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Hut and Track News - December 2016

posted Dec 23, 2016, 1:23 AM by Robert Wopereis   [ updated Dec 24, 2016, 2:12 AM ]

Kahurangi National Park

There is a large slip 100m across on the Cobb Valley Track which was most likely caused by a combination of the earthquake on 14 November 2016 and heavy rain. The slip is located ten minutes downstream from the Cobb Tent Camp between Chaffey and Fenella huts. 

Stone Hut has been repainted and a new prefabricated woodshed has also been installed. 

Track clearing has been carried out on the Fyfe River Route involving nine workers over 3½ days.

The Matiri Valley Track has been cleared after work was last done twelve years ago. 

The resurfacing of the track to Mt Arthur Hut has been completed. 

As a result of overcrowding, a new replacement Mt Arthur Hut is being considered, but may not be constructed for a few years. It would be sited at the bush edge, 200-300m from the existing hut. A lack of space prevents a new larger hut being built at the current site. 

New windows have been installed in the northern wall of Flanagans Hut by volunteers from Motueka Tramping Club giving better ventilation. 

A new wood burner has been installed at Upper Gridiron Hut in March 2016 after the previous unsafe wood burner was removed some time ago. 

Nelson Lakes National Park

Blue Lake Hut has been repainted internally and externally and a new wood burner has been installed. A covered deck will be constructed and another toilet will be installed. A bivvy will be sited near the hut for warden’s accommodation. A dedicated camping area with toilets will be provided near Blue Lake with increased interpretive signage. The improvements to facilities at Blue Lake come as a result of increased usage, mostly from Te Araroa trampers. 

Different firewood supplies for some huts in Nelson Lakes are being trialled. Long lengths of slab wood from forestry offcuts are being provided along with sawhorses and saws. This is a result of a large amount of firewood being used this year. Nine tonnes of firewood was flown in to eight huts on the Travers Sabine Circuit in May 2016. This was used up six weeks later, then a further eleven tonnes was flown in. 

The Watson Creek Track in the Matakitaki Valley has been rerouted and windfalls cleared earlier this year. 

Avalanche mitigation work has been carried out at John Tait Hut. Because of the avalanche risk the future of the hut is being considered. 

One of the Travers River swing bridge towers has been repositioned ten metres further back from the river because of riverbank erosion. 

Windfall clearing has been carried out on tracks in the Travers, Sabine, and D’Urville valleys and on the Mt Cedric Track recently. 

A water tank has been installed at Relax Shelter which was refurbished last year. 

Three new larger water tanks have been installed at Bushline Hut. A new wood burner has also been installed and the bunks strengthened. 

A new track will be constructed linking St Arnaud village to the Teetotal campground and the adjacent biking tracks. 

Track clearing has been carried out in Lees Creek, Connors Creek, Hamilton River and Begley River, all in the Upper Wairau Valley recently. 

Nelson Honey Ltd has bought the lease to Rainbow Station from Lone Star Farms but no immediate changes to public access are planned. From Boxing Day to Easter Monday the gates are open and a toll of $25 per 4WD vehicle is payable to the gate manager on the way through. Between Easter Tuesday and Boxing Day the gates are locked and to obtain access contact the Rainbow Station Farm Manager, phone 521 1838 after 6.30pm. Access forms are required to be completed and signed by users at all times. 

Mt Richmond Forest Park

A water tank has been installed at Porters Creek Hut and a wood shed has been constructed. 

A larger water tank has been installed at Slaty Hut. 

More work is planned soon for huts on the Te Araroa Trail in Mt Richmond Forest Park.


DOC is urging people to stay away from huts and tracks in South Marlborough until further notice as they continue to assess damage after the 7.8 magnitude Kaikoura earthquake on 14 November 2016. 

Both the two-bunk Barratts Bivvy and the historic Barratts Hut in the Seaward Kaikoura Range were swept away in a large slip and are buried. Both huts, located close together in the remote Hapuku Valley, were small and had low use.

