Wairarapa alerts

Updated: 30 October 2014

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.

Adventure race in the Rimutaka and Aorangi Forest Parks

The Aorangi Undulator will be a three day adventure run race held on 7, 8 and 9 November 2014. Each day has a start time of 7 am.
Day one: Begins at Muritai roadend in Eastbourne and continues along the coastline. The route turns up the Orongorongo valley and then travels over the Mt Matthews track, South Saddle and down the Mukamuka valley. Ends at Corner Creek campsite. Expected duration is 5-10 hours.
Day two: Begins at the Mangatoetoe valley carpark and continues along the Aorangi Crossing track via Mangatoetoe, Kawakawa, Pararaki and Washpool huts. The race finishes at the Putangirua Pinnacles campsite. Expected duration is 5-12 hours.
Day three: Begins at the Putangirua Pinnacles campsite and continues along the 4WD track via Sutherlands hut. The race finishes at Waikuku Lodge. Expected duration is 4-6 hours.

The start and finish areas and race routes will be busy with activity and will include multiple support staff, vehicles and other gear.
Issued: 30 October 2014

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

Relocation of DOC Kaitoke carpark

Kaitoke carpark has been relocated. The new car park is clearly marked on the left hand side of Kiwi Ranch Road, located near the end of Marchant Rd. It connects to the Puffer Saddle track, Smiths Creek and Marchant Ridge and will increase vehicle security and improve the visitor experience at this important access point.
Issued: 18 July 2014.

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. Please note: this closure may become a complete closure when road repair work begins.
Reviewed: 30 October 2014.

Atiwhakatu Track

A section of re-routed track is subsiding. Proceed with caution when walking along this slip section.
Reviewed: 30 October 2014. 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: 30 October 2014. 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: 30 October 2014. Valid until further notice 


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