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King Country 4WD Club

As well as huts, tracks and trails the Outdoor Recreation Consortium can fund 4WD opportunities. Steve Kernot reports from an Outdoor Recreation Consortium funded project on Ngaroma road in the Kingcountry, full report here: king-country-4wd-club

Over the past 11 years the King Country 4WD Club have worked with DoC to develop a 4WD park in the Pureora Forest Park. This partnership has worked well and as the road needed work DoC repaired it and we assisted where we could with weed spraying and pot hole repairs. Unfortunately, due to money constraints and increased usage of the 4WD Park the road had deteriorated to a dangerous level. We were having Club members with blow-outs, wheels damaged and trailers shaken apart from dragging off-roaders in and out of the block.

We organised working bees to repair pot holes and to cut back growth and windfalls along the road but the roading metal was not up to the traffic.
With the repairs that have been completed on the road and the new metal laid this should allow us a smoother ride in and allow cars to use the road that was more a 4WD track.

The KC4WD Club has run fundraising activities taking rides for Scouts and Venturers to raise money for ongoing maintenance of the block. The NZ4WD Association has allocated $2500 to match our $2500 to enable us to get a machine in to repair and drain the 4WD tracks over summer. The KC4WD Club has just approved $1000 donation for DoC to help towards the cost of the roadside mowing on the newly repaired Ngaroma Road. I have just spoken to Marty at DoC and made an undertaking to help with vegetation control on the roadside after this is completed. The KC4WD Club has completed spraying and trimming back of the roadside before the roadworks we started to protect the paint jobs, lights and mirrors of the trucks working on the road repairs.

The King Country 4WD Club would like to thank the Outdoor Recreation Consortium for the opportunity to help with this venture and hope we can work with you in the future.

Horse pens for Hakatere

Kay Holder has reported on the completion of Peter Hurst and friends project to improve access for recreational horse riders to areas around Hakatere Conservation Park. Its great to see the increased opportunity that High County Conservation Parks have created for horse riders.

Read the full report here: Peter Hurst Glenrock report

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Gold Creek Hut

Word in from John Beech, President of the Manawatu Tramping and Skiing Club, and FMC Executive member, but his own man on this project. Long drop completed at Gold Creek.

Looks good as gold aye. Design from Craig Benbow of Malvern Deerstalkers. Will Benbow long drops eventually feature in future hut history books alongside the NZFS 6 Bunk huts?

Read John’s report here: Gold Creek report

Matawai Hut

Matawai Hut is located in a forest south of Matwai where the Motu river begins its long journey to the sea. Previously a Mountain Safety Council Hut the hut has now been adopted by the local LANDSAR group. It is commonly used for bushcraft training session with the flat contours oof the forest especially suited for getting a little disoriented.

The Outdoor Recreation Consortium has been able to help this group get the hut up to required standards to ensure its long-term future. Read the report here: Matawai Report

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Yeats Ridge Hut

The Toaroha is Permolat heartland, and Paul Reid is one of their key people, putting his shoulder to the wheel of that wagon. Read Paul’s report of a trip into Yeats Ridge Hut: Yeates Ridge

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Mt Somers Walkway

The Mt Somers Walkway have been at this stuff for years. This group, largely made up of farmers, even pre-dates much of Mt Somers and surrounds becoming public conservation land.

Their current focus is  improving the track on the southern side of the mountain, and the latest project funded by the Outdoor Recreation Consortium, a boardwalk to protect a fragile area from increasing foot traffic, is another step forward.

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St James Horse Riding

The Hanmer Springs Horse Riders, together with their allies the High Country Pleasure Riders are doing a great job improving backcountry riding opportunities in the St James. This area has long been a special place for horse riders (and even those who like seeing horses in the backcountry) and its great to see more people been given this an opportunity to get in there.

Projects have included a do-up of Stanleyvale Hut (with nice new macrocarpa bunks), improvement of the route between the Boyle and Anne Saddle, and also between the Boyle and the Waiau. Read a couple of their reports here: Boyle Gorge to Anne Saddle project Tin Jug route & Stanleyvale Hut project


Top Hope Hut

The Kowai Deer Hunters were stoked to get our fires burning again at Top Hope Hut. This wins the Outdoor Recreation Consortium stoked volunteer photo of the year award 😉 Read their full report: Upper Hope Hut repair project by Kowai Deer Hunters


Arete Forks Hut

Another project that the Ex NZFS Deer Culler group has going on in the Tararuas is Arete Forks Hut.  This hut has been restored to the original S70 NZFS 6-Bunk Hut design, including the re-instatement of an open fireplace (the only other hut of this type in the Tararuas that remains the original design is the Mid-Waiohine Hut).

Restoring an open fireplace is somewhat of a milestone, and required a change of thinking, but the outdoors people of the future will enjoy the opportunity to sit in front of,  and cook on open fireplaces in the right situations we reckon.

Derrick Field has also prepared extensive historical information regarding this and other Tararua Huts: Read here (or wait until you get in there!)

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Mungo Hut

A handful of outdoor legends, a bit of time, a splash of money and some decent weather…marvellous Mungo Hut (the slideshow is in reverse!)

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