'We heard a big bang then saw a tree smash through the hut wall'

Publish Date
Tue, 4 Feb 2020, 5:15PM
The aftermath of a landslide at Howden Hut on the Routeburn Track in Fiordland National Park. Photo / Grace Houpapa

'We heard a big bang then saw a tree smash through the hut wall'

Publish Date
Tue, 4 Feb 2020, 5:15PM

More than 30 people were helicoptered to safety this morning - after caught in bad weather tramping in Fiordland.

A state of emergency has been declared in the region Fiordland after heavy rain caused landslides and flooding

Grace Houpapa Barrett was one of those trapped at Lake Howden Hut along with a group of her friends – she spoke to Simon and Phil about the landslide that smashed through the hut in the middle of the night. 

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