Photographer's Note

For Ron and Matt.

This photo was taken from the Sunrise Hut at sunset.

Here in NZ a trampers hut is a trekkers lodge in the wilderness. We have them through our national parks and forest parks and in other wilderness areas also. They range from very basic shelter made from whatever is at hand to very flash buildings bought in by helicopter in pieces.

The Sunrise Hut is a flash one with gas cooking and heating and twenty bunks and as tramping (wilderness trekking) is gaining in popularity again the hut was full the night we walked in. There were people sleeping on the floor and there was a tent erected outside on the only flat ground around (the helicopter pad!).

The popularity of the Sunrise is not surprising given the location and views, on a clear day the Pacific Ocean can be seen in the distance over the eastern plains. At an altitude of approx 1350 m ASL the hut just above the bushline and above the hut the vegetation is mostly tussock grass and stunted bushes. And of course the sunrise is spectacular from here also ;-).

This photo is looking east. One looking west and a pic of the hut in WS.

Enjoy, Paul.

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