Photo of the week: Sir Tipene O’Regan at Lake Matheson

Department of Conservation —  13/11/2013

Today’s photo of the week was taken over the weekend at the opening of new facilities on the Copland Track and at Lake Matheson in South Westland.

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Local children joined with Ngāi Tahu kaumātua Sir Tipene O’Regan at the opening of upgraded facilities at Lake Matheson and the installation of brand new interpretation panels at the start of the Copland Track telling the story of Hinetamatea, a Ngāi Tahu ancestress, who discovered the Copland Pass/Noti Hinetamatea.

The day also marked the opening of a $230,000 upgrade to Welcome Flat Hut which includes a spacious new lounge and dining area, new fireplace and four new bunkrooms. The hut is a fantastic place to stay on the popular Copland Track with about 4500 people staying there each year.

This photo was taken by DOC’s Katrina Henderson.


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