Overnight kid friendly hikes to huts in Canterbury

Packhorse Hut
9 bunk beds (bookable)
1-3 hours walk
Banks Peninsula


“From the hut there are sweeping views of the entire Lyttelton Harbour basin, including Lyttelton Harbour and the Port Hills opposite.”

Rod Donald Hut
9 bunk beds (bookable)
50 minute – 1 hour walk
Banks Peninsula


“This hut is owned and maintained by the Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust.

It sits on a 10 ha private property of mainly regenerating native bush protected by a QEII covenant. It offers wonderful views over the Little River area and surrounding hills.”

Wharfdale Hut
8 bunk beds (Bookings not required)
1-3 hours
Oxford Forest Conservation Area


If you love Beech Forests go here.

Woolshed Creek Hut
26 bunk beds (Bookings required)
1-3 hours walk
Mt Somers


“Woolshed Hut is set in tussock country amongst rocky outcrops/formations and next to Woolshed Creek. Climb the small hills nearby for views of the surrounding area, play in the creek, or walk to the water caves (20 minutes) or Emerald Pool (10 minutes). “

***Bonus suggestion for Lewis Pass***
Lake Daniell Track
20 bunk beds (Bookings required)
1-3 hours walk
Lewis Pass Scenic Reserve (West Coast Region)

“Kōhanga Atawhai – Manson Nicholls Hut sits on the edge of Lake Daniell. You can swim in the shallow lake in the summer or fish for trout. The current hut was designed and built especially for families and school groups using innovative, sustainable building techniques. It was completed in March 2020.”


What’s your favourite kid friendly tramp to a hut in Canterbury, Aotearoa | New Zealand?

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