Poolies Hut on the St James Cycle Trail had sadly fallen into disrepair in recent years before Christchurch builder Keith Dekkers approached us with an idea to renovate it. The hut was originally built as a small cabin for the AA Motor Camp in Hamner Springs and was relocated to this site on an old Army Quad by Brian Pool, Ted Kumeroa and Ian Lunn. The hut is an important safety shelter for the track if coming in from the Saddle Spur Bridge end. If the Edwards River is in flood it may not be possible to reach Scotties Hut and cycling back to Poolies is the best option.
In late January 2016, Gaylene Wilkinson, Geoff Spearpoint, and Alex Tuffnell spent three days preparing and painting the hut exterior. They also cleared existing drainage around the hut, and lifted and relaid the rock cobbles at the entrance to the hut.
Ivory Lake Hut has long been a destination on every dedicated hut baggers list. It was built in 1970 from a standard NZFS S70 kitset hut that was ordered by Trevor Chinn for the team that planned to study the small Ivory Glacier. This team first went in to survey the area in April 1968. In the preceding years the NZFS had already built the first hut in the Waitaha Valley – Top Waitaha Hut which opened up the huge hunting basins in the upper valley. In those days there were no tracks in the lower valley and the standard access was up over the main divide via the well established network in the Whitcombe and Prices Basin.
In March 2020 Permolat stalwart Hugh van Noorden got together a keen group to head in the West Mathias valley to renovate the West Mathias Biv. The group had also identified that, like many of these small bivs, it needed a small woodshed to stop people storing wet wood under or in the hut, a toilet and a general tidy up of the hut itself.
The group worked for five days to build the woodshed, install the new toilet and paint the hut. This hut had also suffered from the vegetation around the hut crowding in and this was trimmed back to let more light into the site.