The Hodder Huts and the route to them are closed until further notice. An assessment by helicopter soon after the earthquake showed the huts looked undamaged except for a water tank and tank stand.

Sawcut Gorge is closed to the public for safety reasons. The Waima Valley suffered from numerous slips after the earthquake but the condition of Sawcut Gorge itself may not be known for a while.

Hut and Track News - March 2016

posted Mar 12, 2016, 11:42 PM by Robert Wopereis   [ updated Mar 12, 2016, 11:45 PM ]

Kahurangi National Park

Soper Shelter

A new tent camp is to be constructed at the head of Lake Stanley. The Golden Bay Alpine & Tramping Club will help build and maintain the tent camp which will be owned by DOC. A work party was scheduled to undertake preliminary work during February 2016, levelling the site, digging a toilet pit and preparing timber framing. The actual construction is planned to take place in March 2016, in the week before, and the week after Easter. The tent camp, on the Anatoki-Waingaro circuit, is being built in honour of the club’s founders Frank and Berna Soper.


Abel Tasman National Park

DOC is proposing an upgrade to the Marahau entrance to the park, including a new entranceway information kiosk, a small carpark information shelter and a new bus parking area.


Nelson Lakes National Park

The recently upgraded Relax Shelter on Mt Robert will have a water tank added, partly to cater for trampers continuing along Robert Ridge to Angelus Hut.


Blue Lake Hut has been repainted inside and out during February 2016. A new stove was installed and general maintenance also done. There has been a recent upsurge in the number visitors to Blue Lake, most likely as a result of increased social media publicity.


Tracks in Connors Creek and Hamilton Creek in the Upper Wairau Valley have been cleared recently. These tracks are used mostly by hunters.


South Marlborough

Flooding during February 2016 has closed road access to the Branch and Leatham catchments. Foot access across the Leatham River swing bridge is still available.


Mt Richmond Forest Park

Flooding during February 2016 has closed the Wairau Valley Northbank Road access to the Goulter catchment.


Mt Fell Hut

The NZ Outdoor Recreation Consortium has recently granted $10,000 in funding to Nelson Tramping Club to assist in the relocation and upgrading of Mt Fell Hut. The 6-bunk hut was closed in March 2015 because it had been found to be located on an active slip and unsafe for occupation. The project is planned for next summer, 2016-2017 with the use of a heavy lift helicopter. The new hut site is in a tussock clearing about 250m southeast of the original site.

Hut and Track News - December 2015

posted Mar 12, 2016, 11:38 PM by Robert Wopereis   [ updated Mar 12, 2016, 11:43 PM ]

Kahurangi National Park

Upgrade work has been carried out on the Kill Devil Track during November 2015.

Debris building up beside the Dart Ford on the Wangapeka Valley road will be dug out this November or December 2015.

A new emergency shelter has been built beside the West Branch Matiri River on the track to Lake Matiri recently.

The track crossing the West Branch Matiri River has been rerouted 200 metres upstream.

The upper Matiri Valley route has had major track clearing undertaken recently, with nine men working over five days. Major track work was last done here 11 years ago.

The Fyfe River Route to Branch Creek Hut has had major track clearing work done recently.

In the near future track work will be done on the Sunrise Peak route.


Nelson Lakes National Park

Relax Shelter on Mt Robert has been completely refurbished and repainted earlier this year.

Interior hut painting has been carried out at Speargrass, Lakehead and Coldwater huts recently. Painting and repairs have been done at Tiraumea and Paske huts.

Angelus Hut has had an internal repaint in November 2015. At one night over Labour weekend 70 people stayed at the 28-bunk hut.

Blue Lake Hut will undergo a full repaint and the installation of new benches and a new wood burner this month.

Restocking of firewood at all the serviced huts in Nelson Lakes National Park amounts to 13 tonnes per year at a cost of $18-19,000.

