Date: 01 October 2009
The Department of Conservation (DOC) advises the public that an upgrade of Te Waiti Hut in the Urutawa Conservation Area, Opotiki has been completed. The hut was in a deteriorated condition having been vandalised and now complies with the Department’s Backcountry Hut Standards and Fire Authority requirements.
Awhina White, Programme Manager (Visitor Assets) said today that staff have completed an upgrade of Te Waiti Hut which included painting the inside and outside of the hut, building a new enclosed verandah, removal of old bunks and installation of new bunk platforms and replacement of mattresses. Bunk capacity has been reduced from sleeping 8 to 6 with the possibility of extra people sleeping in the enclosed verandah.
“All the gear for the upgrade was transported to the site by helicopter and personnel entered by foot. Our team completed this project in four days taking advantage of the good weather conditions to do the outside painting and the inside of the hut on the less favourable,” said Ms White.
Te Waiti Hut is situated in the centre of the Urutawa Conservation Area, Opotiki in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. To reach the hut it is an easy two hour walk, which is suitable for families, on a benched track up Te Waiti stream from the Hastings Pole Bridge on Te Waiti Valley Road.
Awhina White said the Te Waiti Hut is now available for use and the public are requested to respect the hut by removing all rubbish when you leave and refraining from vandalism. “It is an asset for the benefit of all who use it and we ask it be treated with care. If the hut is not treated correctly by the public the future of the hut will have to be re-assessed. We rely on the public to report any vandalism to the local DOC office. The Department is committed to promoting outdoor recreation opportunities for New Zealanders,” said Ms White.