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Tararua Aorangi Remutaka Huts Committee Incorporated

Tararua Aorangi Remutaka Huts Committee (TARHC) supports the backcountry hut networks and promotes recreational use in the in the Tararua, Aorangi and Remutaka Forest Parks.

The TARHC is an Incorporated Society and is also a registered charity.

Fourteen tramping and hunting clubs and other volunteer groups that manage up to 47 of the 54 public huts in the forest parks are represented on the TARHC. The committee has a close working relationship with the local DOC staff who participate in meetings of the TARHC.

The TARHC members manage all of the non-booked huts in the forest parks, on behalf of the Department of Conservation (DOC). This is done through Community Agreements between thevolunteer groups and DOC.

The TARHC also have Community Agreements for the management of five huts in the forest parks. Additionally, the TARHC also have agreements to manage up to 100 kms of tramping tracks over the next two yers in the Aorangi and remutaka forest parks. Pending the outcome of this effort, further tracks will come under the upkeep of the TARHC. Member clubs of the TARHC and/or other volunteers undertake the maintenance of these tracks.

The forest parks in the Wellington region have a long history of tramping and hunting and are regarded as the Home of tramping in New Zealand. Initial development of the track and hut networks was mainly done by club members and still form the core network of huts and tracks in the forest parks. Clubs have strong connections with many existing huts.

The TARHC was created in 1988 with the introduction of the DOC National Hut Fees system. The primary purpose of the committee was to ensure the ongoing upkeep and retention of huts by supporting hut custodians with funding and co-ordinate and encourage the upkeep of huts. Clubs and DOC agreed on priorities for hut upkeep and funding was provided from the hut fees sales received by DOC which was passed on to the committee.

The TARHC has achieved the replacement of Waitewaewae and Mangahao Flats huts,  contributions to other hut replacements, construction of  Tarn Ridge hut and ensured the ongoing upkeep of  38 public huts in the three forest parks.

The Backcountry Trust now also support the funding for volunteer groups undertaking hut and track upkeep, along with an annual contributions from the Department of Conservation that recognizes the historical ownership of huts in the forest parks by tramping and hunting clubs.

The TARHC also host an online email group for open discussion about recreation in the forest parks, and keep up to date with Committee and DOC work. To subscribe to the group click here…

Website Header photo of Maungahuka hut provided by Peter Laurenson