Rocky Ridge Hut

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Rocky Ridge Hut

Dunback, Otago

Rocky Ridge Hut is located in East Otago - approximately one hour from Dunedin and 30 minutes inland from the famous Moeraki boulders.

The hut is set on a sheep and beef farm, high on a hill with incredible views over a quintessential Otago landscape. 

The hut is fully enclosed and open plan - with distinct bedroom, lounge and kitchen areas. A luxurious bathroom is positioned to the rear of the small building. Outside, cape cod chairs and a hot tub are perfectly positioned for soaking up the views of the Kakanui mountain range.

On clear days you'll see down to the coast in the East and the central Otago Maniototo mountains to the West. Harrier hawks and the rare New Zealand Falcons use this area for hunting grounds and if you're lucky you will see them swooping overhead.

The views are ever-changing with the light and mood of the weather. Wake to an incredible sunrise, watch the sea fog roll in from the East and fill the valley below you like a carpet. Sunsets turn the mountains golden in the final hours of light. Once the sun goes down, the amazing Milky Way glistens above - unpolluted by light. Use the hut telescope to hone in on the rings of Saturn or the craters of the moon.

FROM $280 p/n

  • Sleeps 2

A $50 Single Night Surcharge applies on top of the nightly rate when booking a single night. You will need to add this charge during the booking process. The calendar below will specify where one-night bookings are allowed.

Make sure you download or print this handy info sheet with directions and host contact details prior to your journey. You may not have mobile phone reception at all times.

host address

230 Macraes Road, Dunback 9483


Rocky Ridge Hut is set in Dunback, a small settlement just close to the famous Moeraki rocks in Otago. Rocky Ridge Hut is just one hour drive time from Dunedin.

To get there, follow the Google Maps directions to 230 Macraes Road. This is 2.3km from the turn off at Dunback-Morrisons road on the left. Once you get there, you'll need to enter through the farm gate on the right-hand side. Ensure you close it behind you and continue 400m down the track to the hut. You'll find a lockbox on the left-hand side of the porch. 

The code for the lockbox will supplied in your pre-arrival email that is sent 5 days prior to your stay.

Note: If you have booked within 5 days and haven't received a pre-arrival email shortly after booking, please email us at [email protected].

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Find out more about our COVID-19 Cancellation Terms and Vaccination Policy here.

1. booking and payments

2. cancellation, date changes and severe weather warnings

3. safety and hazards

4. pets

5. GST

6. conditions of occupancy and conduct

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  • Eating and Drinking

    Rocky Ridge Hut is self-catering. Just bring your own food, and cook meals using the BBQ and facilities provided in the hut kitchen. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.

    If you want a break from cooking at any stage, Moeraki has the incredible Fleurs Place restaurant open Thursday to Sunday, booking is a must. Expect incredible world class sea food! Moeraki Tavern is a more classic kiwi pub experience, with hearty tucker and a good selection of beers. Both are 30 minutes drive from the property. For something a bit closer, Macraes village has 'The Stanley', an 1882 historic pub - just 12 minutes away.

    Palmerston has a 4-Square for groceries and is a 15-minute drive from Rocky Ridge Hut.

  • Things to do

    Once you get to this magical spot, you won't want to leave. With chess, croquet, playing cards and bluetooth speakers provided - you'll have plenty to keep you entertained.

    The hot tub is the place to wile away the hours... Take in the spectacular views during the day, and star-gaze at night.

    If you're keen to see some of the area, the Moeraki boulders are a 30-minute drive to the North, with a beautiful beach to explore.

    Matanaka, thought to be New Zealand’s oldest surviving farm, is a 25-minute drive to the South. The clifftop farm features a well-preserved collection of homesteads and a school from early settlers. They are the oldest remaining buildings of their kind in the country.

    If you're keen to get active, a short drive away is the nature reserve at Trotters Gorge - great for a walk. In Palmerston, is Puketapu Hill, a steep walk through a farm with incredible views of the East coast at the top. 

  • Your hosts

    Rob Hewett is a 4th generation farmer working on this beautiful Dunback station.

    It a beef, sheep and grain farm that he and his dad work on together.  Rob has had dreams of diversifying for years and Rocky Ridge Hut is the result of hard work to make his dream happen.

    Heléna met Rob in Dunback 3 years ago at a winter ball hosted by Rob. She is an English doctor working in Dunedin and Rocky Ridge Hut is their first joint project together. They have a busy year ahead with new baby son, Walter.

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