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Track Maps now in 3D
Posted: Sunday 6 June 2010 by Chris

Thanks to Google Maps, the track maps are now available in 3D.

Just click the "Earth" button at top right of the map to view in 3D. You will need to have the Google Earth Plugin installed on your computer for this to work.

Google Earth View

Click here for more information.

Click here for 5 tips on how to use 3D.

New hut for Coromandel
Posted: Sunday 6 June 2010 by Chris

A new DOC hut and camping facility is under construction at Crosbies Settlement on the main Coromandel range, about 12km north east of Thames.

The new hut will sleep 10 people and is expected to be open to the public in June 2010.

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Source: Department of Conservation

Fee increases for some DOC facilities
Posted: Saturday 5 July 2008 by Chris

The Department of Conservation (DOC) has announced some modest fee increases for some of its high profile walks for the coming season/year.

In announcing the increases, Acting General Manager Operations - Southern, Graeme Ayres stressed that most of the hut charges on the Great Walks had not increased for four years, and in the case of the serviced huts in other areas, these had been stable since 1999.

Most of the fee increases affect the Great Walks and will add $5 to the cost of a hut for an adult hut ticket. On the Milford and Routeburn tracks for example, the cost will rise from $40 to $45 per night, and on Tongariro the cost will rise from $20 to $25 per night.

There will be no increase in charges for the facilities on either the Abel Tasman Track and the Waikaremoana Great Walk, as these were increased last year, and nor is the Whanganui Great Walk to be part of this current fee increase.

The cost of serviced huts will rise from $10 per night to $15. There are 95 serviced huts, mainly in backcountry locations throughout the country, and they are serviced in the sense that heating fuel is provided for hut occupants. There will be no change in the charges for the use of standard huts and there are over 400 of these on walking tracks throughout the country.

The fee increases are effective from 1 July 2008.

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Source: Department of Conservation

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