The Kaimai Ridgeway Trust Welcomes You to Te Whare Okioki !
Our new hut - Te Whare Okioki (The Resting Place) - is at the site of the old Ngamuwahine shelter. This is a 12 bunk hut built to DOC serviced standards, with a large covered deck, a helipad, a meat safe and dog kennels. There is ample camping in the surrounding clearing and forest, with more sites becoming available over the coming months as we complete more tidy up of the site.
The hut must be booked online - link here - or by contacting DOC Tauranga on 07 578 7677. If you have any special requests, please also contact us directly on email@example.com.
Last year the BOP branch of NZ Deerstalkers installed a second water tank and a higher capacity woodburner, treated and painted the inside walls of the deck, and completed a number of other maintenance tasks. During the autumn we expect to do more work on the site, including starting to mark out some suitable campsites. DOC emptied the toilet tank in March.
Thanks to Ngati Hinerangi for their support throughout the hut construction, including the hut name, the production of the carved hut sign above the entrance to the hut and the site and hut blessings.
The helipad is used for helicopter flights from time to time. If you hear a helicopter in the vicnity, please evacuate the helipad area IMMEDIATELY, including ensuring that all loose objects are secured. DO NOT camp on or in the immediate vicintiy of the helipad.
If you have any information or photos to share about your visit, or would like to join a work party to assist with site finishing work, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
We appreciate grants and donations received towards the project from the Backcountry Trust, Auckland Tramping Club, the Lion Foundation, the Jordan family, the Walton family, Auckland Catholic Tramping Club, Matamata Piako District Council, Department of Conservation, Matamata Rotary Club, Auckland Baptist Tramping Club, Katikati Tramping Club, Katikati Rotary Clun, NZ Deerstalkers Association BOP Branch, Roger Montgomerie and the SD and AJ Lowe Family Trust.
And we would be nowhere without all the volunteer time provided by people from the Kaimai Ridgeway Trust's affiliated groups, especially the Bay Of Plenty Deerstalkers.
There are more photos from the construction stages in our Photo Gallery - link here - For each of 2018 and 2019 expand the year folder by clicking on it, and then below that click on the "Te Whare Okioki" folder.