Auckland alerts

Updated 18 August 2014

For your safety, every effort has been made to ensure that this information is correct. However you should contact the local DOC visitor centre for the latest updates.

Many of the tracks in the Auckland Area are on pest-free islands in the Hauraki Gulf. Play your part in looking after these native wildlife sanctuaries by checking for stowaway pests.
View biosecurity information on the Treasure islands website

Also note that a disease is killing kauri in Auckland and Northland. Help save kauri by cleaning footwear and any equipment in contact with soil before and after leaving kauri forest areas. Also keep to the defined tracks and stay away from kauri tree roots.
Read more about kauri dieback

The following alerts are currently in place:

Central and South Auckland

Goldie Bush Walkway, Mokoroa Falls Track and Mokoroa Stream Track

A substantial rock fall occurred at Mokoroa Falls on 2 March 2014. There are unstable rocks and a danger of further rock falls. Stay well clear of the area below the Mokoroa Falls.

Okura Bush Walkway

Storms in 2013 caused damage to the southern section of the Okura Bush Walkway. Two large slips have occurred between the sand spit and the staircase. Vegetation has been cleared and the track is passable, but the track width has been reduced to 30 cm. Caution is required on this section of the track.

Mataitai Forest (Ness Valley) walks

To prevent kauri dieback disease from spreading to the oldest and largest kauri forest in the Auckland region DOC has closed the tracks in the Mataitai Conservation Area.

Mt William Walkway

Hunting is no longer permitted in this reserve.

Vining Walkway

Hunting is no longer permitted in this reserve.

Auckland Council has closed tracks linking to the Vining Walkway to protect kauri. Mangatangi Trig Track from the east of the trig to Workman Road is closed. Mangatangi Trig Track to the west of the trig remains open, as does the Pukapuka Track to the north of the trig. For more information see the Auckland Council website.

North Auckland

Lake Ototoa/Rototoa

The toilet at Lake Ototoa/Rototoa has recently been burnt down and is not currently available for use.

Great Barrier Island closures

Alert updated 6 August 2014:

The severe weather in June closed many DOC tracks, some campsites and the Kaiaraara Hut on Great Barrier Island. These are being assessed and updates will be made as they come in.

There are still many great visitor experiences open in the south of the island. Most Auckland Council parks and tracks are open.

DOC facilities that are open:

  • Awana Beach campsite, Harataonga campsite, Medland Beach campsite, and Whangapoua campsite
  • Kaitoke Hot Springs Track
  • Tramline from Kaitoke Hot Springs Track to the Peach Tree to Mt Heale Hut
  • Mt Heale Hut
  • Whangaparapara to Forest Road via the Tramline Track, including Kauri Falls (note that the Forest Road is closed)
  • Windy Canyon Track and Palmers Track to the Hirakimata summit – this is a one way route only
  • Haratonga Coastal Walkway and Loop Track

Forest Road

Construction is taking place from 31 March to approximately 9 May 2014 on the Coffins Creek, Kiwiriki Stream and Wairahi Stream crossings on Forest Road. Forest Road will remain open but vehicle traffic will increase during this time. Follow all signs and instructions from contractors.

Be aware that service vehicles use this road periodically. Except for DOC and emergency vehicles, all motorised vehicles are prohibited from using this road.

Whangaparapara Tramline Track

Extreme caution needs to be taken descending the north section from Aotea Road to Awana Stream. This section is very steep as it decends down to the Awaana stream. The track is clay-based and slippery when wet.

Hauraki Gulf islands

Kawau Island Historic Reserve

DOC is carrying out pest control in the Kawau Island Historic Reserve on 19–22 August and 1–5 September.

Open: The Mansion House Valley (the Mansion House Gardens and immediate lawn area) will remain open during daylight hours.

Closed: The remainder of the Historic Reserve, all entry points to it, and all tracks on the island will be closed during this period.

For enquires contact the ranger at Mansion House on +64 9 422 8882 or +64 21 289 9500.

Motuihe Island

Following recent storm events Motuihe Wharf has been damaged. The southern (Wharf Bay) side of the wharf has been closed. Please take care when disembarking your vessel. Future storm events may close Motuihe Wharf to all public landings at short notice.


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Phone:      +64 9 379 6476
Address:   137 Quay Street
Princes Wharf
Downtown
Auckland 1010
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