Wairarapa alerts

Updated: 18 July 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.

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: 14 July 2014.

Project Kākā pest control operation

An aerial drop of bait pellets containing the toxin sodium fluoroacetate (1080) will be carried out by helicopter over 22,224 ha of the Tararua Forest Park during December 2013. Warning signs will be placed at all main access points to the operational area and in huts within or on the boundary of the area.

Visitors entering this area are required to observe the cautions and follow the advice provided on these signs. The signs will be removed when they are no longer required.See Project Kaka.
Reviewed: 14 July 2014. Valid until further notice.

Atiwhakatu Track/ Powell - Jumbo Circuit

A new bridge has been constructed on the track from Donnelly Flat to Atiwhakatu Hut but is yet to be completed. Planned completion is in mid 2014. The track remains open via a stream crossing but walkers are advised to proceed with caution as this track may become impassable if streams and rivers become swollen.
Reviewed: 14 July 2014. Valid until further notice

Atiwhakatu Track

A section of re-routed track is subsiding. Proceed with caution when walking along this slip section.
Reviewed: 14 July 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: 14 July 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: 14 July 2014. Valid until further notice 


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