Flash new hut opens

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Tram­pers can look for­ward to stay­ing in a new $535,000 MidCaples hut in the Caples Val­ley. The new 24-bed Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion hut, which, re­places the smaller 12-bunk hut built in 1975, has a large com­mu­nal area, in­su­la­tion and sum­mer flush toi­lets with a sunny front deck. Depart­ment Wakatipu con­ser­va­tion ser­vices man­ager John Roberts said the val­ley with its mix of grassy river flats and ma­ture beech for­est was one of the most pleas­ant in the district. Many tram­pers walk through the Mid-Caples to reach the Up­per Caples and then over to the Green­stone Val­ley ‘‘The Mid-Caples also pro­vides great op­por­tu­ni­ties for less ex­pe­ri­enced people to go out­doors. The area is pop­u­lar with fam­i­lies, fish­er­men, hunters and school groups, many of who will com­plete a short re­turn trip from the road-end. Our vis­i­tor data shows that more than 3000 people visit the Mid-Caples area per year.’’ A new hut co­in­cided with up­grades of the McKel­lar and Green­stone huts in the Green­stone Val­ley and a re­de­vel­oped track from the Up­per Caples over the McKel­lar Sad­dle to McKel­lar Hut. ‘‘With the im­proved travel over McKel­lar Sad­dle it is no longer nec­es­sary for tram­pers to stay two nights in the Caples Val­ley when walk­ing the Caples/ Green­stone cir­cuit. People tramp­ing the Caples/Green­stone will now overnight at the MidCaples, McKel­lar and Green­stone huts, mak­ing the trip a four-day jour­ney. We have there­fore de­cided to close the age­ing hut in the Up­per Caples to pub­lic use. DOC is cur­rently con­sid­er­ing the fu­ture of the Up­per Caples hut, which may in­clude it be­ing man­aged by a com­mu­nity group.’’ Hut fees at Mid-Caples re­main un­changed, $15 per adult and $7.50 for chil­dren.

Flash: The new Mid-Caples hut.

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