The D’Urville Valley track has been cleared of significant wind-throw damage.

Other track work has been done recently on the Begley route, Tiraumea and Mole tracks and lower Travers Valley track.

In the near future track work will be done on the Matakitaki Valley track to Downies Hut and the Mount Misery route. Track work will also be done on the Sabine side of the Travers Saddle to reroute the track away from an avalanche path.

Hut and Track News - September 2015

posted Sep 13, 2015, 5:09 AM by Robert Wopereis

Kahurangi National Park

Golden Bay trampers are applying for funding to erect a tent camp on the Waingaro - Anatoki Track.


Debris building up beside the Dart Ford on the Wangapeka Valley Road will be cleared every October or November after trout spawning has finished.


Abel Tasman National Park

Four female kaka will be released near Wainui Hut this month.


Nelson Lakes National Park

The new Buller Bridge at West Bay is due to be opened this month after a three month delay because of bad weather and remedial work needed on the bridge approaches.


New permanent avalanche signage has been installed at Moss Pass and Waiau Pass with temporary signage in the Travers and Sabine valleys.


Mt Richmond Forest Park

Wilding pine poisoning will be done in the Lower Hacket and around the Chromite Mine. Also around Inwood Lookout and Gordons Knob.


The bridge across the Hacket Creek on the Whispering Falls Track washed away by flooding in April 2013 will probably not be replaced. The river bed is too wide for a suitable bridge and the cost is prohibitive.


Mt Fell Hut has been closed because it has been found to be located on an active slip and is unsafe for occupation. It is planned to dismantle and remove the hut.

Matai Bay Hut

Marlborough Sounds residents are investigating cutting a new track to link the Nydia Track to the 6-bunk Matai Bay Hut. The hut located in the Tennyson Inlet has no track or road access and no jetty.

The hut was built in 1968 for hunters and is owned by DOC, and is the only public hut in the Marlborough Sounds.

It is set in a stunning location looking out to islands in Tennyson Inlet, and is used as a base for outdoor pursuits, such as swimming and sailing.


In May 2011 after the hut was vandalised, DOC planned to relocate it to Nydia Bay for wardens’ use.

Keen residents of Duncan and Penzance Bays negotiated to retain the hut, signing an agreement in November 2012 around upgrade and maintenance.


In 2013 the Tennyson Inlet Boat Club raised the hut 500mm, and constructed a deck on two sides. They also installed a new rock pathway and filled in low lying ground.

Future plans are to install a mooring and investigate cutting a track to join up with the Nydia Track and design an interpretation panel.

The hut must be booked beforehand and DOC hut tickets or hut passes are not valid.

Shared occupancy cost is $6 per night or sole occupancy cost is $36 per night for up to six people.

Contact DOC Picton, phone 03 520 3002.      

  - Nelson Marlborough Conservation


Hut and Track News - June 2015

posted Sep 13, 2015, 5:00 AM by Robert Wopereis   [ updated Sep 13, 2015, 5:02 AM ]

Kahurangi National Park

Upgrade work on the Heaphy Track between Perry Saddle and Gouland has been completed. There has been steady use of the track for mountain biking in May, especially on weekends.


The wood burner at the Upper Gridiron Hut has been removed due to its poor state and dangerous condition. There is currently no heating provided inside the hut, although a fire pit is located just outside the hut.


The historic Kill Devil Track is to be improved after suffering erosion damage, particularly from extreme rainstorms in recent years. Golden Bay Mountain Club members have started work to repair the damage and to improve drainage to reduce further damage.
The remedial work will be carried out over three years in conjunction with the Department of Conservation.
The club is being granted $61,500 by the NZ Outdoor Recreation Consortium to fund the repair work.
The work will make the track both better to ride and for trampers to walk on.
The 18.7km track climbs from Uruwhenua Road to the top of the Lockett Range in 57 switchbacks and along the range and down to Waingaro Forks Hut and was developed in the late 1800s as a pack track for gold miners and is part of the Anatoki-Waingaro tramping circuit.
It can be ridden as far as Waingaro Forks Hut although advanced or expert mountain biking skills are required.


