We use this page to provide as many resources as possible to help your applications and projects. Please feel free to suggest additional content you would find helpful.
– Application forms (word)
– Application Forms (pdf)
-DOC Sign-off Forms
-Adopting a Home in the Mountains
Geoff Spearpoint, Rob Brown and Shaun Barnett have dedicated the final chaper of their latest Backcountry Huts Book – A Bunk for the Night – to our vision for protecting the hut network: Preserving the Huts
Geoff Spearpoint has written a practical guide to hut maintenance which gives a good idea of the type of work typically involved in these projects. If you are considering adopting a hut it is a must read: Adopting a Home in the Mountains
Geoff Ockwell has prepared a simple project planning spreadsheet, which gives a good idea of the materials required for a backcountry hut restoration: Kay Creek Hut works 2016
– Claim Forms and Reporting Template
We are endeavouring to make our processes as simple as possible. We value your time. Please let us know what we could improve. Please complete all reporting statistics, they are required to report to the CCPF.
– Management Agreements
Applicants to the Outdoor Recreation Consortium must have written permission from DOC for their project before grants are paid out. We may be able to help you with that process. The type of standard agreement you need depends on the nature of your project.
- Letter: DOC may provide this letter to groups engaged in low risk activities eg track cutting or painting a hut on a one off basis.
- Low Risk Management Agreement – DOC insures – DOC insures: This will be the typical agreement for projects applying to the Outdoor Recreation Consortium – it applies to low risk activities on an ongoing basis.
- Medium- High Risk Management Agreement – DOC insures: This would be for the construction of huts/bridges or any project which required some form of consent or was considered high risk.
- Medium-High Risk Management Agreement – Manager insures: This would be for projects when the group owns, manages and maintains the facility, develops their own Health and Safety plan for the project and obtains their own insurance underwriting the project.
– Outstanding Maintenance in the Backcountry
DOC now has a centralised planning system for their services team under Carl McGuiness – Director Operational Planning. This team has staff present in locations around the country. They have provided us with the spreadsheet following which lists outstanding maintenance tasks around the country. As well as providing a starting point for the conversations with local DOC staff for those wishing to adopt a track or hut it provides an insight into the scale of the task DOC faces.
– Minimally Maintained Huts
The primary purpose of the Consortium is to maintain huts and tracks that DOC is unable to. The picture below shows a snapshot from a spreadsheet that DOC has provided us with that lists hut classified as minimally maintained or requiring community adoption in 2004. Some of these huts are now looked after by the community, but the list may give you some ideas as to what you could do. Click here to download the spreadsheet.
– Health and Safety Plan Templates and Examples
To minimise compliance costs Health and Safety plans will be based off a generic template, the provisions will have to change to reflect the specific project and environment, but this should be a simple process for low risk activities.
Use of Robinson Helicopters: Community groups may use Robinson aircraft for projects, but should ensure that they have discussed with the operator whether the Robinson is suitable/appropriate for the nature of the job .
– Hut and Track Standards
Work undertaken under the Outdoor Recreation Consortium will have to comply with agreed standards. The current relevant standards can be downloaded below.
Reports from completed projects that provide valuable information for future projects are posted below. Also check out our project blog for stories from around the place
- Geoff Spearpoint: Tunnel Creek Hut
- Paul Reid: Top Crooked Hut
- Alistair Walker: Homer Hut – Solar Power
- Ian Morris: Flora Hut
- Paul Reid: Top Trent Hut
- Alastair MacDonald: Explorer Hut
– Recreation Opportunity Review 2004: Summaries and Results
In 2004 DOC undertook a large piece of work seeking to plan for the future of huts and tracks. There was an extensive public process and results were announced that we still see the results of today, for example which huts are classified as “minimal maintenance”. The work was undertaken on the old DOC Conservancy basis, with results and summary available for each below. There are also National level documents.
Southland-summary Southland-results Otago-summary Otago-results Northland-summary Northland-results Nelson-Marlb-summary Nelson-Marlb-results National-summary National-overview ECHB-summary ECHB-results Canterbury-summary Canterbury-results BOP-summary BOP results Auckland-summary Auckland-results West-Coast-summary West-Coast-results Wellington-summary Wellington-results Wanganui-summary Wanganui-results Waikato-summary Waikato-results Tong-Taupo-summary Tong-Taupo-results
Scrub Cutter Use
Scrub cutters are sometimes the best tool for the job. Whether they work for you will depend on your project and your volunteers. DOC have supplied the following best training and assessment documents. If you wish to use scrub cutters on your project talk through how the safety procedures and training should be applied with your local DOC contact.
A two-page Department of Conservation guide to Track Maintenance (note this will vary depending on the type of track/route to be maintained.
How to flash a backcountry flue
We are interested in building up our resources to help people plan their hut maintenance. We welcome more contributions.
and courtesy of Warren Chin some more plans and lists of timber quantities:
and courtesy of Rob Brown, some construction details for Mungo Hut: Mungo Old File