Kahurangi National Park
The swing bridges over Blue Shirt Creek, Shiner Brook and Big River, all near Saxon Hut have been replaced with wooden pole suspension bridges. There are no longer any “NZFS one-at-a-time” swing bridges remaining on the Heaphy Track. The only swing bridges now remaining in Golden Bay are across the Takaka River at the Lower Junction and the Waingaro River near Waingaro Forks Hut.
The Waingaro / Anatoki Loop has had a scrub cut and the anchors on the Waingaro swing bridge have been replaced.
Kings Creek Hut has been painted inside and out during February 2017.
The Charming Creek Walkway is closed until further notice due to instability and rockfall.
Visitor pressure on DOC facilities in Golden Bay
Road-end car parks at Wharariki, Triangle Flat, Waikoropupu Springs, Wainui Falls, Rawhiti Cave, Paynes Ford and Wainui road end have often been full over the summer school holidays.
The Abel Tasman Coast Track has been fully booked during December 2016 and January 2017.
Mt Fell Hut upgrade
A second working bee was completed at Mt Fell Hut in Mt Richmond Forest Park on 14-16 January 2017 after being postponed from December because of bad weather. The work included the flying in of a new larger water tank, the installation of a new wood burner and the fitting of some new benches.
A third working bee is scheduled for the weekend of 4-5 March 2017 to complete the relocation and upgrade of the 6-bunk hut. The work planned is a hut paint and the construction of a small woodshed. The project is funded by the Outdoor Recreation Consortium and is being led by Nelson Tramping Club.