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For your safety, every effort has been made to ensure this information is correct. Please be warned that weather conditions can have a serious impact on tracks and roads. Always check with the DOC office nearest to your point of departure before starting up a track.
To report any safety hazards in the outdoors please call 0800 DOCHOT (0800 632 468)
Gisborne tracks, walks and campsites
Updated 30 October 2013
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Whinray Scenic Reserve Track
There is a large windfall 10-15 minutes from the top end of the track covering approx 30m. Visitors will need to walk around the windfall and this involves crossing a small stream. Take extreme care here and do not walk over top of the windfall.
Te Waiti Hut to Stag Flat
There are three slips on this track. One large slip makes the track impassable but diversions can be taken by dropping down into the river.
Te Urewera National Park
Updated 16 August 2013
Road closed between Waikaremoana and Wairoa
SH38 between the Ruapapa and Ohuka Road turn-offs will be closed until at least 24 August while a bailey bridge is being installed to replaced the damaged Matapua Bridge.
A well sign-posted detour route is available through Ruapapa, Otoi, Waireka and Waihi Road. There is a slightly longer alternative route available, through Tiniroto, Ruakituri, Erepiti and Ohuka Road.
The detours add about an hour to the journey, and are on unsealed roads. There are already instances where people have found themselves short of petrol due to this detour, so do check that you have adequate fuel if travelling these roads. The nearest fuel supplies are in Wairoa and at the Waikaremoana Holiday Park.
Waikareiti Islands closed to public ; ATVs on the Waikareiti track.
Due to a pest control operation on the Waikareiti Islands, all of the islands will be closed to the public during the months of August and September, including Rahui Island, the only island usually accessible to the public.
From 30 July staff involved in the operation will be using All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) on the Waikareiti track, sometimes quite heavily. Trampers, please be alert, keep safe, and stand to the side of the track to let the vehicles pass.
Te Urewera National Park Visitor Centre closing weekends
The Visitor Centre at Aniwaniwa now closes on weekends.
The opening hours are 8:00 am to 4:15 pm Monday to Friday.
The Waikaremoana Holiday Park provides limited DOC visitor services on weekends.
Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm 7 days a week until 30 August.
Lake Waikaremoana: Site closures for lagarosiphon eradication
Lagarosiphon weed has been found in several places on Lake Waikaremoana. Divers are currently working at eradicating the infestations. Please do not enter these restricted areas .For the latest maps call into the Aniwaniwa Visitor Centre or see the signs at all the Lake Waikaremoana boat ramps.
View larger Lake Waikaremoana lagarosiphon infestation map (JPG, 1480K)
Lagarosiphon can be spread by a piece as small as 2 cm long, so please, check your boat/kayak/canoe and fishing gear before bringing it to Waikaremoana. The most likely places for concealed weeds are on anchor chains, warps and wells, bilges (and any other cavity that holds moisture).
If you do see lagarosiphon weed, we would really love to know about it. Please do not pull it out, but please contact us at the Aniwaniwa Visitor Centre.
Northern Te Urewera
Six Foot Track via Te Motiwha saddle – Makomako
There is a large slip on this section of the six foot track, so please be very cautious. If necessary there is an alternative route via the Paiwairoto track from Te Panaa Hut to Taurawharona. From Taurawharona hut carry on till you get to the Paetawa Track Junction – turn left onto the Paetawa Track which will lead you back on to the Six foot track.
Waikirikiri - Ohora (Whakatane River Track)
This section of the track has recently had work completed on it by local contractors. The track is well marked and maintained up to Ohora Hut. Watch out for the small rock wall up to 1 metre high, which can be tricky in wet weather conditions. Please be very cautious when crossing and make sure you are wearing appropriate footwear.
If you are using the Whakatane River Track via Waikirikiri through to Hanamihi, you will at times be crossing private land owned by local iwi. Please be considerate when passing through and stay to the markers. The landowners have given permission for members of the public to access through their land but would like people to stick to the markers. Thank you for your understanding.
Southern Te Urewera
The Overland track from Whites Clearing to the old Parahaki site is overgrown. Times posted on signs are more than doubled so please take this on board when preparing to tramp this track. The river track is open and accessible.
Tracks which sustained substantial snow damage in August 2006 are still only suitable for very experienced trampers:
- Link track from Waiau Valley to Lake Waikaremoana
- Track between the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk and Whakatakaa Hut
- Track between State Highway 38 and Whakatakaa Hut
These tracks should only be attempted by experienced trampers. Although the snow on tracks and walkways has long-since melted the effect on vegetation can still pose dangers to visitors. Tramping times are much longer than usual.
Whirinaki Forest Park
Waipunga Road access to Whirinaki Te Pua a Tane and Waipunga Forest Parks closed
The southern access off State Highway 5 to Whirinaki Te Pua a Tane and Waipunga Forest Parks is temporarily closed. The bridge to the southern end of Waipunga/Pohukura roads has failed the initial engineer's inspection. The Department of Conservation is working to rectify this issue as soon as possible but please consider this road as being closed until further notice. When access is resumed it will be advertised via this website.
Access to the parks is still available from the northern end via Murupara/Minginui.
Pine Milling Road and South Road
There will be tree felling along Pine Milling Road and sections of South Road until further notice.
Pukahunui Road end, Plateau Road end, Matakuhia Saddle Access and Opureke Access
2wd vehicles can access these roads via Waipunga or Boundary roads however due to ongoing logging operations in the area some signs may not be clearly visible from the road. It is suggested that you use topographical maps. Please see Waipunga Road alert above
All vehicles travelling to Plateau Road end or Puketiunui Road ends need to take extreme care as logging trucks will be using sections of these roads
There is limited cell phone coverage from Matakahia Saddle and Plateau Road end only (Telecom network)
Upper Te Hoe Hut to Central Te Hoe Hut via River Route
After several extreme rain events in early 2011 the route through the Te Hoe River gorge is now unsafe and impassable. This route through the gorge section known as "The Cut" will not be re-established. Please use the ridge track.
Central Whirinaki Hut to Upper Whirinaki Hut via Caves Route:
This track is not maintained and is a marked route. You need a high level of experience for this track. The route via the river will not be re-established. Please use the Taumutu Stream track.
River Road end to Mangamate Hut and Mangamate Hut to Upper Whirinaki Hut
This track is also open. The track to Mangamate hut follows and Mangamate stream alignment to the old hut site clearing, from there the track crosses the clearing a climbs by way of a benched track to the hut. The track continues from the hut across the saddle and down a stream and further along to the Taumutu stream and Whirinaki River track. The track is open however there may be instances where track markers are not clearly visible and or windfall. The track is Tramping Track classification and requires people to have a good level of fitness and backcountry awareness.
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