DOC aligns campsite and Great Walk hut feesThe Department of Conservation 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. DOC Commercial Business Unit (CBU) Director David Wilks said in a statement that the inconsistency of fees under the current system means 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,” Wilks said. “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.” Wilks added 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. The new pricing from July 1 Campsites – per adult, per night
- Tier 1 (Serviced campsites) $15
- Tier 2 (Scenic Campsites) $10
- Tier 3 (Standard Campsites) $6
- 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