Franz Josef Glacier, Westland National Park
Notes: from the Department of Conservation (updated 24 Jan 2020)
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre will remain at Winter season opening hours until further notice.
The nightly radio weather sked with Pioneer, Almer, Centennial and Chancellor huts will be at 1705, rather than 1805 as listed on the posters in the huts.
If guides or clients require a weather forecast but are arriving at the hut later than 1705 they can radio the DoC Visitor Centre the following morning from 0830 to request a forecast update.
DoC hopes to extend to later summer hours further on in the season (0830-1800).[/box]
Named to mark the centennial of the Club (formed in1891), this alpine hut sits on a small outcrop of rock that protrudes from the Franz Josef névé. The vista of the sea lapping the west coast is spread below, and the peaks of the southern alps tower above.
20 bunks with mattresses only, limited electric light, radio to heli company and DoC, phone charger port, USB (50cm cord min), water tank.
Plates, cutlery, pots, scrubbers, toaster, espresso maker, teapot.
Air access to Davis Snowfield. Typically ground parties will come from either Almer Hut, Pioneer Hut, or Graham Saddle.
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 $40 per night
- Day-use $15 pp
No bookings are possible. The hut is open all year round and beds are allocated on a first-in first-served basis.
POINT (170.23328304 -43.507725)
NZTopo50: BX16 761 794
NZMS260 (old): H35 860 410
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.
Note: You need to log in first, when booking, to obtain member rates.