Snow Farm offers stays in backcountry huts which are located in the Pisa Range. These backcountry huts are between four and six kilometres from the base area, which takes one to two hours to travel to by skis or snowshoes. During the summer months, these huts can also be accessed by foot, mountain bikes and vehicles. Vehicles require access permission, which guests can obtain from Snow Farm NZ management.
Snow Farm NZ has three backcountry hut options to choose from — Meadow, Bob Lee, and Daisy Lee. Each hut features a gas cooker, log burner and firewood, and a small range of cooking and cutlery equipment. All you need to bring is food, drinks, a sleeping bag, and your overnight things. For those who haven’t been to a backcountry hut before, there will be no mains electricity, no running water and a long-drop toilet outside. Here at Snow Farm NZ, we believe everything is better at the top of a mountain, but that’s just our point of view.
OUR Three backcountry HUTS
It Sleeps 20 people & is 3.4km (roughly 1 hour) from the base area.
Bob Lee Hut
It sleeps seven people and is 6km (roughly 1.5 hours) from the base area.
Daisy Lee Hut
Sleeps six people next to Bob Lee 6km (roughly 1.5 hours) from the base area.
All huts can be booked exclusively as well as by the bed.
Please note: During Winter, the ‘Overnight Stay’ fee covers the hut overnight stay only. A trail pass (to access our trails) and rentals (skis, boots, poles) will be an additional charge — please see Overnight Trail Pass & Rentals Package.
BOOKING AVAILABILITY -CLICK ON ANY PRODUCT TO BOOK
Due to unprecedented demand, there is minimal availability during the 2021 winter season. We are now offering a no questions asked full refund for anyone booking from September 20th to October 31st. If the snow doesn’t hold and you cannot travel to any of our huts on consistent snow cover, or if we have experienced a freeze-thaw creating icy conditions and it’s not safe, we will give you the option to cancel with no penalty and a full refund. Our normal bad weather refund conditions apply in our terms and conditions.
What to bring?
- Mobile phone It’s essential that your group has a fully charged and operational mobile phone to hand in case of emergencies. We also recommend a backup USB battery pack to ensure your phone does not run out of battery.
- First Aid Kit, All of our huts, have first-aid kits, but we always suggest our guests also carry their own first-aid kit if an accident occurs when travelling to or from the huts.
- Pillow and sleeping bag Snow Farm NZ provides mattresses in the huts, but you must bring your own sleeping bag and, if desired, a pillow.
- Food and drink, However, the backcountry huts should have all the cooking equipment and utensils you need to prepare an enjoyable meal, including gas cookers, cutlery, pots, pans and cups.
- Drinking water Snow Farm NZ provides water at the huts in 20L containers that have been filled at the Snow Farm Lodge from their drinking water supply. That said, we cannot guarantee what happens after we leave the water at the hut, so we recommend that you boil any water for three minutes before drinking it — or bring in drinking water with you.
- Torches While the Meadow Hut has a solar LED lighting system, and the Bob Lee has portable solar lights, we recommend that each member of your group has a head-torch (flashlight) or similar light source with them. All huts have on-site outdoor long-drop toilets, and in the event of an emergency or evacuation, night torches will be required.
- Medication If anyone in your party has a medical condition that requires medication, please ensure they take three extra days of medication. Please also ensure you have made the staff at the Snow Farm NZ fully aware of their condition.
Hut bag transfers (winter only)
Snow Farm NZ provides bag transport to the hut using our snowmobile and an attached luggage trailer. This trailer is open-topped and can occasionally get snow in it. All gear must be stored in a weather-proof bag or a chilly bin or sturdy box. All liquids must be in sealed containers.
Snow Farm reserves the right to refuse individual items of gear not stored inside a pack or bag. Our pricing is per bag, chilly bin or box. Guests may purchase additional bags at the time of check-in at Snow Farm’s Guest Services. Please bring your bags through to Guest Services, where you will receive instructions about where to drop them off.
Our snowmobile bag transfer service leaves the main base area at 3 pm and will collect your bags from the hut at 9 am the following day. All bags, including sealed rubbish bags, must be packed and placed by the hut’s door. There are rubbish bags at the huts.
It is difficult to be flexible at these times as the round trip can often take time, and we need to ensure the safety of our employees being off the trails before dark. Please have your gear ready when indicated.
During summer, exclusive hut bookings may take one support vehicle in with them if permission is granted by Snow Farm NZ management. Vehicles are only allowed to travel to the huts if the trails are dry.
However, if weather conditions are not favourable, management reserves the right to decline vehicle access. All guests should be able to transport themselves to the hut if the conditions are not suitable for vehicle support. This is to preserve the trails and the environment at Snow Farm NZ. Hut bookings aren’t able to be made on the assumption that Guests can take a vehicle if access is denied due to weather. This does not allow bookings to be cancelled.
The Snow Farm may allow a transfer of a booking to an alternative date in that season provided that we have capacity/availability. We will not transfer a booking for the following season, and no refunds are given.