For your safety, every effort has been made to ensure that this information is correct at the time of writing. 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.
Go to the Mount Aspiring National Park alerts page, or see below for other Otago areas:
Restricted fire season
A restricted fire season is in place on all Otago public conservation land and within a 1km fire safety margin, where this applies, except for Queenstown district fire ban and Dunedin city fire ban.
Lake Roxburgh Walkway open
The Lake Roxburgh Walkway Track is open. Work on the track has commenced and involves intermittent closures while blasting is occurring. Warning signs are at the Graveyard Gully entrance and the 'first gully' entrance and Flat Top Hill informing visitors of intermittent closures.
Oteake Conservation Park 4WD tracks: Mt Buster Track, Johnstones Creek Track, and East Manuherikia Track are now closed to vehicles. The West Manuherikia Track remains open, however there is no access through over the saddle to Broken Hut Road.
The tracks will re-open to vehicles from Labour weekend until 30 April.
The vehicle bridge on Hawkduns Run Road is currently out. The vehicle ford is recommended for experienced 4WD users only.
For access from the Kyeburn Track to Mt Buster Road (Buster Diggings) you need the code for the combination lock available from:
Otago Dam Track (Gabriels Gully)
Due to recent storm damage, the Otago Dam Track is closed until further notice. (10 October 2013)
The Chalkies Track is closed due to storm damage. (25 September 2013).
Silver Peaks Tracks
Bush tracks in the Silver Peaks area have sustained quite a lot of snow damage since the last storm. There is considerable windfall from where the Mountain Road track joins Swampy Ridge track, to the top. Expect travel times to take longer. (31 July 2013)
Government Track (Waipori Forest)
Due to recent storm damage, the Government Track is closed until further notice. (2 August 2013).
Although there are no current alerts or warnings for other tracks in the Coastal Otago area, you are still advised to contact the nearest visitor centre when planning to walk a track.
For more information contact:
||+64 3 477 0677
||+64 3 474 7090
77 Lower Stuart St
||P O Box 5244
Total fire ban in Queenstown district
The lighting of any fire is not permitted at any time within the Queenstown red zone or on any of the islands in the Queenstown lakes.
Routeburn Track, Rees/Dart Track, Greenstone/Caples Track
For more information contact the Queenstown Regional Visitor Centre.
Rabbit control operations postponed until autumn 2014
Rabbit control operations using Pinedon poison scheduled to take place from 1 August 2013, have been postponed until autumn 2014 in the following areas:
Hawea River Conservation Area, Butterfields Wildlife Management Area, Clutha River Conservation Area/Marginal strip, Campbell's Conservation Area, Poison Creek Conservation Area, Locharburn Scientific Reserve, Dry Creek Conservation Area, Dublin Bay Outlet Reserve and Cardrona River Marginal Strip.
For further information contact Paul Hondelink, email: email@example.com
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