Mt Aspiring National Park
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, a water tank and flush toilets. Hut warden in residence during summer.
Winter conditions apply at the hut from mid-April until Labour Weekend in October as follows:
- Ranger will no longer be in residence.
- Gas cookers have been removed.
- The flush-toilet block will be locked.
- Basic services comprising mattresses, tank water, wood-burner and a long-drop toilet will remain.
Please see the DOC website for further details
2 hours from Matukituki Valley road end over open river flats.
Hut Closure Notice:
Aspiring Hut is open for bookings until 30 April and then from 1st December. Bookings are not required from 1 May to 30 November. A hut closure period during the 2021/2022 season will be announced at a later date. Any bookings made prior to this announcement will be cancelled and refunds provided. NZAC and DOC apologise for any inconvenience this causes.
- Members $20 per night
- Non-members $40 per night
- Youth (11-17 yrs) $10
- All children (10 yrs and under) free
Winter Rate 1st May to Late October (Labour Weekend):
- Members $10.00 per night
- Non-members $30 per night
- Youth (11-17 yrs) $5
- All children (10 yrs and under) free
This hut runs on a booking system during summer. Please see below for more information.
From December 1st, 2020, Aspiring Hut is available for bookings through the DoC website here: Aspiring Hut Bookings
Unfortunately, the NZAC member price is not currently available through the DoC booking system. To obtain member discount please:
- Call the Tititea/Mt Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre on 03 443 7660 to book over the phone.
- Book online paying full price, then contact DoC 48 hrs later to receive a refund of the difference. The DoC office requires 48 hours for the bank to process the payment before they can refund it.
- Neither method will incur the booking fee indicated on the DoC website
- The NZAC office does not have access to the system and cannot provide refunds. Please call the Tititea/Mt Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre on 03 443 7660 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
High Rainfall Action Plan:
DoC has put in place a Central Otago rainfall action plan (see here). Aspiring hut will be closed if the rain forecast exceeds trigger levels. This plan will be extended to include Cascade Hut.
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Aspiring Hut closed from end of April 2021 – Aspiring Hut will be closed from the end of April 2021 for an upgrade until further notice. The campsite will still be available with no bookings required. If work is delayed the hut may be available in March on a first come first served system. This alert will be updated whenever there are changes.
Huts are open and back to full capacity as long as we remain at COVID19 Alert Level 1. Check the government website for the latest information on levels and restrictions.
Keeping yourself and others safe
It’s important that visitors take responsibility for their own Covid-19 hygiene and safety:
- If you are sick, stay home.
- If you have cold or flu symptoms, call your doctor or Healthline and get tested.
- Wash your hands, thoroughly and often, using soap you carry with you.
- Keep track of where you have been. Complete the hut book and take a photo for your records.