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Balloon Hut project

posted Mar 12, 2016, 11:34 PM by Robert Wopereis   [ updated Mar 12, 2016, 11:43 PM ]

Renovations at Balloon Hut in Kahurangi National Park are scheduled for the week Monday 14th to Friday 18th March 2016. A few club members are volunteering their help along with four DOC workers to finish the assembly of a woodshed and install a wood burner, replacing an ageing gas heater. Firewood will also be flown in to both Balloon Hut and Salisbury Lodge.


The club has a long history of involvement with Balloon Hut going back to the last major upgrade of the hut in February 1995. A major force in that project was Diana Reeves, club president at the time. After Diana’s passing in 2010 a bequest of $1000 from her was a major impetus for further improvements at the hut.


In 2013 a suggestion at a committee meeting was to offer to pay DOC $2600 to install a wood burner, hearth and flue. Although DOC accepted our offer, they did not have the extra funding for a woodshed. But after a meeting with DOC the club submitted an application to the Outdoor Recreation Consortium in February 2015 hoping to complete the project.


In March 2015 the club’s application was approved for the sum of $12,964. The club’s offer of funding had also increased from $2600 to $3000. The project started off with the prefabrication of the woodshed, completed over two days, on the 21st and 22nd of July 2015 at the DOC Motueka yard by four club members, at various times, helping DOC builder Stu Houston.