Auckland alerts

Updated 16 April 2014

For your safety, every effort has been made to ensure this information is correct at the time of publishing (see below for dates).

Please be warned that weather conditions can have serious impacts on tracks. Plan your trip taking into account possible weather changes. To report any safety hazards in the outdoors, call 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468).

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. Please 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

Whangapoua campsite

Work will commence on 6 January 2014 to resurface the Okiwi airstrip, which is adjacent to the Whangapoua campsite. There will be an increase in truck movements on Aotea Road, which could result in some dust drift to the campsite. However, this will be monitored.

Forest Road

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

Home Bay campground, Motutapu Island

Campground closed to large groups

Due to a lack of rain the Home Bay campground is very low on drinking water. We are unable to take campground bookings for groups larger than 10 people until further notice.

Motuihe Island

Motuihe Wharf damaged

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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