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Hut and Track News - December 2012

posted Dec 25, 2012, 11:54 PM by Robert Wopereis   [ updated Dec 26, 2012, 12:32 AM ]
Kahurangi National Park
 
A new lake has formed in the Wangapeka Valley after a 30m wide slip dammed the river on Saturday 20 October. The one kilometre long, 10m deep lake is located about two hours walk up the valley from Rolling Junction. DOC have cut a new rough track above the lake replacing the inundated track ensuring access for trampers walking the Wangapeka Track.
 
The Graham Valley South Branch Road to Flora Carpark was officially reopened on Saturday 1 December after being closed for six months because of a slip. It is estimated to have cost $350,000 to clear the slip, with the cost shared 60/40 by Tasman District Council and DOC, with TDC receiving a NZ Transport Authority subsidy. Rock from the slip has been spread on a neighbouring farmer's paddock and some crushed rock will be used for some track resurfacing.
 
New Heaphy Hut    Photo: Geoff Walker

 

The new Heaphy Hut was officially opened on Friday 23 November replacing the old 28 bunk hut built in 1965, which will be dismantled and removed. The new hut has a better view of the Heaphy River mouth, has 32 bunks in four bunkrooms and cost $422,000 to construct. Heaphy Hut is about five hours tramping time from Kohaihai road end.

New information panels have been installed in huts on the Mt Arthur Tableland recently.

Sixteen volunteer hut wardens will be working on the Mt Arthur Tableland at various times over the summer.

Crow Hut has had repairs to the floor undertaken during November after recent damage by instep crampons.

Nelson Tramping club has offered to help maintain Flora Hut and two working bees per year are planned at the hut.

Wekas have been filmed taking eggs from whio nests in the Wangapeka Valley recently. The wekas may be captured and relocated.

More great-spotted kiwi are planned to be transferred into the Flora area before June.

 

Abel Tasman National Park

Spraying of wilding pines is ongoing in the park. Dieback of some pines is very noticeable in the southern part of the park.

Canyoning applications for three sites in the park have been approved recently. This relatively new adventure activity involves small groups moving down river beds and gorges during the summer months.

 

Nelson Lakes National Park

A new 60m long West Sabine swingbridge has been installed during November at a new site a few metres upstream from West Sabine Hut. The old suspension bridge was swept away by flooding in November 2012. West Sabine Hut has been repainted inside and a new bench and new fireplace have been installed during October.

 

Mt Richmond Forest Park

Hacket Hut has been repainted inside and out after it was vandalised by graffiti during July. Other work carried out at the same time was the replacement of lead head nails at the hut and at Browning Hut.

 

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