Overland Track Huts Redevelopment
The Parks and Wildlife Service is planning to undertake construction works from October 2021 as part of ongoing improvements to facilities on the Overland Track. The first stage has been completed with the new hut at Waterfall Valley (pictured above) open for walkers to use in June 2020. The second and third stages will see construction of new huts and toilets at Kia Ora and Windermere.
Frequently asked questions
Will this change where I can stay?
No. The current Windermere and Kia Ora walkers huts, tent platforms and toilets will be available for use as normal during the construction periods. The new huts and toilets are being constructed on new sites. The existing huts and tent platforms will not be demolished and rehabilitated until the new facilities are open for walkers to use.
Will this change the route I walk?
The walking route and usual itinerary will not change. When you reach the
overnight nodes during construction phases you will be required to observe any
PWS or contractor signage. There may be short detours in place to avoid active construction areas.
Will there be construction noise?
There will be general construction noise from small machinery and hand tools during daylight hours during construction phases. Noise levels will vary with different stages of the project.
Helicopters are required to fly in all materials for the project and to remove all waste materials. This means there will be isolated days throughout the construction works when walkers will hear frequent helicopter activity.