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A new shelter for visitors to the Hartz Mountains National Park will enhance the experience for visitors, allowing them to enjoy the beauty of the area while remaining sheltered from the weather.

Minister for Tourism, Arts and the Environment, Paula Wriedt, said the new shelter would be a great improvement for visitors to this stunning national park.

"Hartz Mountains is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and it provides a window into the southwest wilderness," Ms Wriedt said.

"The Hartz Mountains is one of the most accessible wilderness World Heritage Areas in Australia, being only 84 kilometres southwest of Hobart.

"It is one of the key tourist attractions in the Huon region, along with Hastings Caves, Cockle Creek and the Tahune Airwalk."

Ms Wriedt said the shelter provides a sense of arrival to the Hartz Mountains National Park.

"It provides shelter from the weather, so that even during inclement conditions, visitors will be able to enjoy the magnificence of the area in relative comfort," she said.

"It will enhance the opportunities for school groups and less able visitors, as the shelter and new toilet facilities are both accessible to wheelchairs.

"Not everyone has the ability to venture very far into the challenging terrain and conditions, so developments such as this are particularly important."

The shelter includes walker registration and information sections, an area for picnics and provides a great view of the mountain ranges.

It complements a series of recent improvements at Hartz, including walking track upgrades and viewing platform installations.

The $270,000 shelter was funded by the Tasmanian Government's Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

New shelter for Hartz Mountains

The new public shelter at the Hartz Mountains.