Hodder Huts Access Information​​​​​​​

It is important that all intending visitors to the huts read the following thoroughly:

There is no "booking system" in place for using the MTC’s Hodder Huts, but you are required to obtain an Access Number for permission to use the huts facilities. 

This does not guarantee space in the huts but does acknowledge that you are intending to visit on the dates advised and enables us to keep in touch with everyone who uses the facilities; huts, toilets, water etc

Do not not ot leave it until the last minute to apply for your access number. Our administrators are volunteers - please allow at the very least 48 hours  for us to reply before your departure  from home.   

MTC Huts admin team are currently experiencing difficulty with some applicants not paying their hut fees or not notifying cancelled trips 

  • Hut fees are due within 10 days of your trip.     $10 per person per night for the use of the huts and/or facilities to: MTC Bank Account 03 0599 0283288 00 - Please quote your name and access Number.
  • If for any reason you are unable to make the trip  as planned please advise  us by email to     

Thank you for your co-operation.

Firstly, apply for an Access Number by emailing and provide the  following:

Name  -  Address  -  Phone/mobile no  -

Names of people in your party  -

Dates of trip -

Number of nights staying at the huts -

Rego No and make of your vehicle that will be parked at Gladstone Downs  (Important info required in the unlikely event of needing to call in SAR)

Please also advise if you will be carrying a PLB.

The numbered access form will be emailed back to you as soon as possible and your number should  be displayed on the dashboard of your vehicle.  When you receive your access number please read the document thoroughly.


Secondly, contact the landowners Bev and Allan Pitts of Gladstone Downs (03 575 7471) to obtain permission for access across their land. Quote your Huts Access number and also advise them of any changes to Rego details of the vehicle that you will leave in the parking area so they can check that parties have safely returned from the mountain.

Important Notes re weather and river conditions, numbers, tenting etc

The Pitts family, the landowners, are the best people to give advice re local weather and river conditions, numbers and whether or not you should carry tents.  Sizes of parties, experience are all part of the decision.

Take note:  This is not a marked route and you need  reasonable navigation skills.   Some cairns noted in the guide may not be still in place after heavy rains etc.     Map  is       BS27 Tapuae-o-Uenuku

BEACON HIRE:    Plb's can be hired from Nelson Area Locator Beacon Trust  at a very reasonable cost. Local Blenheim agent Paul Rennie phone 03 5785311

Crampons and Ice Axes can be hired from Marlborough Tramping Club  Contact Greg by Txting 027 2270944  

Be well prepared but most of all HAVE A GREAT TRIP.   We would love to see  your photos on our face book page.