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Pioneer Hut


Fox Glacier, Westland National Park




One of the busiest alpine huts in New Zealand, this alpine hut sits high on a rocky cliff above the Fox Glacier névé. There are numerous opportunists for skilled alpinists, from ski mountaineering, to ascents of the mighty Mount Tasman, New Zealand’s second highest peak.



On Pioneer Ridge, Fox Glacier névé.
Detailed map below.



16 bunks with mattresses only, radio, patchy utensils (suggest need to take your own), no stove, water tank (May be frozen in winter so take enough extra fuel to melt snow for water. Should be running okay in summer). The busy period is August to March, be prepared to snowcave, as the hut can’t be prebooked.



Usually by air, on foot via Graham Saddle, or from Grand Plateau, Chancellor or Centennial Huts.



Hut fees payable online by credit card or bank transfer (NZ accounts only) – see above, or to Department of Conservation Mt Cook or Westland, or to the NZAC National Office, PO Box 786, Christchurch.

  • Members $20 per night
  • Non-members $35 per night
  • Member camping/day-use $7.50 pp and non-members $15 pp



No bookings are possible. The hut is open all year round and beds are allocated on a first in first served basis.


Location Map:

View on TopoMaps

Point Location:


POINT (170.18191338 -43.53066028)
NZTopo50:  BX16 722 764
NZMS260 (old):  H36 822 381


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