Drivers using the Graham Valley Road to access Flora carpark in Kahurangi National Park are asked to only use four-wheel-drive vehicles during winter because of the risks from an active slip. The road’s problematic slip spread debris over the steep road following Easter’s rains, closing it for about 10 days. The active slip has repeatedly moved in wet and stormy weather since the first massive slide in late June 2012 bought down 20,000 cubic metres of debris and closed the road for six months. About $800,000 has so far been spent on keeping the road open since 2012. DOC, Tasman District Council and Fulton Hogan are keen to keep the road open, and on the positive side it seems as though the slip is stabilising.


A new emergency shelter will be built on the north bank of the West Branch Matiri River this month. The building is being provided to encourage trampers returning from Lake Matiri Hut to wait before crossing the river when in flood. A few recent incidents have involved trampers needing to be rescued after attempting to cross the flooded river. The DOC shelter will be a basic structure without any facilities provided.


Abel Tasman National Park

Upgrading of the Wainui Falls track will start this month and is expected to be finished in spring. Five bridges will be replaced including the swing bridge.


Nelson Lakes National Park

There have been an increase in number of trampers and campers in the park over the summer and as a result, extra flights of firewood have been needed for many huts, to stock up before winter. Angelus Hut has often been full, right until the end of March.


All the high alpine routes of Waiau Pass, Travers Saddle and Angelus have been remarked with orange sleeves on waratah poles.


The construction of the new Buller Bridge on the Mt Robert Road is expected to be completed this month. The Lakeside Track carpark is being expanded and the fill removed is being used for the bridge approaches as well as fill from Paddys Track carpark.

Mt Richmond Forest Park

Mt Fell Hut was closed in mid-March 2015 because it had been found to be located on an active slip and is unsafe for occupation. This may affect trampers traversing Mt Fell and Mt Richmond.

Hut and Track News - March 2015

posted Mar 27, 2015, 11:45 PM by Robert Wopereis   [ updated Mar 28, 2015, 12:16 AM ]

Kahurangi National Park

Track clearing has been done between the West Branch Matiri River and Poor Pete’s Hut.

The West Branch Matiri River has eaten into the northern bank recently and a new short section of track will be cut further upstream to avoid the steep climb out of the river.

Larrikins Hut toilet has been replaced.

The track surface and water management on the Heaphy Track between Perry Saddle and the Gouland Downs will be improved over the next two months.

Visitors on the Heaphy Track are up 3% this summer.

The Boulder Lake track has been cleared of windfalls recently.


Abel Tasman National Park

One rat and three mice have been caught recently on the predator free Adele Island.

Visitors on the Abel Tasman Coast Track are up 12% this summer.

An upgrade of the Wainui Falls Track is starting this month.


Nelson Lakes National Park

The construction of the new Buller Road Bridge at West Bay has started, with completion due in May 2015.

Windfalls on the D’Urville Valley track have been cleared during January. The massive work took 300 man hours over four days.

A small section of track near Speargrass Hut on the way to Sabine Hut has been rerouted because of windfalls.

DOC has installed a small repeater at the head of the Hopeless Valley for DOC radio communications purposes.


Mt Richmond Forest Park

Marking of the new Maitland Ridge Track between Beebys Knob and Red Hills Hut has been completed during February 2015.

DOC report a large increase in numbers walking the Te Araroa trail this summer.


New Great Walk proposed

A new two-day Great Walk Track has been proposed in Paparoa National Park. The track would start at Punakaiki’s Pancake Rocks and cross the range and finish at site of the Pike River mine.
A new hut would be built, probably near the escarpment of the Paparoa Range.
A park extension would incorporate the mine to guarantee public access and the walk would take advantage of the road and facilities built by the mining company.


