DOC Alerts

Department of Conservation alerts for Nelson, Tasman, Marlborough and West Coast
Updated 17 March

 

25 February 2019
Beebys Hut
Mt Richmond Forest Park – Beebys Road closed to all motorised vehicles

Due to the very high fire danger, Beebys Road is closed to all motorised vehicles until further notice.

Access for walkers and mountain bikers using Beebys Road remains open.

First published on 14 February 2019. Last reviewed on 25 February 2019.

 


11 March 2019
Roaring Billy Hut
Hunting area

From 31 March 2019 to 27 April 2019 this area is a balloted hunting area – you can expect huts to be busier and hunters to be in the area.

First published on 11 March 2019.

 


11 March 2019
Stafford Hut
Hunting area

From 31 March 2019 to 27 April 2019 this area is a balloted hunting area – you can expect huts to be busier and hunters to be in the area.

First published on 11 March 2019.

 


25 February 2019
Tarn Hut
Mt Richmond Forest Park – Alpine Route/Pelorus Track road closures

Due to high fire danger all access to tracks in Mt Richmond Forest Park through forestry land is closed until further notice. 

It is only possible to enter/exit the Pelorus Track from State Highway 6 at Pelorus Bridge via the Maungatapu Road end or at the southern end of the Alpine Route through the Red Hills near St Arnaud.

Pelorus Track users must either be prepared to do an out and back tramp or follow the Te Araroa trail and do the full trip of at least nine days between these two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park.

Te Araroa Trail walkers will need to be committed to completing the full track between the two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park. Water should be used sparingly at huts and walkers should take every opportunity to fill up their bottles whilst on the track.

Check which roads into Mt Richmond Forest Park are open or closed.

All track access is closed to Rocks Hut using Dun Mountain Trail to/from Nelson City via:

  • Maitai Water Reserve,
  • Brook Conservation Reserve and
  • Marsden Valley Reserve.

Entry/exit from Maungatapu Road via Maitai Valley is also closed to walkers and mountain bikers.

Stay out of these reserves for your own safety. More information on Nelson City Council website

First published on 2 February 2019. Last reviewed on 25 February 2019.

 


15 March 2019
McConchies Hut
Matiri valley access restrictions

Preparation work for the construction of the Matiri Project hydroelectricity scheme is starting in the Matiri Valley. Information potential restrictions or prohibitions on access is available on the Pioneer Energy website.

This is a long term alert.

First published on 14 November 2018. Last reviewed on 15 March 2019.

 


25 February 2019
Browning Hut
Mt Richmond Forest Park – Alpine Route/Pelorus Track road closures

Due to high fire danger all access to tracks in Mt Richmond Forest Park through forestry land is closed until further notice. 

It is only possible to enter/exit the Pelorus Track from State Highway 6 at Pelorus Bridge via the Maungatapu Road end or at the southern end of the Alpine Route through the Red Hills near St Arnaud.

Pelorus Track users must either be prepared to do an out and back tramp or follow the Te Araroa trail and do the full trip of at least nine days between these two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park.

Te Araroa Trail walkers will need to be committed to completing the full track between the two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park. Water should be used sparingly at huts and walkers should take every opportunity to fill up their bottles whilst on the track.

Check which roads into Mt Richmond Forest Park are open or closed.

All track access is closed to Rocks Hut using Dun Mountain Trail to/from Nelson City via:

  • Maitai Water Reserve,
  • Brook Conservation Reserve and
  • Marsden Valley Reserve.

Entry/exit from Maungatapu Road via Maitai Valley is also closed to walkers and mountain bikers.

Stay out of these reserves for your own safety. More information on Nelson City Council website

First published on 2 February 2019. Last reviewed on 25 February 2019.

 


11 February 2019
Browning Hut
Pelorus Track – Middy Hut to Totara Saddle – windfalls

There are windfalls on the section of the track via Roebuck Hut. Trampers will need to allow additional time to walk between Middy, Roebuck and Browning huts. You also need to be confident in walking off track to navigate around some of them.

The alternate route via Rocks Hut is a better alternative until the windfalls can be cleared.

First published on 26 January 2019. Last reviewed on 11 February 2019.

 


25 February 2019
Slaty Hut
Mt Richmond Forest Park – Alpine Route/Pelorus Track road closures

Due to high fire danger all access to tracks in Mt Richmond Forest Park through forestry land is closed until further notice. 

It is only possible to enter/exit the Pelorus Track from State Highway 6 at Pelorus Bridge via the Maungatapu Road end or at the southern end of the Alpine Route through the Red Hills near St Arnaud.

Pelorus Track users must either be prepared to do an out and back tramp or follow the Te Araroa trail and do the full trip of at least nine days between these two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park.

