $30/night
  • Members' children (5-17yrs) - $10/night
  • Non-members'  children (5-17 yrs) $15/night
  • If you have a child under 5yrs you must book a room as below
  • Depending on availability and at the manager’s discretion, groups or families may book a bunkroom for their exclusive use and pay for the unused beds at the appropriate member or non-member rate.
  • Member day-use of Lodge facilities (e.g. shower/kitchen/bathrooms) $10/day
  • Guiding Groups - use of Lodge for training days $10/day/person
  • School group rate - students $15/night, staff $20/night

 Highlux Photographyby Mark Watson: Highlux PhotographyBooking is essential for groups and recommended for individual Club members. Family rooms may be booked by members wishing to bring their families. Note that members take preference.

School and club groups are welcome but you need to book in advance. School groups must book outside of the dates 1 November to mid February.

To make a booking or find out more, please contact the lodge managers, Simon and Pip Middlemass, who live on-site in the managers' house next door to the lodge.

Phone +64 (0)3 435 1100
Mobile +64 027 523 5360
Skype: Unwin-Lodge 

Email: unwin [at] alpineclub [dot] org [dot] nz (Simon and Pip MIddlemass) 


Unwin Lodge maybe fully booked for the following nights: 


Labour Weekend Sat-Sun 24-25 Oct - Unwin Family Reunion - fully booked

Mon-Fri 9-13 November - Curators workshop (group departs on 13th) - fully booked


1-11/4/2016 Mt Albert Grammar, Maadi Cup Rowing - fully booked

These events may reduce available bunks for some or all of the event. Please check with the Lodge Managers when booking.

Title Date
Mountain Photography Workshop Thursday, 3 December 2015 - 5:00pm - Monday, 7 December 2015 - 12:00pm


September 2013: Jenny, Peter & Greta
Thank you very much for a wonderful stay. 
We very much enjoyed our time at Unwin Lodge & at Mt Cook. Your Lodge is a super place to stay & our room was perfect for the 3 of us. Greta loved being in a top bunk - a rare treat for her - and the whole lodge was very comfortable, clean and easy to be in. It's great that you have toys for kids, & we very much liked being able to play cards etc by the wood burner.