Some tacks in the upper north island are being periodically closed to aid the protection of kauri.
There are various reasons for track closures, including:
- Upgrading current tracks to protect kauri roots and minimise the spread of soil in wet conditions
- Installation and upgrading of cleaning stations
- Tracks in areas with a high risk of kauri dieback disease
Latest Track Closures
The below DOC tracks in the Kauri Coast District, Tauranga and Waikato have been temporarily closed due to construction works and track upgrades.
The upgrades will take place between November 2018 and March 2019.
- Pakotai Track, Dargaville area
- Yakas Walk
- Waiotemarama Track
- Hauturu Highpoint Track
- Dickey’s Flat Track
- Mangakino Pack Track
- Waiorongomai – Low Level Track
- Wharawhara Tramway Track
- Upper Waitawheta Track
- Waipapa Track
- Waitengaue to Upper Waitawheta Track
- Waitengaue Stream Track
- Lindemann to Cashmore Track
- Lindemanns Loop Track
- Hakarimata Summit Track
More details of track closures can be found on the Department of Conservation's website.
Latest Track Updates
Fencing and signage have been installed on the entire perimeter of the boardwalk to Tane Mahuta to help encourage visitors to stay on the tracks.
Image: Tāne Mahuta Walk Track, Waipoua Forest. Department of Conservation
Waitākere Ranges track reopenings
In May 2018, Auckland Council closed the forested areas of the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park to increase protection of the forest from kauri dieback disease.
During 2018/19, staff have been working hard carrying out improvement work on priority tracks so that they meet the standard for reopening.
Auckland Council has developed a plan with Te kawerau a maki and are now seeking community feedback on what tracks they would like them to prioritise over the next two to five years.
Public consultation on this plan is open and will continue through to 14 March 2019.
To find out more and to have your say, visit the Auckland Council website.