The Chapel

Coordinates: -44.764695, 167.995350

The Chapel, helicopter landing pad and workshops are at the site of the old Homer camp, 100 km from Te Anau and 500m from the tunnel.

This was the main camp during construction of the Homer Tunnel. Conditions were very difficult in Winter, in the beginning huts had wooden floors and low walls with canvas sides and tops. Three men were lost to avalanches in 1936 and 1937, they are remembered with plaques at the tunnel entrance. There were up to 20 families living here with a school for their children. An Indian fruit and vegetable merchant made the journey up the difficult road from Te Anau with fresh food and illicit alcohol. There were parties on Sundays and holidays.

There is an emergency defibrillator at the Chapel.

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The Chapel