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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).
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