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DOC Hut fees to rise
Jul 2nd, 2010 at 9:13pm
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Just found this in the news section when I opened up

Fees for back country huts have increased after a Department of Conservation (DOC) review found rises were needed to cover maintenance costs.

From today, huts on the Great Walks would rise by $5 a night, but remain free for under-18s, DOC said.

The Great Walks were Lake Waikaremoana, the Tongariro Northern Circuit, the Whanganui Journey, Abel Tasman Coast Track, Heaphy Track, Routeburn Track, Milford Track, Kepler Track and Rakiura Track.

The annual pass for back country huts would increase from $90 to $120 and the six-month pass would increase from $60 to $90.

Fees had been held since March 2008, but increases were needed due to rising costs, DOC said.

The fees only covered a proportion of the costs of maintaining DOC's hut network.
  
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Reply #1 - Jul 2nd, 2010 at 9:29pm
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ETS? Wink
  
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Reply #2 - Jul 2nd, 2010 at 10:24pm
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I'll start paying for the use of a hut when DOC scrap 1080!!!

  

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My I.R.D number covers my hut fees if i ever stay in them ,which is hardly never Wink
  
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Reply #4 - Jul 3rd, 2010 at 2:14pm
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I have always found this a interesting subject.
In the real world these hut fees are cheap for what you are getting now (at least in south island huts) I do believe in user pays. But I am the first one to confirm that sometimes I do not pay my fees more out of laziness more than anything and I wish to use these hut in the future and my kids to use them as well so I am making the effort to pay just like everyone else.
I believe that a overseas person should be charge more than a person paying taxes in New Zealand.
  
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Reply #5 - Jul 3rd, 2010 at 3:47pm
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you could stay in one all year and it still only cost you 120 sounds good to me. but i still wont get one lol i just do abit of work experance with them and ill just ask to staay 4 free Tongue
  
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Reply #6 - Jul 4th, 2010 at 1:04pm
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I agree with You Gohsthunt (just got interrupted with this post about a trip to Stewart) Buying a annual hut pass is nominal I do prefer a properly constructed hut to that of a bivie because when the bivie collapses beyond repair no one carts the crap out
  
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Reply #7 - Jul 4th, 2010 at 4:26pm
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Haven't stayed in a DoC hut before and am too lazy to look for the information on their website, but how does one pay hut fees? Via an honesty box in the hut or to a DoC office?
  

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Reply #8 - Jul 4th, 2010 at 4:35pm
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Hi BB. You can pre-buy them from DOC, and leave the tear off half  tab in the hut when you use it, and retain the other half as your record of having paid. At least it used to be like that ?? Smiley
  

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Reply #9 - Jul 4th, 2010 at 5:48pm
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seventenths wrote on Jul 2nd, 2010 at 10:24pm:
I'll start paying for the use of a hut when DOC scrap 1080!!!


Same.i leave hut clean and tidy and replace fire wood.Thats all they get out of me. Wink
  

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blackbunny wrote on Jul 4th, 2010 at 4:26pm:
Haven't stayed in a DoC hut before and am too lazy to look for the information on their website, but how does one pay hut fees? Via an honesty box in the hut or to a DoC office?


You can just buy an annual ticket - it is a wallet sized card. You then write your card number in the hut log book.

This is the cheapest way to do it.

Apart from not paying of course...

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Re: DOC Hut fees to rise
Reply #11 - Jul 4th, 2010 at 5:58pm
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BTMO wrote on Jul 4th, 2010 at 5:54pm:
blackbunny wrote on Jul 4th, 2010 at 4:26pm:
Haven't stayed in a DoC hut before and am too lazy to look for the information on their website, but how does one pay hut fees? Via an honesty box in the hut or to a DoC office?


You can just buy an annual ticket - it is a wallet sized card. You then write your card number in the hut log book.

This is the cheapest way to do it.

Apart from not paying of course...

Roll Eyes


how much is that btmo??
  

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Reply #12 - Jul 4th, 2010 at 6:02pm
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Last year it was $60 for the year, if you flash your NZDA membership card. You get them over the counter at DOC offices.
  

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BTMO wrote on Jul 4th, 2010 at 6:02pm:
Last year it was $60 for the year, if you flash your NZDA membership card. You get them over the counter at DOC offices.


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Reply #14 - Jul 4th, 2010 at 8:14pm
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ghosthunt wrote on Jul 3rd, 2010 at 2:14pm:
I have always found this a interesting subject.
In the real world these hut fees are cheap for what you are getting now (at least in south island huts) I do believe in user pays. But I am the first one to confirm that sometimes I do not pay my fees more out of laziness more than anything and I wish to use these hut in the future and my kids to use them as well so I am making the effort to pay just like everyone else.
I believe that a overseas person should be charge more than a person paying taxes in New Zealand.

not just charged more but charged lots more and for more things like bush walks , and no more tourists buying a $500 van and camping in parks and shiting everywhere and and did I mention pay and pay some more
  
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