Otago 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.

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

Central Otago

There is an active slip over the Mt Kyeburn 4WD track within the Timber Creek Conservation Area. Vehicle access accross this section is difficult - extreme caution required when crossing. Do not attempt to cross if conditions do not allow for a safe vehicle passage.

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:

Kā Moana Haehae / Alexandra Office
Phone:      +64 3 440 2040
Email:   alexandra@doc.govt.nz
Full office details
  

Coastal Otago

Te Papanui Conservation Park

There is no access from Waipori Road end or no exit through the Glendhu Forest end due to logging operations.

Be prepared with necessary equipment for wet, muddy conditions through the park, 4WD only. Recently there have been vehicles getting stuck and needed to be towed out.

Titri Creek Track

The 2nd wooden bridge on the Titri Creek Track is closed until further notice (20 August 2014).

Otago Dam Track (Gabriels Gully)

Due to storm damage, the Otago Dam Track is closed until further notice. (10 October 2013)

Chalkies Track

The Chalkies Track is closed due to storm damage. (25 September 2013).

For more information contact:

Ōtepoti / Dunedin Office
Phone:      +64 3 477 0677
Email:   dunedinvc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details
 

Queenstown/Wakatipu Area

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. 

Queenstown Visitor Centre

The Queenstown VC is moving to new premises on 25th November 2014. From that day onwards, please find us on 50 Stanley St, Queenstown 9300. The Visitor Centre will open at 10.30am on the 25th November.

From Wednesday 26th November we will be open 8.30am to 5pm seven days a week.

Routeburn Track, Rees/Dart Track, Greenstone/Caples Track

For more information contact the Queenstown Visitor Centre. 

Wanaka/Makarora Area

Roadside Recreation Reserve (rock climbing area)

Due to a major rock-fall in August 2014, the Roadside Recreation Reserve rock climbing area is closed until further notice.

Timaru River Track

A slip has taken out a section of track approximately 50 metres down from the Timaru River Track/Breast Hill Track junction – traversing this section is not recommended. To reach the Timaru Car Park, route finding and river crossing skills are currently required.

Rabbit control operations autumn 2014

Rabbit control operations using Pinedon poison are scheduled to take place from 28 April 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.

Important rules to observe whenever you see DOC warning signs about the pesticide Pindone:

  • Do not touch pellets
  • Watch Children at all times
  • Do not eat animals from this area or from within a 2 km "buffer zone" outside the operational boundary

Only when the warning signs have been removed is the all clear given and normal activities in the area can occur.

For further information contact Chris Sydney, email: csydney@doc.govt.nz

Tititea / Mount Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 443 7660
Address:   Ardmore Street
Wanaka 9305
Email:   mtaspiringvc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details
 

Aerial 1080 Operations - Mt Aspiring National Park

Aerial 1080 operations are scheduled to take place from 1 November to 15 December in the following areas of Mt Aspiring National Park: East and West Matukituki, Cameron, Young, Blue, Makarora, Siberia and Wilkin Valleys. These operations are part of the Battle for our Birds predator control programme, protecting our native wildlife from rodent and stoat invasion.

More specific information on these pest operations is available on this website and from the Tititea/Mt Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre; +64 3 443 7660


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Contacts

Tititea / Mount Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 443 7660
Address:   Ardmore Street
Wanaka 9305
Email:   mtaspiringvc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details
Whakatipu-wai-Māori / Queenstown Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 442 7935
Address:   Outside Sports Building
36-38 Shotover Street
Queenstown 9300
Email:   queenstownvc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details
Te Rua-o-te-moko / Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 249 7924
Address:   Fiordland National Park
Visitor Centre
Lakefront Drive
Te Anau 9600
Email:   fiordlandvc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details
 
Makarora Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 443 8365
Address:   Haast Pass Highway
State Hwy 6
Email:   makaroravc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details
 
Kā Moana Haehae / Alexandra Office
Phone:      +64 3 440 2040
Email:   alexandra@doc.govt.nz
Full office details
 
Ōtepoti / Dunedin Office
Phone:      +64 3 477 0677
Email:   dunedinvc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details
 
Central Otago Office
Phone:      +64 3 443 7660
Email:   mtaspiringvc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details
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