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Unwin Lodge

Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park

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Lodge managers Simon Middlemass and Pip Walter welcome you to Unwin Lodge.

Unwin Lodge is the flagship of the NZAC hut network. The Lodge was substantially rebuilt in 2012 on the site we have occupied since 1949 and 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.




Click to read the Unwin Lodge Factsheet PDF
48 bunks – 1x 10 person, 5 x 6 person dorms and two  4 bed “family” rooms for members and those with under 5’s,

Modern toilets and showers, electricity, fully equipped kitchen, stoves and utensils, drying room, washing machine and soap powder ($2 per wash, powder supplied), a spacious dining and common area with wood burner. There is an Alpine library for NZAC members.

  • There is a small charge for casual showers ($5) or day use ($10) if you are not staying with us.
  • You can pay for your stay with cash or EFTPOS (preferred). PS It’s good to bring cash in case our system breaks down/power outages etc
  • We also have a couple of bikes for village access.
  • Please note that we are a Club hut, not a backpackers and do not provide bedding or pillows.
  • Twizel is the nearest town with a supermarket. There is a limited amount of very pricey food available at the Hermitage Shop or the YHA.
  • Petrol (Premium 98 and Diesel) is available from a self-service facility near the Day shelter. Again it’s cheaper to fill up in Twizel.




Bookings can be made via email (preferred) or phone through the lodge managers (contact details below). There is no online booking.

  • Member $20/night
  • Non-member $30/night
  • Members’ children (5-17 yrs) – $10/night
  • Non-members’  children (5-17 yrs) $15/night
  • If you have a child under 5yrs you must book a room exclusively as below
  • Exclusive use: Depending on availability and at the manager’s discretion, groups or families may book a bunkroom for their exclusive use. These are charged on a room rate as below

         NB: NZAC Members with families have priority 

         4-bed family room  $80 members/$120 non-members
         6-bunk room $120 members/$180 non-members

  • Casual day-use of Lodge facilities (e.g. showers/kitchen/lounge) $10/day/person
  • Casual shower  -$5 p.p
  • Guiding Groups – use of Lodge for training days $10/day/person when not staying.
  • School group rate– school students $15/night, staff $20/night

Please pay when you get here and it’s often good to have cash in case electronic methods are not working or if the Managers are not around to drop in the honesty box.




  • Booking is essential for groups and recommended for individuals.
  • The NZ Alpine Club may, at our discretion, accept non-member bookings. Your booking may be cancelled if NZAC Members need beds.
  • Family rooms (4 bed or 6 bed) may be booked for exclusive use by members wishing to bring their families. They are charged on a room rate.
  • Please email  

Note that NZAC 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.
  • You can make a booking inquiry via email (preferred) or give the Managers a call, they are always happy to provide info and advice to help you on your adventures. We are unlikely to take individual bookings months out unless on a course or climbing trip. Please Email your request.
  • Please note that they like to get out and about and have some other commitments so are often unavailable for part of the day, but can be reached by phone: +64 (0)27 523 5360

Remember NZAC members receive discounted rates and priority.


Notices for Unwin Users


Public Holidays:

Generally, these and long weekends are for NZAC Members only

The following events may reduce available bunks for some or all of the event. Please check with the Lodge Managers when booking. Unwin Lodge may be fully or partially booked or unavailable for the following nights/events: This is just a guideline on when we have bigger groups pre-booked.


Xmas/New Year – NZAC only, no bookings are taken

Oct 4th Mt Cook Marathon – quite full

Oct 23-25 Primary school group

Oct 25 Labour w/e basically full now

Oct 30 + 31 Fairlie School

Nov 8/9 Southern Deerstalkers 25

Feb 15 + 16 University Melbourne x 28

Feb 18-19-20 St Micheals school group

Feb 22 A2O Ultra marathon x 22

Feb 25 + 26 St Andrews school

March 2/3/4/5 Glenavy School

March 8-9 Dunstan High

March 10 + 11 Hillmorton High

March 15 + 16 Waitaki Girls

March 17-18-19 Roncalli

March 27 – April 4 Booked exclusively for Rowing group


Physical Address:

Unwin Lodge, 5355 Mount Cook Road (State Highway 80) , Aoraki Mount Cook National Park,

3km before Aoraki Mt Cook Village

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

Detailed map below, or click for a downloadable Location Map PDF



The road entrance is clearly marked from state highway 80 about 1 km from the airport turn off. 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.

Motor Homes and/or camping are not allowed under our concession.



Pip and Simon

Mobile +64 27 523 5360



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.


Location Map:

View on TopoMaps


Point Location:

NZTopo50: BY15 680 509
NZMS260 (old): H36 780 125


Main photo Unwin Winter 2015: Simon Middlemass/Outer Limits

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