NEW SHELTER FOR ICONIC TRACK
The new shelter offers a place to pause for all trail users. It also serves an important safety function, providing a dry spot in the event something goes wrong for a trail user.
The simple lines echo the look of over a dozen other Motu Trails shelters, around the Dunes Trail, Motu Road, Pakihi Track, and Rere Falls Trail.
It has been named the Kathy Sheldrake Shelter, to recognise the ten years of volunteer effort Kathy put into Motu Trails.
The new shelter location is more than six kilometres from the nearest road, surrounded by steep and densely forested hills, so the project presented challenges. But the work all went smoothly with ideal weather conditions for the three days.
Builder Sepp Stadler prefabricated the shelter in the workshop, so on-site work involved no cutting of timber, and the finish is top quality. Materials and tools were skilfully lowered to the site by Steve Woods of Motu Helicopters.
A generous donation to Motu Trails Trust some time ago by Garth Barfoot made the new Kathy Sheldrake Shelter possible. We also had support from Nga Haerenga, New Zealand Cycle Trails.
Garth's donation has previously enabled us to build three other shelters, amongst several other projects.
Thank you Garth, Steve, Sepp and all others involved, it is great to see the shelter up for trail users to enjoy!