IF YOUR GOAL is to convince a budding tramper they’ve chosen an enjoyable, pain-free pastime, the very least you can do is book them a bunk for the night.

Securing a booking takes all anxiety out of the affair – allowing trampers to wake up late, walk at their own pace, and carry a lighter pack, unencumbered by mattress or tent. Here are 10 bookable huts suitable for beginners.


New Zealand’s biggest hut is popular for a reason; for the price of a three-hour

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