Date: 11 April 2012
The Department of Conservation (DOC) is set to introduce a new three-tiered pricing system for huts on the Great Walks network and paid campsites throughout the country.
Current fees for paid campsites and Great Walks huts vary around the country. The new system, which comes into effect on July 1, will set uniform charges to make it simpler for users to plan outdoor trips and book accommodation accordingly.
DOC Commercial Business Unit (CBU) Director David Wilks says that the inconsistency of fees under the current system means that people pay different prices in different parts of the country for the same service.
“DOC faces growing costs to maintain our hut and campground network and, instead of simply putting fees up by a set amount, we’ve taken the opportunity to align our prices nationally in a much simpler system.
“By doing this we aim to give customers consistency and confidence when booking accommodation – making it easier to plan their trips to the great outdoors.”
David Wilks says the impact on existing Great Walk and campsite charges will vary around the country, with some fees rising by a couple of dollars a night and others falling.
“We want a simple and affordable system – for example we think a maximum charge of $15 a night for an adult at a serviced campground is still reasonable.”
The changes affect only those fees that DOC already charges at its standard and serviced camp grounds and the high standard Great Walk huts.
Campsites – per adult, per night
- Tier 1 (Serviced campsites) $15: flush toilets; tap water; kitchen/cooking bench; hot showers; rubbish collection; road access for all types of vehicles. May include laundry facilities; barbecues; fireplaces; cookers and picnic tables.
- Tier 2 (Scenic Campsites) $10: composting or pit toilets; tap, water supply (tap/stream/lake); vehicle or boat access. May include wood barbeques and fireplaces; cold showers; picnic tables; cooking shelter; rubbish bins.
- Tier 3 (Standard Campsites) $6: composting or pit toilets; water supply (tap/stream/lake); vehicle or boat access. May include wood barbeques and fireplaces; cold showers; picnic tables; a cooking shelter; rubbish bins.
- DOC’s current serviced campsite fees range from $4 to $19 dollars depending on location
Great Walks Huts – per adult, per night
- Tier 1 (includes Milford, Routeburn and Kepler Tracks): $54 – up $2.90.
- Tier 2 (includes the five mid-range Great Walks: Abel Tasman Coast Track, Heaphy Track, Tongariro Northern Circuit, Whanganui Journey, Lake Waikaremoana Track): $32 – costs currently range from $30.60-$35.70.
- Tier 3 (includes the Rakiura Track): $22 – up $1.60.
- Great Walk huts are equipped with sleeping bunks; mattresses; cooking, heating, toilet and water facilities.
NOTE: There will be no change to the fees currently charged for the 940 DOC managed backcountry huts, and the 65 DOC managed Basic campsites around the country will remain free of charge.