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Koranga Forks Hut in “mint condition”

Families looking for an overnight adventure tramp close to Gisborne are reminded the Koranga Forks Hut has been upgraded.

A team from Department of Conservation (DoC) had recently completed maintenance on the track from the hut to the Moanui road-end, as well as cleaned and repaired the hut leaving it in “mint condition”.

The hut has six bunks.

DoC community ranger Sandra Groves said a reasonable level of fitness was needed for the track. To get there, drive to and along Te Wera Rd, about halfway between Opotiki and Gisborne, which joins SH2 at the Motu River Bridge. Then turn right into Moanui Rd.

The tramp is in the Waioeka Conservation Area.

Ms Groves said it was an enjoyable backcountry experience and the closest to central Gisborne.

“You can take a break from the summer heat and get into the cool bush with swimming opportunities along the Koranga river.

“There is heaps to do once you're in there, from fishing, hunting, tramping, swimming to checking out whio (blue duck), wildlife, birdlife and long-tailed bats.

“The best time to view the long-tailed bats is at dusk on the Koranga River by looking out to the skyline.”

DoC wanted to remind people to carry their own litter, food and cooking equipment.

For further information on this track and other walks in the area, visit https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/east-coast/places/waioeka-conservation-area/

SUMMER BREAK: DoC Biodiversity Ranger Jamie Quirk (left) and Paul Roper were involved in the upgrade of Koranga Forks Hut. Picture by Moira Lee