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Due to leaking and ice damage, Syme Hut on Fanthans Peak, Mt Taranaki has had its roof replaced.

Date:  14 January 2009

Three Department of Conservation Rangers have spent the last two days battling winds to reroof Syme Hut on Fanthams Peak, Mt Taranaki.

The current Syme Hut was built in 1988 and the original roof had begun to leak and show ice damage says DOC Visitor Assets Programme Manager Dave Rogers. “It lasted a surprisingly long time in the alpine environment – but it was time for a new roof.”

Materials were flown in to the hut by Precision Helicopters, and the rangers worked long hours to remove the old roof and install the new one. Wind at the exposed site made shifting the iron into place difficult - but the trio managed the project in two days. The old roofing material was flown off site.

DOC Rangers Mike Johns and Neil Sinclair reroofing Syme Hut. Photo: Glenn Fyfe.
DOC Rangers Mike Johns and
Neil Sinclair reroofing Syme Hut

At 1966m Syme Hut is the highest hut in Egmont National Park. Classified as a category three backcountry hut, it offers trampers 10 bunks, a toilet, and running water. On a clear day the site offers stunning views across Taranaki to the Central Plateau. The sunsets and sunrises make the steep three hour uphill tramp from Dawson Falls worthwhile.

The hut was named after the late Rod Syme, a climbing identity well known in the alpine community.

Precision Helicopters fly out the old roofing material, passing the peak of Mt Taranaki. Photo: Sorrel Hoskin.
Precision Helicopters fly out the old roofing
material, passing the peak of Mt Taranaki

Hut tickets are required for all Department of Conservation Huts in Egmont National Park – tickets for Syme Hut are $5, while most other huts in the Park cost $15. Hut wardens are in many huts in the Park over the summer period.

Contact

Ngāmotu / New Plymouth Office
Phone:   +64 6 759 0350
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   newplymouth@doc.govt.nz
Address:   55A Rimu Street
New Plymouth 4312
Postal Address:   PO Box 462
New Plymouth 4340

See also:

Syme Hut

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