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If you’re heading out on a family adventure, a DOC hut can be a great option for accommodation. Here are some insider tips from our rangers for your next hut break.

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It’s always a great time to start planning your first true Kiwi hut experience. DOC staff share their hut picks for first time trampers.

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Today’s photo of the week is of Angelus Hut between Lakes Rotoiti and Rotoroa in Nelson Lakes National Park.

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Blogger Sharlene Laskey tells us about her mission to visit all of New Zealand’s huts and shelters.

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Canterbury’s South Huxley Biv looks as good as new, thanks to some hard working volunteers and funding from the NZ Outdoor Recreation Consortium.

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By Paul O’Fagan, Inspector based in Wairau.

What happens when you get a passionate group of like-minded locals together? Well, if you’re the Tennyson Inlet Boat Club, you put talk into action and give an old hut a new lease of life.

Club members standing by the Matai Bay Hut sign.

Club stalwarts Peter and Doug with the new sign (note the club’s pirate flag)

The Tennyson Inlet Boat Club recently negotiated with DOC to upgrade Matai Bay Hut. The upgrade was managed and funded by them.

Matai Bay Hut is located only metres from the water’s edge in Marlborough’s stunning Pelorus Sound, and can only be reached by boat.

Builders finishing the deck around the hut/

Tennyson Inlet Boat Club (Callister Builders) finishing the deck

Flood tides had been causing problems for the hut. Luckily, the Tennyson Inlet Boat Club are an enthusiastic, resourceful and practical group—with many seasoned tradesmen in their ranks, including the Callister family who managed the hut renovation—and they hatched a plan to beat the flood tides.

The club got sponsorship for some materials, and got stuck in. After raising the hut 500 millimetres, onto new piles, they then built a massive timber deck and boardwalk around the hut.

Tennyson Inlet Boat Club members outside the Matai Bay Hut.

Tennyson Inlet Boat Club members outside the Matai Bay Hut

Local Conservation Services Manager, Roy Grose, and the Marlborough Sounds DOC team helped by providing guidelines, sharing knowledge and carrying out inspections.

Leanne Schmidt, the Tennyson Inlet Boat Club’s Secretary said

“Our club has invested time and effort. Conservation is an investment in places we enjoy—where you can find solitude and adventure. Our partnership with DOC has been rewarding. A success that benefits all New Zealanders.”

The upgraded Matai Bay Hut.

All completed, ready for you to visit

The club has further plans to improve Matai Bay Hut with a fly screen door, more steps off the deck and are investigating the feasibility of placing a mooring in the Bay.

By Chrissy Wickes, Biodiversity Ranger, Te Anau.

I love tramping in winter. If the forecast is good then there is nothing better than a frosty walk to a cosy hut.


Exploring Mount Aspiring National Park

We recently walked up to Aspiring Hut. This is a two and a half hour walk up the beautiful West Matukituki Valley to a hut with grand views of Tititea/Mount Aspiring. Tititea means “glistening peak” and is the tallest mountain in Tititea/Mount Aspiring National Park, rising to 3033 metres.


A frosty morning

It is an easy flat walk to get to the hut, following the West Matukituki river and surrounded by mountains. You really do feel like you are in the heart of the mountains yet it is less than 60 kilometres from Wanaka.

The next morning we woke to a kea jumping on the roof.  It was a frosty morning  so woolly clothes, gloves and hats were needed.


Keeping warm

Check out the DOC website for information on Tititea/Mt Aspiring National Park and other great activities in the area.