Ruahine Forest Park - October 2021
Toka Biv had a superb makeover in 2019, when a BCT team led by Josh Murray did a complete rebuild of the old Forest Service two-person bivouac. This also included adding a new watertank, and building a new thunderbox toilet, positioned away from the tarns.
The bivvy has a lovely position in a subalpine basin on the Ngamoko Range, facing east, but the location is quite boggy. Increased use since over the last year or so meant mud was becoming a bit of an issue.
In October, Josh Murray flew back in with friend Ryan to remedy the situation
West Coast, September 2021
Scamper Torrent has a name that evokes the burbling mountain stream it is – a tributary of the mighty Waitaha River. In its headwaters lies the tidy 4-bunk Scamper Torrent Hut, which is accessed by a steep track above Morgan Gorge, in the main Waitaha Valley.
Kaimai Rideway, Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park - September 2021
Te Whare Okioki is the newest hut in the Kaimai Range, built by the Kaimai Ridgeway Trust (KRT). It was developed as part of a long-term project to complete a track and hut network along the length of this old volcanic range that separates the Waikato from the Bay of Plenty. The new 12-bunk hut was opened two years ago, in October 2019.
The KRT’s Stan Lowe recently reported on a recent working bee in the area.
Ruahine Forest Park - September 2021
Colenso Hut lies in the headwaters of the Mangatera River, in the northwestern part of Ruahine Forest Park. The 8-bunk hut takes its name from pioneering Ruahine tramper William Colenso – even though the adventurous missionary never visited this particular spot during his eight crossings of the Ruahine Range during the 1840s and 1850s. Lake Colenso, known to Māori as Kokopunui, lies nearby.