FMC like the idea of a new tramping track in Paparoa National Park but suggest a “Walkway”, like the St James Walkway, would be better than a “Great Walk”, which comes with much higher fees that disadvantage families and those with limited incomes.
Prices for Great Walk huts vary from $22 (Rakiura) to $32 (Heaphy, Abel Tasman) and up to $54 (Milford, Routeburn, Kepler).

Hut and Track News - December 2014

posted Dec 29, 2014, 1:56 AM by Robert Wopereis   [ updated Dec 29, 2014, 2:11 AM ]

Kahurangi National Park

A wood burner will be installed by DOC at Balloon Hut in February or March 2015, replacing the gas heater. This will be paid for by Waimea Tramping Club, mainly funded from a bequest from the late Diana Reeves. Diana was president of the club in the 1990’s and instrumental in the upgrading of the hut in February 1995. To pay for the building of a woodshed and other costs, an application is expected to put in to the new Community Conservation Partnership Fund.


The Graham Valley South Branch Road to the Flora carpark has had been cleared of slips over the last few months, costing DOC and TDC $20,000. Buried road counters on the road show the numbers of vehicles using this access to Kahurangi National Park have dropped significantly as the road is now recommended as 4WD only. The large slip is expected to settle down over time.


The concrete-base Dart Ford on the Wangapeka Valley Road now has the river flowing across it in normal flows, as a result of the build-up of debris upstream. Check the river flow on the TDC website or flowphone if using the road after recent rainfall. A flow of 35 cubic metres per second or more in the Wangapeka River would correspond to the Dart Ford being flooded, preventing access to Rolling Junction or Courthouse Flat. Flowphone: 543 8555 (automated service) or:

A temporary DOC bivvy has been installed in the Tasman Wilderness area of Kahurangi National Park for rock wren research. This small 4-bunk hut is located in a basin on the Grange Ridge above the Beautiful River, a day’s tramp from Roaring Lion Hut.
Photos: Mark Townsend, DOC Motueka

Abel Tasman National Park

Anchorage Hut is the first backcountry hut in NZ with Wi-Fi available. This is a locked Wi-Fi for educational purposes, with only a limited number of websites available, such as DOC and Project Janzoon. 60% of visitors to Abel Tasman National Park are from overseas with many carrying mobile devices.


Nelson Lakes National Park

The D’Urville Track between D’Urville Hut and Morgan Hut is impassable because of windfalls.


The construction of the new Buller road bridge at West Bay has been delayed until February 2015.


Mt Richmond Forest Park

Track clearing and the installation of more snow poles has been carried out on the Alpine Route between Red Hills Hut, Porters Creek Hut and Hunters Hut. This track clearing is normally only carried out every 10 years. There has been an increase in usage of this track over the last few years, including 20-50 Te Araroa Trail users per year. Top Wairoa Hut has been recently repainted in its original colour with the hut number on the roof.


A new track from Beebys Knob to Red Hills Hut has been hand-cut by Nelson MTB Trails Trust volunteers and is now 90% complete. The dual use track is not yet signposted or fully marked but can be followed by experienced trampers. The trail will be called the Maitland Ridge Track and is named after the original surveyor. Some of the old 20th century survey pegs are still visible beside the trail.


Dun Mountain Track

Construction is underway of the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary pest-proof fence in the upper Brook Stream. The fence will be built parallel to the Dun Mountain Track at a distance of 50m downhill. To ensure public safety while the work goes on, some public walking tracks are being temporarily closed. The Dun Mountain Track will be closed from Four Corners to Third House from 24 November to 19 December 2014 and 12 January to 15 March 2015. Closures will be between 7am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Tracks will be open on weekends and public holidays. The sanctuary’s public track system will remain open during the fence construction.

The first phase of work will be for the earthworks to create the bench platform on which the fence will be built (lasting about six months); the second phase will be actual fence construction (lasting about 15 months, with a three month overlap). The fence construction is expected to be completed by about April 2016.

