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.
Please note: NZAC Aspiring Hut tickets purchased through this site can only be used for bookings made up until Nov 30, 2019. They will become invalid after that date when all bookings will only be possible through the Department of Conservation. The link to their booking site will be added as soon as it is made available to us.
To receive NZAC discounted rates, once the DoC system is operational, members will need to call the Tititea/Mount Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre +64 3 443 7660 and provide their membership number. They will then have to present their card to the warden when they stay to confirm membership. If the Centre is closed they will need to book online and then contact the visitor centre during opening hours to arrange for reimbursement.
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 (May 1st – Labour Weekend in Oct); $30 per night (Labour Weekend in Oct – 30th 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 at Aspiring Hut. The hut is open all year round and beds are available on a first-in, first-served basis.
When booking in advance you must take your receipt with you to show proof of payment to the DoC Warden. If you cannot show proof of payment, you will likely be required to pay again by the warden. NZAC can only sell adult member/non-member bed nights online, for all other rates please purchase these from the DOC office, directly.
Please read and complete the following notification form if you wish to utilise Aspiring Hut for a large group stay. When completed, please return to the DoC contact supplied on the form: Large group notification form – NZAC and DOC huts
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