11 Sep 2012

DoC huts and walking tracks heading for extinction

3:45 pm on 11 September 2012

The Federated Mountain Clubs of New Zealand says funding cuts to the Department of Conservation are putting some huts and walking tracks into extinction.

President Robin McNeill says DoC needs to be given more money from the Government to operate, or tracks and huts that are not maintained will fall into disrepair.

He told Morning Report that having operational huts is a safety matter for unskilled trampers and families wanting to use the tracks.