Ruahine Forest Park, Hawke’s Bay – February 2021
In late February, the BCT sent local builder, Joe Eagles, and his team of two into Hinerua Hut. This job was funded using Kaimahi for Nature (KFN), a programme designed to keep people in work on jobs involving our conservation estate and its care.
Situated near the junction of Broken Ridge and Hinerua Ridge, the hut has a fine position in the eastern flanks of the Ruahine mountains.
Hinerua Hut is an old classic 4-bunker NZFS hut, built back in 1960, and upgraded by the Central Hawke’s Bay Shooter's Club in 1993. It serves as a neat little base for hunting, and a well-deserved stopover on a tramping trip, or a good solid return day trip.
In between the infamous Ruahine ‘showers’, Joe and his team installed a new Wagner Cooktop fire, a new roof, and a new woodshed (made from the old roofing iron ... waste not want not!).
They also did some other minor maintenance to keep the hut in tip-top shape for the next few years. Located at 1000 metres, Hinerua gets it fair share of snow during the winter, and the new woodburner insures it will be a cosier destination for trampers or hunters during the cooler months.