Mueller Hut | Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park

One of the great New Zealand outdoor day trips or overnighters, for the energetic. That means it’s often fully booked, so you may need to book your space a few days before during much of the year.

It’s quite a climb, and you get up in a hurry, ie, it’s steep.

The track to Sealy Tarns has timber steps; by the time you get there, you are halfway. But then it’s more uneven underfoot with plenty of boulder hopping.

The hut is very well appointed with a wide deck to stand and listen to crashing avalanches dropping from Mount Sefton, 3,151 m, across the Mueller Glacier.

Worth the effort for the reasonably fit.

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category . . . serviced alpine hut

hut fee . . . Fees from 1 July 2023

Adult (18+ years): $45 per night ($35 for New Zealand Alpine Club members)
Child/Youth (5–17 years): $22.50 per night
Infant (0–4 years): free

Mid November – 30 April Pay when you make a booking.

1 May – mid November Pay at the Aoraki/Mount Cook Visitor Centre on the day you start.

Backcountry Hut Passes and Backcountry Hut Tickets cannot be used at this hut.

elevation . . . 1800 m

bunks . . . 28 mattresses on sleeping platforms in two bunkrooms

built . . . 2003, the fifth version of the hut

heating . . . woodburner, wood supplied

water . . . tap outside above sinks from rainwater tank

toilet . . . 2 x longdrop (a short walk outside, with waste helicoptered out)

facilities . . . picnic tables, gas cooking, lighting

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