Three huts on the Whanganui Journey Nice Stroll have been closed and are being fumigated after reviews of mattress bugs.
Division of Conservation director of heritage and guests Steve Taylor mentioned the division was taking a precautionary method after a single report of a mattress bug assault.
Taylor mentioned mattress bugs had not been beforehand reported in huts alongside the Whanganui River, however the report had come from a reputable supply.
“Consequently, we’re treating this as an pressing matter and have responded instantly.”
Taylor mentioned the Whakahoro and Tīeke Huts would shut quickly whereas the John Coull Hut would keep closed over winter.
The variety of individuals affected can be restricted as a result of the Nice Stroll season for the kayak journey ends in a single week.
DOC had contacted individuals with bookings and tour information corporations had additionally been suggested them of the closures and remedy plans.
Taylor mentioned many individuals had indicated they might nonetheless proceed with their plans however would possibly select to camp reasonably than use the huts.
Those that selected to go forward with their plans would obtain a refund, he mentioned.
Taylor mentioned mattress bugs weren’t a standard concern throughout the DOC hut community however infestations did seem every now and then.
He mentioned DOC’s method was to work swiftly to get on prime of any minor infestations earlier than they turned an even bigger concern.
“Clearly, we would like individuals to take pleasure in their experiences within the nice open air, and a part of doing that comes from realizing the services and companies the division supplies may be relied upon.
“Guests to those incredible DOC services can do their half by rigorously cleansing their climbing gear between places and by reporting any bedbug sightings or assaults promptly so we are able to take care of them as quickly as potential.”