Wairarapa alerts

Updated: 27 January 2015

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.

Bookings for Powell and Atiwhakatu Huts

Bookings are available for Powell and Atiwhakatu Huts during the period from 18 November 2014 to 30 April 2015. Bookings can be made via the online booking system. Before you book, read the booking terms and conditions.

This booking system has been put in place to give visitors assurance of a bed and to manage overcrowding at these popular huts. For more information, including what you can expect as a 'booked' and 'non-booked' hut user, see Booking huts on the Mt Holdsworth - Jumbo Circuit.

Please note: Jumbo Hut is available on a first come, first served basis. To pay for your stay, purchase hut tickets or a Backcountry Hut Pass before your trip.

For questions, contact the Masterton office at masterton@doc.govt.nz.
Issued: 17 November 2014
Reviewed: 27 January 2015

Mt Dick road closure

The entire road will be temporarily closed from 21 November 2014. The closure will be in place for approximately 6 to 10 weeks and is for the purpose of logging operations. Closure applies to vehicular traffic only. Walkers and bikers can continue to use the track.
Issued: 17 November 2014. Closure periods subject to change.
Updated: 27 January 2015

Aorangi Forest Park pest control operation

There is a current Possum and Rat Pest Control Operation occurring in and around the Aorangi Forest Park. The toxin used is Sodium Fluroacetate (1080) which is highly toxic to dogs. Visitors should observe and follow instructions on warning signs in the area. Please refer to the DOC website Pesticide Summary (operation number LN125) for further information.
Issued: 26 August 2014.
Reviewed 27 January 2015

Waiohine Gorge Road closed

The road is closed and impassable for all traffic other than for foot traffic. There is a major slip and washout approximately 800 metres before the road end. There is good parking available around 200 metres back from the washout. At this parking area there is a road closed sign and a large boulder blocking vehicle access.

This closure may be in place for a lengthy period of time. Please take care when crossing the washout on foot. Note: this closure may become a complete closure when road repair work begins.
Reviewed: 27 January 2015.

Atiwhakatu Track

A section of re-routed track is subsiding. Proceed with caution when walking along this slip section.
Reviewed: 27 January 2015. Valid until further notice

Slips from Tutuwai Hut to Kaitoke Roadend

Slips and washouts along this section of the track may add up to 2 hours to the original completion time. They have caused the terrain in some areas to become steep, narrow and slippery and can be difficult to negotiate. Caution is required when crossing. The river bed can be used as an alternative to the worn out, steep and loose re-route 10 minutes upriver from the Tauherenikau bridge true left bank, however, river levels must be checked first. 
Reviewed: 27 January 2015. Valid until further notice

Tutuwai Hut track

The new section of track from the riverbed to Tutuwai Hut has been washed out. Please use the old tracks as an alternative route option.
Reviewed: 27 January 2015. Valid until further notice 

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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies


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Email:   masterton@doc.govt.nz
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