The hut has been refurbished in April 2005 and it has six new bunks with foam mattresses, insulated walls, double glazed window, a cooking bench, fire extinguisher & blanket, and fixed ventilation. A new toilet was installed in February 2012, along with a new work bench, solar panel and solar lighting.

ACCESS to hut

Waimakariri Falls Hut is situated in the headwaters of the Waimakariri river. e hut is at approximately 1300m, directly above the falls. An access bridge spans the gorge just below the hut.


The prefered payment method is by direct credit to the CMC bank account 03 1592 0103242 00, putting your name and the hut/lodge name in the payment details. Hut fees can also be paid into the cash box.

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


  • Carrington Peak 2010m
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  • Mt Armstrong 2110m.


The first hut was built in 1946 up in the Jaggard Stream basin in memory of Bruce Banfield who lost his life in an avalanche descending from the White Col into the head of the Burnett Stream in August 1944 he was only 23 years of age. The hut was constructed with a lightweight timber framing covered with 7mm ply and sheathed with flat sheet aluminium. It was subsequently demolished about three years later by an avalanche.

The current hut was built in 1950 in more safe confines overlooking the Rakaia River where the Jaggard Stream emerges from the hills. This hut was revamped in 2003 and has 6 bunks with foam pads, ss bench top, area map, solar lighting, fire extinguisher and blanket, new outside toilet. The mountain radio is now installed at the Reischek Hut further up stream.


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

Waimakariri falls hut - Rose Pearson
Waimakariri falls hut - Rose Pearson