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Links, References, Health and Safety, Permolat Trust Schedule of Work


  • Each of the hut pages on the site has a small embedded map. If you click on this you'll go directly to the area that it's located on the website
  • If you have Google Earth on you can download one of the following file which overlays all the DOC tracks and hutsites on the Google photos.
  • Frank King of Christchurch has a Tramping Blog that includes some of the huts on this website:
  • A more comprehensive website that covers most of the Huts and tracks around the country, including many on the remote Huts site, is The New Zealand Tramper Website:
  • There is a website for the Arthur's Pass National Park area:, which has webcams, a gallery of photos of the huts in the Park, weather, climbing, hut, bridge and track information, and Search And Rescue (SAR) reports.
  • Geoff Aitken has a website that publishes topomaps to assist people to get out in the hills: has a new map of the Westland side of the Arthurs Pass area that folk may find useful.
  • The Palmerston North Tramping and Mountaineering Club's Website covers Huts in the Ruahines, Tararuas, and more:
  • The Victoria University Tramping Club's Website's Tararua Hut page:
  • The website for Big Hut on the Rock and Pillar Range in Otago, another maintain-by-community project:
  • For those interested in the Waverly/ Waitotara area of the Whanganui National Park.
  • For those wanting to stay in touch while in the mountains, the Canterbury Mountain Radio Service hires out radios at reasonable rates:
  • The NZ Deercullers' site has a great gallery of old hut and high-country photos including some from the Website area:
  • Greg Ross is ex NZFS and Permolat member, currently living in Canada. He describes his website as a South Island writing and photographic alpine site.

Relevant Publications

  • Shelter From the Storm (Craig Potton Publishing): Shaun Barnet, Rob Brown and Geoff Spearpoint: A doorstopper of a book chock full of photos and a detailed history of high-country huts in New Zealand. Many of the huts on the website are mentioned with plenty of detail on their history and construction. See also: In 2016 the boys released a sequel, A Bunk for the Night: A Guide To New Zealand’s Best Backcountry Huts, published by Potton and Burton (
  • South Island Weekend Tramps: Nick Groves: A few of the huts on this site are included in this collection
    Shaun Barnett has written "Tramping in New Zealand: 40 Great Tramping Trips," and the larger and more recent "Tramping" co-authored with Chris Maclean. The latter is a comprehensive history of tramping in New Zealand and traces its origins from Maori and early European times to the present. This is also a Potton and Burton publication.
  • The Canterbury Westland Alps: A Climbing And Transalpine Guide: Yvonne Cook And Geoff Spearpoint: This one covers the Central Southern Alps and is for the more serious alpinists.
  • Bushcraft: A Publication by the new Zealand Mountain Safety Council. Essential preparatory reading for aspiring remote hutters.
  • Classic Tramps (Revised Edition): Shaun Barnett: The Frews - Toaroha circuit has been added to the revised edition of this guide.
  • Classic Tramps (Revised Edition): Shaun Barnett: The Frews - Toaroha circuit has been added to the revised edition of this guide.
  • The latest blockbuster coffee table extraordinaire was delivered to us in 2019 by Geoff Spearpoint. The Great Unknown: (A Potton and Burton publication) is a collection of 40 odd years of Geoff's trans-alpine epics in some of the remotest parts of NZ accompanied by eye-watering photos. Inspirational stuff.

DOC-Permolat Health and safety Plan

  • All official Permolat projects now require adherence to a Health and Safety Plan formulated by DOC in Hokitika. These are a major pain in the arse and there's no evidence that they make any difference to safety on high country projects. What they do serve to do is to feed a bloated and parasitic compliance industry that is paralyzing government departments, sucking up time and resources, and suppressing worker creativity, spontaneity, and self-responsibility. They focus on all the numerous things that could go wrong, and rate risk on the most serious outcome, rather then the probability of it occurring. The majority humans have done OK survival-wise in the hills for millennia without risk management matrices and tedious checklists. The hut and track systems we are concerned with were put in place,usually safely, before these things became fashionable. The Permolat group has a pool of outdoor experts and skilled tradesmen who know how to work safely in the outdoors and have been doing do since the group was set up in 2004. DOC has never asked us how we do this, or how we'd like to do Health and Safety. Even the legality of this requirement is dubious as we are not DOC employees, and mostly not working on DOC projects. Because this regime is imposed, there is no no real buy-in, and when there is no real buy-in, there's no real compliance, and that's the greatest danger of all. Take a look however. Permolat Community Agreement Health and Safety Management Plan Post Covid review.

DOC-Permolat Schedule of Work

  • We've recently been given general authority by DOC to work on all the minimal maintenance huts and tracks in Westland not already covered by individual maintain-by-community contracts. This huts and tracks covered by this broad ranging agreement are listed in the following download. DOC-Permolat Schedule of Work. Anyone thinking of a carrying out a project on a minimal maintenance hut, or a track on this schedule need to identify liaise with a key DOC person in the area concerned.


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Online Group

"Permolat" is an online group of people interested and/ or actively involved in remote hut and track preservation, and maintenance. It is a forum for discussion, information sharing, and project and trip planning. If you want to join and contribute, contact: Andrew Buglass.

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