Kahurangi National Park

Soper Shelter

A new tent camp is to be constructed at the head of Lake Stanley. The Golden Bay Alpine & Tramping Club will help build and maintain the tent camp which will be owned by DOC. A work party was scheduled to undertake preliminary work during February 2016, levelling the site, digging a toilet pit and preparing timber framing. The actual construction is planned to take place in March 2016, in the week before, and the week after Easter. The tent camp, on the Anatoki-Waingaro circuit, is being built in honour of the club’s founders Frank and Berna Soper.

Abel Tasman National Park

DOC is proposing an upgrade to the Marahau entrance to the park, including a new entranceway information kiosk, a small carpark information shelter and a new bus parking area.

Nelson Lakes National Park

The recently upgraded Relax Shelter on Mt Robert will have a water tank added, partly to cater for trampers continuing along Robert Ridge to Angelus Hut.

Blue Lake Hut has been repainted inside and out during February 2016. A new stove was installed and general maintenance also done. There has been a recent upsurge in the number visitors to Blue Lake, most likely as a result of increased social media publicity.

Tracks in Connors Creek and Hamilton Creek in the Upper Wairau Valley have been cleared recently. These tracks are used mostly by hunters.

South Marlborough

Flooding during February 2016 has closed road access to the Branch and Leatham catchments. Foot access across the Leatham River swing bridge is still available.

Mt Richmond Forest Park

Flooding during February 2016 has closed the Wairau Valley Northbank Road access to the Goulter catchment.

Mt Fell Hut

The NZ Outdoor Recreation Consortium has recently granted $10,000 in funding to Nelson Tramping Club to assist in the relocation and upgrading of Mt Fell Hut. The 6-bunk hut was closed in March 2015 because it had been found to be located on an active slip and unsafe for occupation. The project is planned for next summer, 2016-2017 with the use of a heavy lift helicopter. The new hut site is in a tussock clearing about 250m southeast of the original site.