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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.