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Two Kaikoura DOC huts wiped out

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 19/11/2016

Two huts belonging to the Department of Conservation (DOC) near Kaikoura have been wiped out in the earthquake.

At least two huts were destroyed by earthquake-related slips and activity and a number of other sites have suffered serious damage.

"Both Barratts Hut and Barratts Bivvy were swept away in a large slip and both are buried," said DOC national operations director Martin Kessick.

Both huts were in remote areas and had low use.

DOC staff have started checking other "high priority" sites and structures that may have been affected by the quake and aftershocks.

Visitors are advised to stay away from tracks and huts on public conservation land in the Kaikoura and South Marlborough regions until they have been fully assessed, damage repaired and cleared for use.

More than 170 DOC high priority tracks and structures have been visually inspected already.

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