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 (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.
On the weekend Friday night 19 July to Sunday 21 July 2019, a large group (70) from the Otago University Tramping Club will be staying at Aspiring Hut and the nearby campground. NZAC members are advised that Cascade Hut may be considered as an alternative venue during this period: Cascade Hut bookings
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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