(As concluded between the two federations and duly signed in 2009.)
Journal reference: Jones, Dave. Notes on Hut Reciprocity Agreement – MCSA and NZAC. 115: 134, 2012.
VISITING MCSA Members to New Zealand in good standing with up-to-date membership cards have full reciprocity as if they are members of the NZAC. It is not necessary for them to formally make themselves known when visiting New Zealand if they wish to make use of the huts. But in practice it will be useful to do some homework, even if only to make oneself known to the NZAC Head Office.
All huts apart from some that are manned have a combination lock with a code that changes frequently. It may be necessary to telephone the Head Office to get the latest code for a hut where this has just been changed. Since access to all NZAC huts is over open domain (usually conservation areas) no access permission is needed.
No prior booking is normally necessary or possible apart from manned huts and hut fees of $15 per member (including MCSA members) or $20 per visitor are paid by a variety of methods as explained inside their well appointed huts. This can be cash in a drop-box or else credit card details and even a request to have it charged (for NZAC members) to your club account.
VISITING NZAC Members to South Africa in good standing with up-to-date membership cards have full reciprocity as if they are members of the MCSA. However, it is requested that such visiting members make themselves known, through the Cencom Secretary, to the Section closest to where they plan to hike or climb. This is so they can be assisted with hut information, hut keys and up-to-date access information.
This requirement is necessary in South Africa because of the complex and non-uniform system of hut ownership within the MCSA and of equally complex at times access arrangements.
Visitors from the NZAC pay the same hut fees as MCSA members must do when using the hut of a neighbouring Section and are bound by the same rules as MCSA members.
(Information: https://alpineclub.org.nz/sections ; National office is based in Christchurch; Photos of huts: https://alpineclub.org.nz/huts)