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Hut and Track News - September 2012

posted Sep 8, 2012, 5:43 PM by Robert Wopereis   [ updated Sep 8, 2012, 5:55 PM ]
Kahurangi National Park
The new Perry Saddle Hut on the Heaphy Track was officially opened on Wednesday 27 June replacing the old 24 bunk hut, built in 1972. The new hut's large open plan living area has a fire, three big tables, and kitchen with three sets of gas hobs and two sinks. Other features are solar lights, double-glazed windows and individual bunks. There are three bunkrooms which accommodates 28 people in total. The old hut's living space and cooking areas were not big enough for the number of bunks used. The warmth, space and views should be appreciated by those staying at the new hut. Golden Bay's Frank Byrne Builders constructed the $500,000 hut, which took four months to complete. As part of the Great Walk network, a night at Perry Saddle Hut costs $32 for adults and is free for children. Bookings are required all year.

The new Heaphy Hut construction commenced during July and is expected to be completed in October or November. The new James Mackay hut is expected to be constructed in 2013.

The Lewis River swingbridge on the Heaphy Track has been washed away in a flood during July (10 minutes walk from the Lewis Hut when heading west toward the Heaphy Hut). A replacement bridge is expected to be built in December.

The Graham Valley South Branch Road to Flora carpark remains closed after a massive slip that occurred on Sunday 24 June. The road is estimated to be closed until at least Saturday 1st December.

Nelson Tramping Club is seeking to take over the maintenance of Flora Hut with money from a bequest.

Nelson Lakes National Park
The shelters on Mt Robert are being rationalised. The Relax Shelter is to undergo some remedial work to preserve its historic integrity. Once this work is completed Bushedge Shelter will be removed.

The DOC Rotoroa campground is expected to be relocated to the Braeburn Track area during the coming year. It will be developed similarly to the West Bay facility at Lake Rotoiti.

Mt Richmond Forest Park

Hacket Hut was severly vandalised by tagging during June. Police were investigating the graffiti which covered the outside of the hut as well as the walls, ceiling, bunks and mattresses. DOC staff painted over the tagging during July.
A new 3½km easement over private land has secured permanent legal access on foot to the Left Branch Wairoa River.