Mt Richmond Forest Park – February 2022
The 16-bunk Rocks Hut sits perched on the Bryant Range, literally just up the hill from downtown Nelson. The current version (erected by the New Zealand Forest Service in 1983-4) is the third hut on site, with two earlier versions built by the Nelson Tramping Club.
Ruahine Forest Park, Rangitikei – 7-11 October 2021
Otukota Hut lies on the lower flanks of the Mokai Patea Range, set in a clearing below the junction of the Waikamaka and Maropea Rivers. A standard S70, ex-NZFS hut, it was built in the 1970s?, and badly needed some work. The BCT’s Megan Dimozantos organised an excellent crew, who completed the work in October 2021, with welcome funding from the Kaimahi for Nature (KFN) programme.
Ahaura Valley, West Coast – January 2022
Cone Creek Hut is one of those gems, infrequently visited, but well worth the effort – even more so right now, after generous ‘Kaimahi for Nature’ funding enabled a cracker team to restore the hut.
Whareroa Farm, Kapiti, Wellington - December 2021
Wellington is well-known as a MTBing Mecca, and the Kapiti Coast is no exception. In recent years, The Kapiti MTB Club (KMBC) has been active building new mountain-bike tracks in Whareroa Farm on the Kapiti Coast side of the Akatarawa Forest, with funding support from the Backcountry Trust and the Kaimahi for Nature Fund (KFN).
In 2020, stage one work on a track provisionally called ‘Track 2’ was begun, and late in 2021, the track was informally opened to riders.