The hut has a stainless steel bench top, solar lighting, area map, fire extinguisher and blanket, rainwater tank & inside toilet. There are no bunks.

ACCESS to hut

This day shelter sits along side the Temple Basin ski field in Arthur’s Pass, an hours walk from State Highway 73.


This day hut is free for anyone to use – but if you would like to support this huts upkeep – please make donations to the CMC bank account 03 1592 0103242 00, putting your name and Lockwood Shelter in the reference.


  • Mt Temple at 1913m
  • Phipps Peak at 1965m
  • Phipps-Temple traverse
  • Temple Buttress – winter gullies and alpine rock climbing


The shelter was built in the summer of 1971-72 with the help of a bequest from the estate of George Lockwood – a keen skier and mountaineer, and one of the founding members of the Christchurch Ski Club. George owned one of the first baches in Arthur’s Pass and served on the Park Board for many years.

With its good access and extensive views over to Mt Rolleston the shelter has been a popular destination, and a very convenient base for many alpine instruction courses. In recent years, however, the condition of shelter deteriorated, to the point where in 2009 the Department of Conservation suggested removing it due to the high maintenance costs. As DoC anticipated, this was not a popular option and many volunteers came forward offering help to fix up and maintain the shelter. The CMC proposed that it take over the management of the shelter and coordinate the fund-raising and repair work necessary.

As part of the fund-raising, all profits from the annual “Highlights from the NZ Mountain Film Festival” evening organised by the CMC have been put towards the shelter. Other donors include the Arthur’s Pass Association and the Lockwood family, which has made a generous annual donation. If you would like to make a donation, big or small, please contact the CMC treasurer.

Repair work is being coordinated by the Backcountry Trust and Graeme Jacobs & Ewan Baron (CMC). Many of the materials needed have now been purchased and are on site, and Robin is organising regular work parties. If you would like to help out please contact our huts team.


As a club member if something needs attention or repairing please let our huts team know.

The CMC and Lockwood family would like to thank the following who have helped with the restoration work, made donations or assisted in other ways.


  • Aaron Gillespie
  • Bivouac
  • Chris Stewart
  • Donald Reid
  • Gordon Habgood
  • Hamish Fairburn
  • Ian Gardiner
  • Jenna from Canada
  • John Williams
  • Katherine Peet
  • Martin Gledhill
  • Robin Muirson
  • Scott Parfit
  • Sophie Hartnell
  • The Roxx


  • John and Annea Lockwood
  • The Arthur’s Pass Association