Hut and Track News - September 2014

posted Sep 30, 2014, 9:49 PM by Robert Wopereis   [ updated Dec 29, 2014, 2:19 AM ]

Kahurangi National Park

The Tent Camp in the Cobb Valley has been recently restored by DOC. This historic camp is located between Chaffey Hut and Fenella Hut and is probably the only Tent Camp remaining in the country.
Cobb Tent Camp in 2011 


The Dart Ford on the Wangapeka Valley Road has suffered a build-up of debris upstream which has caused the river to flow over the concrete ford during normal flows. The ford may become impassable after rainfall. Also the pedestrian swing bridge beside the ford has been washed away and will not be replaced. This may affect access to the Wangapeka Track, Courthouse Flat and Mt Owen.


The Graham Valley Road South Branch road to Flora carpark reopened at Queen’s Birthday weekend 2014 after April’s storm, although it has been closed at times since then because the troublesome slip is still considered unstable.


The old and new James Mackay huts 


The new James Mackay Hut in Kahurangi National Park is nearing completion with only the interior fit-out to be done. Although it was due to be opened at the end of September it will now be at least November 2014 when it is fully finished and opened. The contractors are being challenged by a combination of low temperatures and moisture which is hindering the completion of the interior painting. After completion the old hut will be dismantled then removed.


James Mackay Hut is the middle hut of the five main huts on the Heaphy Track and follows the construction of the new Heaphy Hut and the new Perry Saddle Hut, both in 2012.


Nelson Lakes National Park

The new Buller River road bridge on the Mt Robert Road is planned for construction in October 2014.

Mt Richmond Forest Park

The Pine Valley Hut in Mt Richmond Forest Park has burnt to the ground. Its smouldering remains were found by a Marlborough family intending to stay at the hut on Friday 13th June 2014. The family notified DOC which contacted police and fire investigators. It is not known how or when the fire started but it is suspected to be accidental and it is a good time to remind hut users to only use candle holders provided and only ever clean out fire ashes when embers are cold and put the ashes in the steel bucket provided. The hut will not be replaced under DOC’s current prioritisation.

The six bunk hut originally built in 1966 was a popular first time hut experience and was only a 20 minute walk from the Pine Valley road-end, off the Wairau Valley Northbank Road.



Hut and Track News - June 2014

posted Sep 30, 2014, 9:40 PM by Robert Wopereis   [ updated Sep 30, 2014, 9:45 PM ]

West Coast

A new track in the Paparoa Range has been proposed by DOC. The original idea for the Croesus Loop Track near Blackball came from the local community and the Croesus Track users. The proposed track would be a community project with support from DOC. For the project to go ahead it would need enough people to work on, or sponsor the track. Walking the whole Croesus Track requires arranging transport between the two ends. Currently many track users do a return trip from the Smoke-ho carpark at the Blackball end of the track up to the 16-bunk Ces Clark Hut. The proposal is to create a loop south from Croesus Knob to Mt Leitch and then down from Mt Watson back to Smoke-ho carpark. This would be an addition to the current route.


The Old Ghost Road has benefitted from a three-month volunteer campaign earlier this year. About 5500 volunteer hours were amassed in advancing the cycle trail construction 3.2km beyond Ghost Lake Hut. Also six new bridges have been built on the trail over Welcome Creek, Johnny Cake Creek, Limestone Creek, the Mokihinui South Branch, Stern Creek and a Stern Creek tributary. Only 15km remains to be completed of the 80km trail.


The Lake Daniell Track and the St James Walkway have been cleared of all windfalls since the April storm.


Kahurangi National Park

The troublesome Graham Valley Road to Flora carpark was closed again after storm damage in April 2014. The main damage to the road was a washout in the gorge at the site of the previous large slip. There were also other washouts further up the road. It is expected the road will be re-opened by Monday 30th June. The road had only re-opened in November 2013 after it was closed for the majority of the previous 16 months because of a persistent slip.


