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An All Time High!

An All Time High!

Day Trip - Autumn 2019 It's one thing hiking up a mountain with rewarding views of dramatic...

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Mindfood Special Travel Feature – Autumn 2018

Mountainhut Heli Hike – Mt Alaska – Heather Jock Hut Route
looking towards Pikirakatahi (Mt Earnslaw)
photo by Michael McHugh

Hideaways – Where New Zealanders Escape

A behind-the-scenes look at a journey across New Zealand in 2017 to shoot ‘Hideaways’ a book about getting away from it all. A reading of a modified version of Walt Whitman’s ‘Miracles’ Shot on Super 8mm Kodak film and DJI Inspire.

Hideaways is a book showcasing the best of tucked-away escape spots all over New Zealand, and a tribute to a simpler way of life. A unique hardcover book celebrating quintessential New Zealand escapes: mountain huts, coastal baches, riverside cribs, converted silos, hunting shacks, and more.

A tribute to getting away from it all.
Produced by


We are always asked about how the little hut in the mountains came to be. Here is an independent vimeo put together by Joe Patchett illustrating the colourful and arduous process of the birthing of

Otago Daily Times (Weekend Mix) – November 2017

By Hillary Ngan Kee with photographs by Sam Stuchbury.

“Thank you so much for allowing us to include your mountainhut in the book, it is such a privilege. Our stay on the mountain is something which Sam and I will never forget!

For a copy of the book go to the website We hope you enjoy the book as much as we enjoyed making it.

Sam and Hillary”

Journey To New Heights

NZ Herald – September 2016

The Mountain Hut can only be accessed by helicopter. Photo / Supplied

For those wanting privacy and access to the great Kiwi outdoors, book into Otago’s Mountain Hut.

Arrive by helicopter at this cosy, handcrafted hut located on the slopes of Mt Larkins.

This Airbnb offers a hosted, overnight experience where guests can relax in front of the fire or explore the grandeur of New Zealand’s back country with a spot of skiing through the snow fields in winter or mountain biking from the tops to the valley floor in summer.

“It’s a very unique and different experience for people who like spending time up high,” said co-owner Christine Kelly. “It gives you a moment to contemplate and not be involved in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.”

Girls Own It – Ski Camp – September 2016

Teamed with highly acclaimed Everest mountaineer Lydia Bradey, International tour & Ski Guide Anna Cook and Olympic & alpine skier Christine Grant Mountain Hut delivered a special 3 day “Girls Own It” ski touring session in the high alpine zone on the north face of Mt Larkins (1600m – 2300m altitude )

Mountainhut.NZ – June 2016

A quick pre season trip into Mountain Hut, Mt Larkins to check out the conditions and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, to recharge and disconnect.

NZ Skier magazine – Issue 06

Air France Magazine – Issue May 2014

Writer / Director Jane Campion celebrating her birthday at DWELL Hut.

Diaries Downunder 2014 | Episode 5 | Steep White – An unbelievable overnight October snow adventure in New Zealand.

It is Springtime here in Queenstown, NZ and everybody is getting out on the lake, up the hills on their mountain bikes and enjoying the sunshine and warmth but just because the lifts have closed for the season, it doesn’t mean that the snow adventures have to stop! This is one that you and 4 friends can do from June until November and you won’t be disappointed.

In this episode Nick Hyne, Nick Brown and Mack James visit a high alpine hut deep in hobbit country. Being October it is now definitely Spring in NZ but ‘Steep White’ hut sits at 1800 metres above sea level and it is still winter up there! The crew delve deep into the lakeside chutes of Mount Alaska and then spend the night in the comforts of this kitted-out hut and wake up fresh enough to double cork.

This episode is a banquet of mind blowing snowboarding that will be torture for the snow starved shredder.

The Snowdome – Mountainhut since 1998

Look how far mountainhut/nz has come! This is the first marketing image and script, from 1998 Winter, just after the first half globe shape hut was heli lifted in. The beginning of so many happy times for many guests – staying and playing!!

NZ Skier Magazine – Issue 06