Not sure what we mean by a DOC hut on the Routeburn Track?  I hope this help to clear things up, and helps you to take the plunge and enjoy the Routeburn Track in good ol’ Kiwi tramping styles.

To begin with DOC stands for the Department of Conservation, who look after New Zealand’s National Parks.  The also maintain facilities for people visiting which includes many huts throughout New Zealand back country. Huts are categorized depending on the facilities available, and often the size of the hut.   There are four huts on the Routeburn Track, each located in a beautiful bush/mountain setting with no electricity or technology distractions – the ideal for many people wanting to escape for a few days!

The huts on the Routeburn Track are categorized as Great Walk huts and each has its own personality which is largely due to location.  They are very popular and there is a booking system in place to ensure there are enough beds for walkers.  These days it is important to book in advance to avoid missing out on your ideal Routeburn Experience.

A little more about Great Walk Huts:Mckenzie Bunkroom

  • A friendly conservation ranger will be present at the hut who can answer many of your questions about the hut, the track, the weather and local plants and birds.
  • Sleeping arrangements are bunks with mattresses provided and in a communal layout.
  • The huts have flushing toilets and wash basins with cold running water – no showers, however there are lakes/rivers nearby for the brave!Mackenzie hut inside
  • The kitchen/dining area is heated by a log fire and for cooking there are multiple gas stoves provided for use (these include fuel).  Remember, you need to bring your own cooking and eating utensils with you, plus equipment to tidy up with.
  • This is a great place to relax after the day with a cuppa and share a story or two.

In our Routeburn Track hiking packages we provide all food and cooking/outdoors equipment required to walk the Routeburn independently.  Retain your freedom without the logistics and packing issues.

Just as it is important to take everything you need – it is also important to leave the kitchen sink behind!!  You need to keep your pack light – and this is very achievable on the Routeburn Track – also a very important part of ensuring your experience is magical.

Do you have a ‘non essential’ piece of outdoors equipment you simply MUST HAVE when hiking?  (We all do…)  Tell us about it as a comment below.