Kia Ora Hut - Overland Track

- bushwalkers overnight hut
- Overland Track, Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park, Wilderness World Heritage Area
- completed 2022
- super insulated, triple glazed windows, suitable for climate zone 8
- low embodied energy materials
- BAL 29/40
- prefabricated structural insulated panels (timber) for floor, walls and roof
- panels placed by helicopter into final position

- construction by AJR Construct (
- photography by Chris Crerar


>We noted the thoughtful detailing of the rugged plywood furniture - dining tables and benches, bunks and their ladders, and the adequate alternative cooking space on wall-side benches. The light fittings were beautiful!
We also loved the extensive outdoor covered areas and verandahs at Kia Ora, so great for winding back with new friends after a long day on the trail and enjoying the views, even on a rainy day. We could scarcely fault these huts and were grateful to use them.<

Virginia Waller & Andrew Vilder, bushwalkers and architects

>What a wonderful experience spending 6 days in the wilderness. The experience was made even better with the new huts for hikers. They were spacious, comfortable, warm inside and created a beautiful place for all the hikers to interact. They were super high performing, ultra modern looking units that also fit in to the landscape very well. Thank you guys. You have done an amazing job on these huts.<

Lulu Zhang, bushwalker & building professional

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