Monday, June 11, 2007

Bane's Hut - Orongorongo Valley Rimutaka Range





























Had a great trip into the Valley on the saturday and luckly the weather held off enough to keep everone happy. Unfortunatly we didn't get to the summit of Mathew and I had a tumble on the way back down, over a week latter and my ancle is still bruised and swolen! (although I did go tramping last weekend so I can't complain too much) Bane's is a great hut with plenty of character, sadly it probably won't be around for too much longer. It's also a hut without any matreses, hence the photo of a very riped and uncomfortable stretcher I slept on. Thanks to Brendon for taking me out!

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6 Comments:

Blogger Tony said...

It's great to see your photographs.
I'm writing the biography of George Lowe. He spells this as 'Bain's Hut'and so I imagine that is incorrect?
Do you know the Upper Hutt and
over the hills to a deserted farmhouse,McGhie’s or McGhee's?
best wishes
Tony Astill

12:23 AM  
Blogger Cameron said...

y right about the spelling, but if you look it up on DOCs list of huts, or any topo of the area it should clear it up for you. as for the farm house I'm not sure

11:42 AM  
Blogger Cameron said...

y right about the spelling, but if you look it up on DOCs list of huts, or any topo of the area it should clear it up for you. as for the farm house I'm not sure

11:42 AM  
Blogger Becks said...

Hi Cameron,

Great photos! I'm currently setting up a new website for the Orongorongo Club and would love to use the photo of the child and dog outside Baine Iti for our home page. If your interested, flick me an email at rebecca.mitchinson@gmail.com and I can send through some more details about the club and website.

Cheers,

Rebecca

5:12 PM  
Blogger Jonny W said...

@Tony Bain's hut *was* directly across Mathews stream from Bain-iti. It was removed about 3 months ago, probably because it was too badly treated by users (am only assuming this is the reason). Also it's possible that Bain-iti was originally called Bain's hut before the larger one was built, if that makes sense? I was there yesterday and it's getting rather tired, but it is very old. There's a modest amount of history posted up on the hut walls, construction dates, Bain family notes etc.

6:16 PM  
Blogger Cameron said...

Yep, I posted this in 2007. Bane's was taken down quite recently as the river has shifted to the point that it aparently ran through the floor of the hut at times making repairs to the hut pointless. A real shame. Bane was one of only 2 Totara Slab huts still in the North Island (maybe all of NZ) the other being Cone hut in the Tararuas. I believe the slabs from Bane have gone to the Tararua tramping club to be used for maintenece on Cone.
I'm glad I got a trip there before it went. I'm hoping to get to cone again some time soon.

11:50 AM  

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