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Daphne Hut in Ruahine Forest Park has received a much-needed makeover.
Built in 1986 by Takapau Lions Club with support from DOC, the 12-bunk hut has recorded a decline in overnight stays in recent years, perhaps due to the deteriorating condition of the hut’s roof and floor.
But thanks to the NZ Army’s 25 Engineer Support Squadron, the hut is now looking as good as new.
DOC provided materials and flights for the men, who used their skills to replace the roof, lay new flooring and decking, build steps, improve bunks and repair interior water damage.
DOC’s senior ranger for the Manawatu, Shaun Ruddle, said the NZDF has been a long-time partner with DOC and that the high standard of repairs would not have happened without the soldiers.
“It is hoped that the renovations will improve the visitor experience and start to reverse the decline in bed nights recorded in recent years,” Ruddle said.
Daphne Hut can be accessed via the Tukituki River on Mill Road, or by taking the 2-3hr Daphne Hut Track from Kashmir Road.