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Tararua Tramping Club

Te rōpū hikoi o te pae maunga o Tararua   -   Celebrating 100 years of tramping

TTC Kime Hut

Old Kime Hut, (20 bunks), was built in 1978, to replace the Kime Memorial Hut, built 1930 by Joe Gibbs? for the TTC as a memorial to Esmond James Kime. It was a club-owned public hut in the Tararua Forest Park, and provided shelter and a ski hut, on the tops of the Southern Crossing, below Field Peak.

The front of Kime Hut, August 2003
The front of Kime Hut, August 2003


It could sleep 20-30 comfortably, but forty adult sized bodies (at a squeeze). When inside the hut, one looked for the hidden loft, great fun trying to climb up there! (ahem...dodgy...)

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Kime Hut near Mt Hector



Work began on a replacement for Old Kime Hut, on a site just to the south. In 2014 Kime III(approve sites) was completed and signed off, after the hut failed a council "code compliance" because the window flashings did not follow the specifications. Having no stove, it is still somewhat cold and damp. Nevertheless it's layout, window configuration, insulation, and greater size make it a great improvement over Old Kime Hut.

Kime III, April 2014
Kime III, April 2014


Esmond James Kime is buried at Karori Cemetery. See Papers Past:


Kime Hut
Kime Hut

Kime Hut

Kime Hut is a Standard hut, located at -40.942889, 175.271659. It has 20 bunks with mattresses, toilets - non-flush, water from tap - not treated, boil before use, and water supply. Bookings are not required, usage is first come, first served.
Kime Hut alert

Ōtaki Gorge Road closed to vehicles and pedestrians

Ōtaki Gorge Road is closed to vehicles and pedestrians due to a major slip. Camping is available at Boielles Campsite but for foot access only.

There is an emergency track that you can walk to gain access to Ōtaki Forks. It is 5 km long and can be accessed 200 m past the locked gate on the Ōtaki Gorge Road.

This is a long term alert.

First published on 20 December 2022. Last reviewed on 25 January 2024.


Kime Hut

Page last modified on 2022 Feb 01 07:39

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