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DOC opens bookings for huts, lodges, and campsites

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DOC opens bookings for huts, lodges, and campsites

Hooker Hut in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park. Photo: M Hayward | DOC

Non-Great Walk DOC huts, lodges, campsite, and cottage bookings open today, 9 April 2024. Bookings for the 2024–25 season have been staggered to give people making multiple bookings a better chance of securing their preferred dates, DOC said. The season runs from 1 July 2024 to 30 June 2025.

Bookings open at 9.30 am on the dates below:

  • South Island campsites:  9 April 2024
  • North Island campsites: 11 April 2024
  • Huts: 16 April 2024
  • Tōtaranui campground:17 April 2024
  • Sole occupancy lodges, cabins and cottages:18 April 2024
  • Momorangi campground: 23 April 2024

Great Walks bookings will open from May, with specific dates to be announced later this month.

DOC has also adjusted the pricing of 21 high-demand huts, campsites, and cottages to contribute to the increasing costs as part of its annual pricing review.

“Not all facilities are subject to increase, just 21 out of nearly 1,300 campsites, huts, and cottages,” said director of heritage and visitors, Cat Wilson.

“Increases will take effect for these (21) sites from 1 July 2024, and they range from a $5 – $15 increase for the most popular huts such as Hooker and Mueller huts in the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park.

“More people using DOC’s most popular huts means higher upkeep and maintenance costs.

“New Zealand has a huge variety of facilities with price points for all budgets, including many that are free for everyone to enjoy. We recommend booking huts, campsites, and cottages early to secure popular dates and times.”

Find more information on DOC’s recent pricing changes here and to make bookings here.

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