|The old Mt Somers Hut was a classic musterers hut|
Mt Somers is a favourite tramping area for Honora and me. It's not usually our first choice though. We usually save it for when the Nor'wester brings heavy rain in the main ranges.
And because the Nor'wester is a fairly regular occurrence in Canterbury, it's just as well the Mt Somers area can take a lot of exploring.
To give us more time we prefer to drive down from Christchurch on the Friday night and walk straight in to the hut. It only takes us an hour to walk in there in the dark.
The anticipation of lighting the open fire and bunking down in the old musterer's hut was always a big part of the attraction.
Sadly we won't have this to look forward to now. DoC have just completed construction of a large new building to replace the lovely historic old hut.
|The new Woolshed Creek Hut alongside the old Mt Somers Hut|
I have to admit, even though I'd seen the plans, I was surprised by the scale of the new building when we went in and saw the reality of it. It will sure take me some getting used to.
And new trampers may never know the historic experience they've missed.
(I previously had a link here to an article in the Ashburton Guardian but they have taken it down)