MARLBOROUGH TRAMPING CLUB INC

The Gosling Hut

Early in 1956 some club members thought that a hut in the Gosling Valley would help with climbing and tramping trips in the Bounds Range.

A suitable site was found and permission to build on Te Arowhenua Climatic  Reserve was obtained from the Lands and Survey Dept.  The club granted $50 to the building fund, Internal Affairs granted $50 and further funds came from donations and raffles.   All the timber was pre-cut by Bernie Kennington in his woolshed over the winter and the match lining donated by W J Kennington.

Absolutely everything had to be carried in on the backs of club members.  The chimney was carried in on two manuka poles.

On Labour weekend 1957 a large party of club members tramped in for a grand opening party.  The final cost of the hut was $157.59

The concrete floor was laid in May 1973 and over the years  improvements have been made to this little hut.   Funds from the Outdoor Consortium enabled a working party headed by Kerry Millard to upgrade and improve the Gosling.