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New hut opened as part of Heaphy Track upgrade

Published: 3:30PM Saturday July 13, 2013 Source: ONE News

  • A stream on the Heaphy Track in Kahurangi National Park (Source: WIkimedia Commons)
    A stream on the Heaphy Track in Kahurangi National Park - Source: WIkimedia Commons

A new hut has been opened in Kahurangi National Park as part of a $2.2 million upgrade.

The Heaphy Hut on the 78km Heaphy Track was opened today, and features a large communal area, gas cookers, solar-powered lighting and flush toilets.

Conservation Minister Nick Smith, who officially opened the hut, described the new addition as "palatial compared to the old one".

Heaphy Track's $2.2 million upgrade has included several new huts, toilets and bridges along the popular tramping track.

"The 148 metre bridge over the Heaphy River replaces that destroyed in last July's flood and is the longest suspension bridge anywhere on public conservation land," said Mr Smith.

The track is the longest of the Department of Conservation's Great Walks.