The Club owns several huts in Canterbury, which provide a good base for mountain activities. These are available either free of charge or at reduced rates for members.

Kennedy Lodge, Arthurs Pass | Wyn Irwin, Mt Cook | Cameron Hut | Banfield Hut | Lyell Hut | Barker Hut | Park Morpeth Hut | Waimak Falls Hut | Eric Bivvy and St Winifred's Hut at the head of the Havelock.

CMC members also have free access to Empress Hut on presentation of a valid membership card.

Backcountry huts - Club huts are primarily for Club Members but all mountain travellers are welcome.

Lodges - Club lodges (Wyn Irwin Lodge and Kennedy Lodge) are for use by Club Members and individuals affiliated with club members. See CMC policy regarding lodge use.

Any feedback on hut and lodge condition, damage needing repair etc, is appreciated. Contact Robin on 027 434 4122, or email

Lodge Access

Wyn Irwin Lodge and Kennedy Lodge currently have combination locks fitted. The combinations are changed regularly. To get a hold of the current code, contact Robin Muirson (03-357-4800 or 027-434-4122) for the Kennedy Lodge code and Cam Mulvey (021-202-7650) for the Wyn Irwin Lodge code. Be sure to plan ahead to obtain the combination well before you plan to leave. Bad planning on your part is no reason for an emergency phone call. The combination for Kennedy Lodge is NOT available from anyone at Arthurs Pass.

Hut and Lodge Fees

Hut and lodge fees can be paid by direct credit to the CMC account 03 1592 0103242 00, putting your name and the hut/lodge name in the payment details. Alternatively send a cheque to the Club Treasurer, PO Box 2415, Christchurch with a note of your name and the hut/lodge you stayed in.

Kennedy Lodge and Wyn Irwin Lodge:

  • $10 per night (members), $25 for non-members, children 12 & under free, 13-17 $8.00 per night.
  • If there is no warden in residence, please complete the hut book with your name, address and number of nights you stayed.

Other huts

  • Free for members and $10 per night for non members.
  • NOTE: DOC Hut tickets are not valid for any CMC huts

A hut/lodge register is kept by keycode access holders to track hut usage. Please pay any hut fees promptly. Club members get first priority in club huts; no bookings are available.

Wyn Irwin interior

Wyn Irwin kitchen

Care of Huts and Lodges

The Club has a long and proud history of building huts in the mountains. The dedicated hut maintenance team led by Robin Muirson carries out regular repairs and upgrades, and this is a major cost to the Club, both in cash and especially in the time put in by Robin and his team. If you would like to help out contact Robin.

Please take care to avoid fire. Candles put our huts at risk. Five huts currently have solar power and others will have it fitted. All huts have, or will soon have, fire extinguishers and fire blankets for smothering flames.

Please remove your rubbish and, at Wyn Irwin, cooperate with the Hut Warden.

Discount for hut in France

Special offer for CMC members:

"Please could you pass on our information to any interested club members? We will give 10-20% discount on any bookings for walking holidays depending on season with a mention of CMC. Here is a little description of what we do, or see our website below for more details. We have a superb footpath network and our own route guide... and nobody knows the area better than us! We have been exploring and observing here for 15 years!

The walking potential from Bareges is enormous with walks for all interests and abilities with an extensive and well signposted footpath network. At lower levels the paths take you through meadows, mixed woodland and the picturesque villages of the Pays Toy, to the south of you enter the National Park and the superb Neouvielle region with its hundred lakes and 3000m peaks. The GR10 long distance footpath also passes through the village. We offer a programme of guided walks each week at the most dramatic sites within the Parc National des Pyrenees. Our vast repertoire, which we have developed over 15 years of exploration ourselves, includes walks at the Cirque de Gavarnie, the Neouvielle lakes, the Cirque de Troumouse, and cross border walks into Spain. At each site we choose our routes by taking into account your interests, using as much as possible lesser known trails. Easy road access into the high mountains allows us to programme walks where one can appreciate the wildlife, savour the dramatic scenery, and enjoy that wonderful feeling of being on top of the world. There is too much to see and enjoy here for head down ascents!"

Rob & Rachel Williamson, Les Sorbiers, 65120 Bareges, France

+33 (0)5 62 92 86 68

+33 (0)6 24 93 70 04