Our Story.

How it all started.

It was a decision we always celebrate, that is, living and letting our family grow up in Glenorchy. Both of us were drawn by a strong pull too being in the mountains. We considered ourselves lucky to be able to look up at the tops, especially at the white snow, covering them during the winter months. Always a creative thinker Dan explored and discovered the skiable mountain slopes at our doorstep. First we foundered and then operated the Invincibles Snow fields in the Rees Valley. Dan invented the dozen run day heli ski format and ran events. He then discovered the snow laden slopes of Mt Larkins in the Richardson Range, almost within eyesight of our cottage home. Early beginnings saw experimental huts being heli transported to the site. Family and friends stayed in them, and played and roamed the backcountry area. Our family was fascinated by the Scheelite heritage, the mining history and the tracks and trails which were so suitable for biking and hiking as well as the steep white slopes of Mt Alaska and Mt Larkins in winter, just beckoning skiers to enjoy them. Overtime through tenure review Wyuna station became Whakaari Conservation Area and the opportunity to apply to DOC for concessions presented itself. Today Dan and Christine are owner operators of a bespoke adventure activity business offering guests personal service and unique adventures and overnight hut stays at their own designed and built hut, situated at 1880m, on the slopes of Mt Larkins.

About Mountainhut.nz

“It is a privilege to share our slice of heaven with you. We hope you enjoy it!”

– Christine & Dan Kelly

Our Mission.

Our mission is to ensure customers feel uplifted and inspired on their journey to new heights, leaving them feeling exhilarated and educated. It is important to us that our guests take away a great understanding of the local heritage and conservation. We want everyone to feel as though they have received as much as they are giving back.


The Whakaari Conservation Area

Learn more about our local heritage and local environment on Mt Larkins and the Whakaari Conservation Area