Alpine huts must withstand an extremely harsh environment, and so the Club has a regular programme of maintenance and improvements. Ideas for new huts are also always being considered. If you have suggestions, please contact the Accomodation Manager through the National Office.
The Department of Conservation has committed to doing the required earthquake strenghtening of this hut and hopes to have this work completed in the winter of 2015.
(Old) NZMS 260 map sheet: H36 875 340
(New 2009) Topo50 map sheet: BX16 775 724
Destroyed by an avalanche in 1996, this hut was extremely popular for climbers visiting Mt Malte Burn and the surrounding area. There has been a large amount of interest in rebuilding this asset in a safer location near by.
Development of the Beetham Hut project:: beethamhut.blogspot.com
Due to extensive deterioration this hut was demolished and removed on 20 February 2012. Many thanks to the NZAC volunteers, DOC Aoraki/Mt Cook staff, and Airforce crew who contributed many hours and resources towards the removal. The base frame of the hut remains in place and NZAC hope to be able to replace this hut within the next 5 years. The old bivvy rock is still in place.
Community Conservation Partnership Fund
The NZ Outdoor Recreation Consortium was formed in 2014 as a partnership between FMC, NZDA and Trail Fund NZ to manage and distribute funding obtained from the DoC’s Community Conservation Partnership Fund. For the Year one funding round, we at NZAC are applying for projects at:
- Cascade Hut – a new roof ($3,379). approved
- Homer Hut – new water tanks ($3,298) and improved solar power system ($1,033). approved
(water tanks installed and paid for by NZAC Dec 2014, CCPF funding not yet received)
- Centennial Hut – overdue repairs to the door, windows and deck. (waiting for response)
- Mid Tasman Glacier – a new heli-portable biv. (waiting for response)
- Ruapehu Hut – upgrading the water system (not approved). Painting hut ($2,720). approved
Recently completed projects
A new septic tank and toilet system was installed in time for the 2014 busy winter season.
At the completion of the Unwin Lodge redevelopment project the hut was officially reopened on 16 October 2011