Pete Hurst and the Horse Trails South Trust have completed some great work over this past summer to restore the historic Amuri Pass Pack Track for trampers, hunters and horse riders.
This pack track had not been maintained for years and the team has been clearing vegetation and wind falls over some 57km of track between the Doubtful River near Lewis Pass and the Waiheke River on the West Coast. There has been a lot to organise for this with a 3 ton digger and fuel having to be transported up the West Coast side, specialist arbourists to come in and clear the bigger trees, as well as the volunteers that have put in some 550 hours of their time and labour over summer.
Pete reports that the Canterbury side of the track is finished, and included rerouting the existing tramping track back to the original benched track on the east side of the pass to avoid the swampy section on the pass itself. Horse paddocks have been completed at the historic Slaty Creek Hut as well as at Doubtful Hut on the Canterbury side.
With a little bit more to go this spring between Torrent Creek and the pass, the digger and unimog have been ‘winterised’ onsite and the team will go in again in September to finish the job. A fantastic achievement by this group to maintain this 57km of track. For more photos check out the HTST facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HTSTNZ2017/