The popular Siberia Hut in Mt Aspiring National Park destroyed by fire in March this year is to be rebuilt.
The Department of Conservation has announced that funding for the new hut has been approved subject to a successful tender process.
Staff are currently working with an architect and the department’s engineer to finalise the design of the hut. “The rebuild project has given the department the opportunity to reconsider the hut facilities that are offered in the Siberia Valley however the hut will stand on the same footprint, orientated to make the most of the view up valley,” said Area Manager, Paul Hellebrekers.
The Department appreciated the large amount of public support since the fire destroyed the iconic 40 year old hut and are really pleased to be able to announce that the hut should be ready for public use before the New Year, Mr Hellebrekers said.
The new hut will have sleeping capacity for 20 to cater for the approximately 2,000 overnight visitors per year.
The NZ Fire Service (NZFS) investigation into the Siberia Hut fire has now been completed. The NZFS report concluded that the cause of the accidental fire could not be determined although likely to be centred on the LGP installation in the hut warden’s quarters that formed part of the main structure. Now that the NZFS process has been finalised the matter has been referred to the department’s health and safety manager to consider.