Canterbury 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.

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Arthur's Pass and Craigieburn/Torlesse ranges
North Canterbury
Christchurch and Banks Peninsula
Mid and South Canterbury
Mackenzie Country and Waitaki
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park

Rivers: Check the latest forecast and make good assessments regarding safe crossing before entering the water.

Avalanche risk: For latest avalanche and snow information visit the Avalanche NZ website.

Arthur's Pass National Park and Craigieburn/Torlesse ranges

Updated: 13 April 2014

Reports of damage or changes have been received on the following:

  • Arthur's Pass National Park Visitor Centre: Expect ongoing disruption to displays, facilities and services as earthquake strengthening work is carried out.
  • Harman Pass: Reports of very unstable and dangerous large rocks throughout the Taipoiti gorge. Extreme caution required.
  • Harper Pass and Taramakau valley: There are major slips around the headwaters of the Taramakau River resulting in longer track times. Fallen trees & slips on Otira flood-track. The radio in Locke Stream hut has been permanently removed.The emergency shelter at Taramakau junction has been washed away.
  • Kellys Creek to Hunts Saddle: Track over bluffs (40 mins upstream from SH73) impassable from washouts. River travel extremely difficult due to huge logs and boulders piled up in the gorge.
  • Otehake Valley: The Otehake footbridge has been removed and will not be replaced. Major landslides in the lower valley area (1.7 km downstream of Whaiti Stream) require care to cross. This route is not maintained (overgrown, multiple trees fallen) and should only be attempted by experienced parties.
    • No access by 4WD vehicles due to wash-outs on the access track to the Arthur's Pass National Park boundary.
      Walking, mountain bike and quad bike access only; extreme care required. There is a washout approximately 1 km from the start of the track and users should use the newly rerouted track which avoids a cliff on the old track. The new section requires travel in the bed of the Poulter river and should be attempted only in low flow.
    • Aerial 1080 application undertaken in the Poulter Valley 2 December 2013.  Tracks in the consented area include Lake Minchin, Poulter Valley and the Andrews Stream to Casey Hut. Signs are posted at the start of all relevant tracks. Following the aerial application DOC staff have checked and cleared tracks of all 1080 pellets. There is also a 100m exclusion zone around all relevant huts. This is to control possums to protect the critically endangered orange-fronted parakeet / kākāriki found only in three Canterbury beech-forests valleys. For more information refer to the Eastern South Island pesticide summary.
  • Taipo River: The Taipo River below Seven Mile has cut into the bank and there is a new bench track above the river. Users should take note of track markers. We have also had reports of a slip/10m drop-off on this new track. Extreme care required. Note: No 4WD access; foot access only.
  • Three Passes: Reports of very unstable and dangerous large rocks throughout the Taipoiti gorge. Extreme caution required. The Styx Valley Track is now very rough with numerous slips to be negotiated. Approx 20 min from the Styx car park the river has cut into a vertical cliff. To continue up the valley be prepared to cross the river below and above this cutting. If the river is high, or if parties are not confident with river crossings, use the Arahura Valley track instead.

For more information contact the Arthur's Park National Park Visitor Centre.

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North Canterbury

Updated: 22 April 2014

Korowai Torlesse Tussocklands Park & Lake Coleridge Area

  • Thirteen Mile Bush: Significant windfall from the road end car park to Benmore Hut. Expect some hindrance getting around these. Note: Dogs are not permitted on the easement across Ben More Station. Please respect this!
  • Lake Ida Tramping Track: this track from Lake Selfe (on the Harper Road, near Lake Coleridge) to Lake Ida is not officially open and is not signposted. However, the track can be used and takes about 1 hour from Lake to Lake. As the track is an easement across farm land, strictly no dogs on the track, please.


  • Youngman Stream and Tarn Hut tracks: Reports of extensive windfall.

Sylvia Flat hot springs

  • The hot springs are closed due to an active landslide directly above the pool. 

Mt Grey/ Mauketere Conservation Area

  • Cramptons Bush Road is closed until further notice due to a large slip across the road leading to Lake Janet and Mt Grey camping area and walking tracks

Christchurch and Banks Peninsula

Updated: 28 March 2014

Mid and South Canterbury

Updated: 13 December 2013

  • Trees on tracks: You may encounter wind and snow-damaged trees on these tracks:
    • Mt Alford Track
    • Mt Hutt - Pudding Hill Stream Route
    • Mt Hutt - Scotts Saddle Track
    • Mt Hutt Forest walking tracks
    • Mt Somers easy tramping tracks
    • Mt Somers tramping tracks
    • Mt Somers walking tracks
    • Peel Forest Park routes
    • Peel Forest Park tramping tracks
  • Forest Creek access, Te Kahui Kaupeka Conservation Park: Access up Forest Creek is by walking in the creek bed only. This access is not marked or sign-posted. The public land in Forest Creek is administered by the Commissioner of Crown Lands. DOC is currently working with the Commissioner of Crown Lands to develop this access.
  • Staveley lime kilns: There are two kilns at the Staveley site and the bottom kiln is closed due to the 2010 Canterbury earthquake but the top kiln is open.
  • Veil Bivvy has been removed due to the threat of the eroding river bank. 

Mackenzie Country and Waitaki

Updated: 17 April 2014

Caution required for all tracks: Spring weather last year may have caused damage to many tramping routes/tracks. Expect windfall and/or slips on all tracks.

  • Gamack Conservation Area: Braemar Dome walking easement, near Lake Pukaki, is closed from 1 April to 7 May 2014.
  • Stony Stream Bivvy removed: This small bivvy located within Stony Stream, Dobson valley, in Ruataniwha Conservation Park was removed in 2012. It was damaged beyond repair by rockfall.
  • Oteake Conservation Park 4WD tracks: Mt Buster Track, Johnstones Creek Track, and East and West Manuherikia Track are open to vehicles. The tracks will remain open to vehicles  until 30 April 2014.
  • Motuariki Island: Due to unsafe trees from a recent fire Motuariki Island is now CLOSED for public access until further notice.

Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park

  • De La Beche Hut: This hut has been demolished. There is no longer a hut at this site
  • Hooker Valley: because of major trackwork over the next few months visitors may encounter slight delays.
  • Hooker Hut: because of a crack developing behind the hut it is recommended as an emergency shelter only.
  • Ball Pass: Due to a significant rockfall on the Tasman side of the pass caution is advised when undertaking this route.

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