11 Oct 2013

New hut opens in Abel Tasman National Park

9:36 pm on 11 October 2013

A new tramping hut has been opened in the Abel Tasman National Park, at a cost of $720,000.

Conservation Minister Nick Smith cut the ribbon on Friday on the new 34 bunk Anchorage Hut.

It has a large communal area, new toilets, modern insulation, solar-powered systems, and large decks.

It is the first hut trampers come across and tends to be the busiest one on the 54.5 km Abel Tasman coast track.

Last year the track was walked by 29,000 people, making it one of the most popular of the Great Walks.