In order to move this project forward it has become clear to me that a clever low cost solution will be required. It also occurred to me that a 'new' project such as this will always complete with the maintenance and operation requirements of all the existing alpine huts in the mountain regions of New Zealand. Some of these existing huts are becoming old and run down and questions are being asked about their continued existence into the future.
Combining these two thoughts, along with the way DoC have reduced costs by standardising designs for tramping huts, gave me the concept of a standard small low cost alpine hut. This type of design could be used to replace existing huts and be used for a new hut in the Beetham Valley. For more information on this idea please visit my blog on the subject here:
New Zealand Alpine Huts (alpinehuts.blogspot.com)