Pest control operation DOC carried out an aerial 1080 operation in Kahurangi National Park on 14–15 October 2014 to control rats, possums and other predators as part of its Battle for our Birds programme.
The area included the eastern section of the Heaphy Track between Brown Hut to a point just west of James Mackay Hut.
The Heaphy Track was temporarily closed during the 1080 bait application until the track was inspected by DOC staff and as many baits and carcasses removed as possible. Further track inspections are scheduled but bait can continue to fall onto the track from overhead vegetation for many days after the operation.
Carcasses of poisoned rats, mice and possums many also be found on the track. Do not touch the baits or carcasses.
View more information or contact the DOC Takaka Office +64 3 525 8026.
Following the Easter 2014 storm, track users need to be aware of loose vegetation hung up in canopy branches and allow for minor debris on some sections of the track, particularly between Brown Hut and Perry Saddle and between MacKay Hut and Lewis Hut.
Wave Surges: Between Kohaihai and Heaphy Hut: Sections of the coastal track may be affected by large wave surges during high tides and rough seas and may cause the track to be temporarily impassable - there is no alternative track available. The sections affected are clearly signposted.
Track users must make their own safety assessment and be prepared to wait for up to 2 hours until the tide retreats. When planning your trip, ensure you check tide charts and allow adequate time in case of delays.
Rubbish: There are no rubbish facilities on the track. Trampers are reminded there is a pack-in pack-out policy for all rubbish. All rubbish must be removed.