I was surprised to learn that New Zealand's back country is home to over 950 huts. Instead of established camp sites, many trails have huts which provide trampers with water, a mattress, and possibly a fireplace, gas cookers, and solar powered lighting. Huts cost anywhere from 5 bucks a night to 40 bucks a night.
More info on huts: http://www.doc.govt.nz/templates/summary.aspx?id=38342
So what do you think? I'm interested in whether or not you guys find this "true" hiking, if it takes away (or adds) to the experience, etc. For me, it's a nic e place to spend a stormy, awful night. Comments?