This historic stone hut, located in the spectacular Matukituki Valley, is a very popular location for families, tramping groups, tourists and of course climbers of all abilities. It provides shelter for those heading further into the mountains, or is a weekend trip in itself.
In the West Matukituki Valley on the banks of Cascade Stream, Mount Aspiring National Park.
Detailed map below.
38 bunks, wood stove, gas cookers (summer only), common room, water tank and flush toilets. Hut warden in residence during summer.
Winter conditions apply at hut from mid-April until Labour Weekend in October – see here
2 hours from Matukituki Valley road end over open river flats.
- Members $15 per night
- Youth (11-17 yrs) $15
- Non-members $25 per night (mid-April – Labour Weekend in Oct); $30 per night (Labour Weekend in Oct – mid-April)
- Children (10 yrs and under) free
Hut fees are payable online by credit card or bank transfer (NZ accounts only), to the Hut Warden when in residence during summer, or at the Department of Conservation office in Wanaka. (There is a drop box outside the office for out of hours payments.)
DOC Wanaka sells special tickets for Aspiring Hut.
No individual bookings are possible. The hut is open all year round and beds are available on a first in, first served basis.
POINT (168.66013527 -44.47706396)
NZTopo50: CA11 548 659
NZMS260 (old): E39 649 277