Elder hut was built in 20xx by the Department of Conservation. The hut sleeping capacity for 4 persons.
The hut replaces the previous “dog box” type 2 person bivouac built in 1964 that was located slightly in the Hutt Water Supply catchment.
Elder hut is managed by the exNZFS volunteer group. The group have an agreement with DOC to manage this hut. The exNZFS is a group of volunteers that were employed by the NZ Forest Service as deer cullers. The aim of the group is to ensure the historical integrity of these iconic reminders of the deer culling era is retained. This group have management agreements with DOC to manage 12 huts in the Tararua, Remutaka and Aorangi forest parks
.Named after Wellington-born school teacher, tramper, pipe-smoker & World War One veteran, Norman Elder (1896-1974). Norman was a member of the Tararua Tramping Club, founding member of the Heretaunga TC, FMC President & a search & rescue volunteer. Norman was a prolific writer, most notably of botanical papers. After retiring as a school teacher in 1954, Norman went on to become a part time teacher in the NZFS. Repainted by exNZFS volunteers in Feb., 2021
exNZFS members gave Elder hut a much needed repaint
Elder hut 2021
NZFS cullers Chris Peterson and ted Smith at the original Elder bivouac. Located 200 metres down the spur in the Hutt Water Supply catchment. (Photo Paul Gush)