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.
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:
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).
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
||PO 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.
Lake Alta Track
The access road to Remarkables Conservation Area is closed from the 12 km mark. See Lake Alta Track for more information.
Routeburn Track, Rees/Dart Track, Greenstone/Caples Track
For more information contact the Queenstown Regional Visitor Centre.
Rabbit control operations autumn 2014
Rabbit control operations using Pinedon poison are scheduled to take place from 28th 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: email@example.com
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