Hodder Huts Access Information


25th March. 

The Awatere Valley Road is now open to   5km past Hodder River Bridge  , from this point it is only open for residents and essential services. .

As crews are working in the valley please expect delays and be aware of additional truck movements, especially around the Jordan Bridge and Woodman's Bend. 

See the latest information on the  Marlborough Roads Newsletter  

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

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 by return and your number should  be displayed on the dashboard of your vehicle.


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.   Map  is       BS27 Tapuae-o-Uenuku

Payment: $10 per person per night, including those who are tenting.

Payment should be made as soon as possible after your trip. Please quote your name and access number when making payment to our bank account  03 0599 0283288 00

There are no refunds of payments made prior if trip is cancelled due to unfavourable weather conditions etc.

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

Be well prepared but most of all HAVE A GREAT TRIP