Bay of Plenty alerts

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.

Rotorua area

All tracks, structures and campgrounds in the Rotorua area are open. If there are any hazards (windfall, damage etc) please report to the Rotorua Office.

Tauranga area

Northern Kaimai (Karangahake to Wharawhara)

Karangahake Gorge – track closures: The windows walk and underground pump house in the Karangahake Gorge are currently closed to public access. DOC is assessing these underground visitor sites to ensure they align with the changes to workplace health and safety. We are now awaiting engineers inspection from Work Safe NZ to ensure safety at these sites.

On-going vegetation control work will be taking place at Karangahake Gorge and Victoria Battery. Report any vandalism or graffiti that you see. Thank you to the Department of Corrections for their on-going assistance at Karangahake Gorge and Victoria Battery.

Crown Tramway Track – occasional closures. The lower part of the Crown Tramway Track between the Karangahake Historic Walkway and the Underground Pump-house will regularly be closed when heavy rainfall events are forecast. These closures are to ensure public safety which could otherwise be compromised by weather induced slips and rock fall which are regular occurrences on this track.

The Underground Pump-house and Dickey Flat Campsite are still accessible via the Windows Walk when the lower Crown Tramway Track is closed. Check with the Tauranga Office + 64 7 578 7677 for the current status, or the call the DOC hotline 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468) at weekends and public holidays.

Daly’s Hut This hut suffers regular vandalism, keep us informed of hut condition.

Middle Kaimai (Wharawhara to Wairere Falls)

All tracks are open. Check the weather forecast before you go and take care on river crossings.

Southern Kaimai (Wairere Falls to Mamaku)

All tracks are open. Check the weather forecast before you go and take care on river crossings.

Te Tuhi (west) Follow marked track through farmland.

Rapurapu Kauri Track Take care on river crossings.

Orokawa Bay and Homunga Bay Check the high tide times for Orokawa track (especially with onshore swells).

Otanewainuku Forest No dogs – Kiwi Zone.


For further information contact the Tauranga Office.

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Rotorua Office
Phone:      +64 7 349 7400
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Tauranga Office
Phone:      +64 7 578 7677
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