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Kime Hut Replacement is Actually Happening

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Visiting Kime Hut at 9pm
on a winter’s night.

For several years now there have been rumours that Kime Hut would be replaced, and they’ve been subsequently quashed or pushed back for one reason or another. (Budget issues and such.) This summer, the rumours seem to be formulating into something that actually occurring. Kime Hut is in a very exposed part of the Tararuas, and serves as a stopping point for some as part of the Tararua Southern Crossing. The hut has a big internal space and its reputation is one of being a very cold place to stay, and although it can keep off the most harsh aspects of a storm, it’s also sometimes referred to as the refrigerator—on this occasion in 2009 [2], Craig measured the indoor temperature to be approximately 1°C warmer than the outdoor temperature. It’s fairly common to hear people pleading for some form of heating in the hut, but that’s never happened.

Last week (after I asked) I was very helpfully informed by one of the local staff at DoC’s Kapiti Conservancy that yes, Kime Hut is going to be replaced during the summer of 2012/2013.

The replacement hut will be in the same location, but not on the same footprint of the existing hut, and it should hopefully be available for use by “this time next year”. The existing hut will remain assembled until its replacement is finished, although I’d presume there’s likely to be reduced space available if a construction team is staying there.

I’ve been informed that there are no plans for extra heating facilities over the existing hut (which has none), but the new hut (based on an existing 20 bunk DoC design) will be thermo-wrapped and fully insulated, with double-glazed windows facing the sun.

There won’t be any official consultation direct to the public, just in case you were wondering. Local clubs and iwi will be consulted and updated through the Tararua Aorangi Rimutaka Huts Committee, so if you have something to say then make sure one of those organisations knows about it. The Tararua Tramping Club [3] in particular (custodian club of the existing Kime Hut) has already been involved for consultation purposes, although won’t be involved in tendering or construction. That club will continue to be affiliated with the replacement hut.

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12 Comments To "Kime Hut Replacement is Actually Happening"

#1 Comment By Craig On 14 April, 2012 @ 6:48 pm

Why are you not being consulted Mike? Surely you are Tangata Whenua of the Tararuas?

#2 Comment By Mike McGavin On 14 April, 2012 @ 6:52 pm

Nah, I just promote them in an overzealously fanatical way to those who haven’t been initiated. I haven’t even been everywhere in the Tararuas. 😛

#3 Comment By Amelia On 16 April, 2012 @ 8:11 am

I guess at least it will be insulated and double glazed, which should make a marked difference even without heating… Must make an effort to get up there before they take down the old one then!

#4 Comment By Mike McGavin On 23 April, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

Yep. There are some people around in the forums who reckon DoC hasn’t thought or consulted enough on this (assuming my info was correct and that it’ll definitely be in the same place), and a replacement hut would be much better sited around Bridge Peak, which is where an earlier hut used to be although I’m not well-versed enough on the history to know much about that. There’s some good logic in that location, too.

#5 Comment By John (Mantis) On 9 February, 2013 @ 2:44 pm

Hi Mike. I was up at Kime yesterday 8/2/2013 on another perfect Tararua day. The new hut is progressing well. it is now complete up to floor level. They were putting in underfloor insulation (Expol) when I was there. The builders were flying out last night and will come back in when the windows are ready to be flown in. Everything else such as the frames etc is on site. The new hut is directly to the south of the old hut about 3 metres away but is oriented to the north and west with a large deck on the northwestern corner

#6 Comment By Mike McGavin On 14 February, 2013 @ 5:39 pm

Hi John. Thanks for the update. I’ll certainly have to get up there to check it out!

#7 Comment By Wayne Clark On 14 March, 2013 @ 6:34 pm

no accomodation available until further notice

#8 Comment By Sean Comber On 24 April, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

Hi Mike,
you may be interested to know that according to an email I received from DoC on 22 April “due to delays in window manufacture and teh recent weather the hut will not be ready for members of the public [in the week of 30 April, but that] if the contractors get up there this week the hut should be ready to open in early May.

#9 Comment By Mike McGavin On 25 April, 2013 @ 10:22 am

Neat. Thanks Sean.

#10 Comment By Mike McGavin On 31 May, 2013 @ 10:33 am

Reportedly the opening date [10].

#11 Comment By Ashleigh On 21 May, 2014 @ 11:00 am

hi there is the new kime hut ready to be stayed in and does it have a fire place? Does anybody know?

#12 Comment By Mike McGavin On 21 May, 2014 @ 11:09 am

Hi Ashleigh. Yes it’s now officially open, and No there’s no fireplace or assisted heating of any sort. Take a good sleeping bag. 🙂