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For your safety, every effort has been made to ensure this information is correct. However, you should contact the local DOC visitor centre for the latest updates.
Changes to weather will affect conditions in the backcountry. Always check the latest MetService weather report before you venture out and be prepared to change your plans if conditions are unfavourable.
Your safety is your responsibility. Make sure you plan, prepare and equip yourself for any trip into the backcountry. To report any safety hazards or conservation emergencies call 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468). For fire and search and rescue call 111.
Note: This notice only reports on changes that differ to what is stated in brochures and on the website. Other tracks, facilities and services in Nelson Tasman region are operating as normal.
Abel Tasman Coast Track
- The road to Totaranui is OPEN.
- Gibbs Hill Track is open for mountain biking until 30 September 2013.
- Torrent Bay - water taxi and charter vessel use: Please note that water taxis and day charter vessels are no longer able to pick up passengers or their gear from Torrent Bay. There is a limited drop off service operating in the morning between 9.00am and 12.00. The nearest pick up points to Torrent Bay are Anchorage (30 minutes -low tide or 1 hour 30mins - high tide) and Bark Bay (2 hours).
- Water taxis can still visit Torrent Bay outside of these hours to service landowners and their guests at Torrent Bay Township.
- Onetahuti - The bridge and Boardwalk at Onetahuti was opened on the 17th November 2013. providing an all tide crossing.
For more inormation contact the Nelson Regional Visitor Centre
- Track Upgrade: 180,000kg of track gravel is being spread on the track between Saxon and James Mackay Huts and James Mackay and Lewis Huts. Site open but machinering and helicopter are being used so expect noise while operation underway. Work expected to commence Monday 9th December until Friday 13th December
- The third year of the mountain bike trial on the Heaphy Track has now finished.
- Between Kohaihai and Heaphy Hut: Sections of the coastal track are subject to large wave surges during high tides and rough seas and may cause the track to be temporarily impassable - there is no alternative track available. The sections affected are clearly signposted. Track users must make their own safety assessment and be prepared to wait for up to 2 hours until the tide retreats. When planning your trip, ensure you check tide charts and allow adequate time in case of delays.
- Bookings phone: +64 3 546 8210.
For more information contact the Nelson Regional Visitor Centre.
- A number of strong wind events have caused areas of windfall on tracks in the Nelson Lakes National Park area. Those particularly affected include the Travers, Cascade, Hopeless and Cupola Valley tracks although others may also be affected. Trampers should be aware that walking times will be longer due to fallen trees and in places the track may not be obvious.
- Changing weather conditions in the park can cause frost, snow and freezing temperatures overnight. Be prepared: have adequate gear and check the weather before you go.
- Sabine-D'Urville Track - a bridge (grid reference: E1571366, N5359831) has suffered flood damage. Trampers will have to cross a stream which is approximately 1 m deep at normal flow. After rain the stream may not be safe to cross.
- Angelus Hut and Campsite - bookings are essential from 25th November 2013 to 30th April 2014. For information about how to make a booking, see fees and bookings.
For more information contact the Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre.
Kahurangi National Park
- Lower Wangapeka Track: Extreme caution required. Trampers need to exercise extreme caution when crossing a large slip on the lower Wangapeka Track. The slip is located approximately 1.5 hours walk from Rolling Junction road end. In October 2012 this massive slip created a 15 metre high natural dam and a new lake approximately 1 kilometre long and up to a depth of 20 metres. When crossing the slip trampers should move quickly, following the marked route and if possible use a spotter to watch for falling rocks. In heavy rainfall, trampers downstream of the dam should move to at least 20m above the Wangapeka river bed level if they see the water suddenly become discoloured.
- Wangapeka Track - western end: Two large slips. The track has been benched and safety chain installed over the slip between Belltown Hut and Gilmour Clearing and remarked over the slip between Belltown Hut and the Wangapeka Bivvy. Care is required when traversing both slip areas especially after heavy rain.
- Possum control: Wakamarama and Burnett Ranges. The Animal Health Board and DOC will be carrying out a 1080 aerial possum control operation in this area in June. Two walking tracks are located in the area, the Kaituna Track and Mt Stevens Track. Both will be closed after the baits have been dropped until an inspection by DOC staff is completed and any bait on the track is removed. Warning signs will be erected. Please observe all rules whenever you see warning signs about the pesticide.
- Parapara Peak Route: There are many windfalls on the route that make it slow going in places..
- Kahurangi mountain biking: Mountain bikers have year-round approval to ride Kill Devil Track to Waingaro Forks Hut and return, and the track from Flora Saddle (Graham Valley) to Barren Flat in Upper Takaka. Both are being trialled for 3 years. See the Heaphy Track above for information on seasonal riding of that track.
For more information contact the Nelson Regional Visitor Centre
Other tracks and useful information
Mt Richmond Forest Park
- Mt Duppa Road: This road has been reduced to 4WD and is very narrow in places.
- Boulder Stream Hut (grid reference : Topo 50 map sheet BR25, E1611206, N5386812) has been removed from its site at Manuka Island, Mt Richmond Forest Park.
- Wakamarina Track - access via Kiwi Road (Northbank) is closed. Access in the Northbank is via Bartletts Road.
- Maungatapu Road is closed. For more information contact Nelson City Council, phone +64 3 546 0200.
- Right Branch Wairoa Hut has been removed and the tramping track in that valley is no longer maintained.
- Mt Richmond Forest Park access roads - in Blenheim, this information is displayed on Northbank Road just off SH6. Check if the access roads to Mt Richmond Forest Park are open on this page or at the DOC Regional Visitor Centre in Nelson +64 3 546 9339.
- Access to Saddle Hill, Zig Zag and Pukatea tracks in Mt Richmond Forest Park off Central Rd in Hira Forest are closed due to forestry operations.
- The bridge over Hacket Stream to Whispering Falls has been destroyed and this track is now closed.
- Mt Richmond - Motueka Gorge: Numerous windfalls along this route have made it difficult to traverse. Trampers should be prepared to spend up to 12 hours between Blue Glen Road and Hunters Hut.
Wairau Hanmer Hydro Road (Rainbow Road)
- The Rainbow Road between Hanmer Springs and St Arnaud - The gate on the road is now locked. For access visitors should contact the farm manager 03 521 1838. For more information on the road please visit the Lone Star Farms Ltd website.
Te Waikoropupū Springs
- The viewing platform and immediate surrounding area at Te Waikoropupū Springs is closed to the public for the construction of a new platform. It should be completed by 13 December 2013. The other facilities on site and the Dancing Sands Springs viewing area will remain open.
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