Construction of the new James Mackay Hut on the Heaphy Track began in April 2014 and is expected to be completed by the end of September 2014. The existing hut remains open but will be removed once the new hut has been completed.


The Heaphy Track re-opened on Monday 5th May 2014 following the clearance of the worst windfall damage that any DOC Golden Bay staff can remember. In all, an estimated 500 trees were cleared from the track between Perry Saddle Hut and Brown Hut and the track was also re-benched and re-shaped in places. The work involved 16 DOC workers for 15 days.


The Wangapeka Track from the Little Wanganui Saddle out to the West Coast has extensive windfalls and that part of the track is closed.


Tracks still closed and likely to remain closed for some time are the Shakespeare Flat Track from the Heaphy Track to the Aorere River, also the track from Birds Clearing to Wainui Hut.


Abel Tasman National Park

DOC Golden Bay workers are clearing storm damaged tracks including the Rameka Track and the Inland Abel Tasman Track.


The new Anchorage Hut has been very popular with trampers, with 5000 bed nights since opening in November 2013.


Nelson Lakes National Park

Route marking with orange collars on snow poles has been done recently on the Waiau Pass and Moss Pass and this will also be done on Travers Saddle. The orange collars on poles are more visible than orange triangle markers on poles.


Relax Shelter on Mt Robert has been completely refurbished during March with new lining, two new windows, seating and a small stainless steel bench.


Nelson Lakes National Park suffered slight to severe storm damage during April 2014 in various places.

The Mt Cedric Route between Angelus Hut and Sabine Hut has damage from the 1000m contour-line to the tree line, limiting access and requiring off track navigation.

The Lake Rotoroa Route from Rotoroa Village to Sabine Hut has severe damage.

The track from D'Urville Hut to Morgan Hut also has severe damage.

The Big Bush Loop mountain bike trail is closed with severe damage at western end of the trail.


Mt Richmond Forest Park

The Pelorus Track has suffered storm damage with windfalls, mainly along the Bryant Range between Rocks Hut and Totara Saddle as well as between Totara Saddle and Roebuck Hut. The track is passable; however trampers need to allow additional time to walk the track.

Hut and Track News - March 2014

posted Sep 30, 2014, 9:38 PM by Robert Wopereis   [ updated Sep 30, 2014, 9:43 PM ]

The building of a new hut at Lake Daniell scheduled for 2014 has been deferred. The Manson-Nicholls Memorial Hut built in 1975, is well-used by family groups and located three hours from the Lewis Pass Highway.


The building of a second swingbridge across the Hokitika Gorge to create a loop walk has also been deferred. DOC is now looking for third party funding for the gorge project before resubmitting its business case. The popular 15 minute walk at Hokitika Gorge is 25km from Hokitika and is the most accessible river canyon on the West Coast.


Kahurangi National Park

DOC has installed three new road bridges to provide all weather access through the Aorere Valley to the start of the Heaphy Track. The project was a partnership between DOC and Tasman District Council. DOC’s part of the cost amounted to $630,000. Heaphy-bound trampers have previously had to ford the three streams that cut across the access road. On most days these crossings were easily negotiated but during extreme weather they quickly became swollen and impassable.


Karamea Bend Hut and Trevor Carter Hut have been painted, mostly inside, during February.


Nelson Lakes National Park

Track clearing has been carried out during January and February 2014 in the D’Urville Valley, Matakitaki Valley and Lees Creek.


Relax Shelter on Mt Robert will be upgraded soon with seating, lining and two windows.


Mt Richmond Forest Park

Wairoa River tracks have been cut recently as part of a revolving five-year cutting programme.


A 24m swingbridge has been installed across Captain Creek on the Pelorus Track last August.

In normal flow this small side creek is easy to cross but becomes impassable in extreme weather.

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