A large rock avalanche has hit a climber's hut on Mount Cook
The avalanche was reported by a pilot yesterday and an aerial
inspection revealed that Gardiner Hut, above the Hooker
Glacier, was hit and moved off its foundations.
The Department of Conservation said there were no records of
visitors to the area and aerial investigations did not
indicate anyone was caught in the incident.
"We have carried out an initial inspection by helicopter,"
services manager Mike Davies said.
Staff we working with GNS Science to assess the stability of
the area, allowing them to perform a closer investigation of
the rock fall and the damage.
"Until that assessment is complete we are asking climbers and
other visitors to keep out of the Noeline Glacier region of
the upper Hooker valley."
Mike Davies says the area is a remote alpine location used
only by experienced alpine climbers.
The Hooker Track is unaffected.