Volunteer for a 7-night (8 day) period between 21 November 2017 and 30 April 2018.
Each volunteer period runs from Tuesday to Tuesday. Volunteers start at the Mt Robert car park and follow the below itinerary. Times
shown are approximate walking times to each hut or destination.
- Tuesday: Speargrass
Hut (3 hours)
- Wednesday: Sabine
Hut (5 hours)
- Thursday: West
Sabine Hut (5 hours)
- Friday: Day trip to Blue Lake (6 hours return, then staying a second night at West Sabine Hut)
- Saturday: Crossing Poukirikiri/Travers Saddle to stay at Upper
Travers Hut (6-10 hours, depending on weather conditions)
- Sunday: Either Hopeless
Hut or John Tait Hut
– allocated on a rotational basis during the summer (3-8 hours, depending on destination)
- Monday: Either Lakehead
Hut or Coldwater
Hut (5-8 hours, depending on starting point)
- Tuesday: Walk out to St Arnaud (3-4 hours from either hut)
The primary role of a hut warden is to help visitors enjoy their stay.
- check hut passes
- give information to trampers
- maintain radio contact with Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre
- ensure the hut, toilet and hut
surrounds are kept clean and tidy
- undertake some minor hut maintenance as required.
What to expect
This volunteer opportunity is for one person.You may want to bring a friend for some or all of your duty.
The accompanying person must pay the applicable DOC hut fees, and won't
be paid the daily food allowance.
Accommodation and facilities: Staff quarters are available at John
Tait, Upper Travers and West Sabine Huts. These have bunks and cooking
facilities (LPG supplied) but no separate ablutions. The other huts on the circuit don't have staff quarters so wardens stay
in the main hut with other trampers. Free shared accommodation provided
in St Arnaud for the nights before and after the volunteer duty.
Fitness level required: You need a high level of fitness, with the ability to walk for 6 hours or
more over uneven terrain with a heavy pack, and to cope with the 1100 m ascent of Poukirikiri/Travers Saddle.
Experience required: You'll be a tramper experienced in New Zealand backcountry tramps, fully equipped
with your own tramping clothing and equipment. Preference is given to those with a working knowledge of the Nelson Lakes
area. A first aid certificate is helpful.
Skills required: You need to be fluent in English, have a practical outlook, and relate to a wide range
of people in a friendly and informative manner.
Wasps: Wasps can be a real problem later in the summer. People with allergies must bring their own medications
(epipens, anakits or other medication).
Age restriction: You must be at least 20 years old.
What to bring
You'll receive a factsheet if your application is successful. The information on the factsheet includes what to bring with
you, details about your responsibilities, accommodation in St Arnaud and food reimbursement requirements.
What will be provided
At an induction session just before you leave for your roster, a DOC ranger will ensure you know your role, issue you with
the necessary equipment and make sure you have read, understood and signed any health and safety information.
For more information about the track and huts, view the Travers-Sabine
How to apply
To register your interest, complete the online
This is a very popular volunteer opportunity. We can't guarantee that you will be selected.
Rotoiti / Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre
||+64 3 521 1806
||+64 3 521 1896
PO Box 55
St Arnaud 7053