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Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park

Huts are open

– Please email first as usual – there may be schools here and most require no other people here under their H & S requirements.

– Scan in AND Sign in please

– Pip and Simon will be having limited contact with people so they can keep the Lodge open as long as possible – if they get sick and need to isolate the Lodge will have to close. So they are not being rude just conscious of the situation.

– Please bring cash for the Hut Fees box. We can’t do contactless payments so it is easiest.

– Remember to tidy up after yourselves and take any rubbish away with you please.

– Socially distance and wash those hands…

– If you are sick, stay home.

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 of the facilities ($10) if you are not staying with us.
  • There is no Wifi – and you need 027 to get decent reception.
  • You can pay for your stay with cash or EFTPOS. PS It’s good to bring cash in case our system breaks down/power outages/ no one being about etc. There is an Honesty Box in the foyer.
  • 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. If your fuel warning light has just come on you should easily get to Twizel.


Pip and Simon

Mobile +64 27 523 5360
Email: [email protected]

Main photo Unwin Winter 2015: Simon Middlemass/Outer Limits


You will need to have made a booking enquiry via email still. Pre-planning can avoid disappointment.


Just as you would in any hut you can do it here to0 – rubbish is an expensive business here and has been supported by the operations of the Mount Cook Alpine Village Ltd. As they are currently partly closed we are looking at ways to reduce our waste product operating costs. It seems logical if you arrive in a vehicle you can take stuff away with you. We appreciate your help.

This includes food scraps/waste as well as recycling and glass!!


If you want to have a fire ???? bring some lighting  material  it’s hard to get – newspaper still rocks as the best!!

Simon  and Pip

Unwin Facebook Page


  • 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 at a room rate.
  • Please email us[email protected]  

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.


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-members $40/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
  • Family Rooms/Exclusive use: Depending on availability and at the manager’s discretion,  member families or groups may book a bunkroom for their exclusive use.Family Rooms are charged on a room rate as below

         NB: NZAC Members with families have priority 

  •           4-bed family room  $80 members/$160 non-members         
  •           6-bunk room             $120 members/$240 non-members
  •          10-bunk room             $200 members/$400 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 based on a full room rate

Please pay when you get here. It’s often good to have cash in case electronic methods are not working or if the Managers are not around.  You can fill-in an envelope and drop cash in the honesty box.  Especially useful if you arrive late and leave early.

Notices for Unwin Users

Public Holidays:

Generally, these and long weekends are for NZAC Members only

Please check with the Lodge Managers when booking.

It is best to avoid Unwin on the following dates as we have large groups staying

  • Sept 26 + 27 School Group 
  • Sept 27 + 28 Police SAR Group 
  • Sept 28+29 ARA Polytech group
  • Sept 30 Mt Cook Marathon Group 
  • November 22 + 23 School Group (small)


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. Drive slowly.

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.

Location Map:

View on TopoMaps

Point Location:

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

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