Te Araroa Trail walkers will need to be committed to completing the full track between the two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park. Water should be used sparingly at huts and walkers should take every opportunity to fill up their bottles whilst on the track.

Check which roads into Mt Richmond Forest Park are open or closed.

All track access is closed to Rocks Hut using Dun Mountain Trail to/from Nelson City via:

  • Maitai Water Reserve,
  • Brook Conservation Reserve and
  • Marsden Valley Reserve.

Entry/exit from Maungatapu Road via Maitai Valley is also closed to walkers and mountain bikers.

Stay out of these reserves for your own safety. More information on Nelson City Council website

First published on 2 February 2019. Last reviewed on 25 February 2019.

 


25 February 2019
Porters Creek Hut
Mt Richmond Forest Park – Alpine Route/Pelorus Track road closures

Due to high fire danger all access to tracks in Mt Richmond Forest Park through forestry land is closed until further notice. 

It is only possible to enter/exit the Pelorus Track from State Highway 6 at Pelorus Bridge via the Maungatapu Road end or at the southern end of the Alpine Route through the Red Hills near St Arnaud.

Pelorus Track users must either be prepared to do an out and back tramp or follow the Te Araroa trail and do the full trip of at least nine days between these two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park.

Te Araroa Trail walkers will need to be committed to completing the full track between the two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park. Water should be used sparingly at huts and walkers should take every opportunity to fill up their bottles whilst on the track.

Check which roads into Mt Richmond Forest Park are open or closed.

All track access is closed to Rocks Hut using Dun Mountain Trail to/from Nelson City via:

  • Maitai Water Reserve,
  • Brook Conservation Reserve and
  • Marsden Valley Reserve.

Entry/exit from Maungatapu Road via Maitai Valley is also closed to walkers and mountain bikers.

Stay out of these reserves for your own safety. More information on Nelson City Council website

First published on 2 February 2019. Last reviewed on 25 February 2019.

 


25 February 2019
Captains Creek Hut
Mt Richmond Forest Park – Alpine Route/Pelorus Track road closures

Due to high fire danger all access to tracks in Mt Richmond Forest Park through forestry land is closed until further notice. 

It is only possible to enter/exit the Pelorus Track from State Highway 6 at Pelorus Bridge via the Maungatapu Road end or at the southern end of the Alpine Route through the Red Hills near St Arnaud.

Pelorus Track users must either be prepared to do an out and back tramp or follow the Te Araroa trail and do the full trip of at least nine days between these two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park.

Te Araroa Trail walkers will need to be committed to completing the full track between the two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park. Water should be used sparingly at huts and walkers should take every opportunity to fill up their bottles whilst on the track.

Check which roads into Mt Richmond Forest Park are open or closed.

All track access is closed to Rocks Hut using Dun Mountain Trail to/from Nelson City via:

  • Maitai Water Reserve,
  • Brook Conservation Reserve and
  • Marsden Valley Reserve.

Entry/exit from Maungatapu Road via Maitai Valley is also closed to walkers and mountain bikers.

Stay out of these reserves for your own safety. More information on Nelson City Council website

First published on 2 February 2019. Last reviewed on 25 February 2019.

 


11 March 2019
Connors Creek Hut
Upper Wairau River Area – Connors Creek Hut – Closed

Connors Creek Hut in the Upper Wairau River Area will be closed for the foreseeable future, pending a decision on its future.

The hut has been found to be structurally unsafe and poses a potential public safety risk.

First published on 11 March 2019.

 


29 May 2018
Alfred Hut
Clarence Reserve pest control operation

TBfree NZ is running  a 1080 pest control operation in the Clarence Reserve from May 2018. It will focus on approximately 36,170 ha of the reserve, including some privately-owned land. Pre-feeding is planned from 30 May 2018. 

For more information see TBfree OSPRI programme or call 0800 482 463.

This is a long term alert that applies until at least May 2019

First published on 29 May 2018.

 


29 May 2018
Hornby Bivvy
Clarence Reserve pest control operation

TBfree NZ is running  a 1080 pest control operation in the Clarence Reserve from May 2018. It will focus on approximately 36,170 ha of the reserve, including some privately-owned land. Pre-feeding is planned from 30 May 2018. 

For more information see TBfree OSPRI programme or call 0800 482 463.

This is a long term alert that applies until at least May 2019

First published on 29 May 2018.

 


29 May 2018
Palmer Bivvy
Clarence Reserve pest control operation

TBfree NZ is running  a 1080 pest control operation in the Clarence Reserve from May 2018. It will focus on approximately 36,170 ha of the reserve, including some privately-owned land. Pre-feeding is planned from 30 May 2018. 

For more information see TBfree OSPRI programme or call 0800 482 463.

This is a long term alert that applies until at least May 2019

First published on 29 May 2018.

 


29 May 2018
Snowgrass Hut
Clarence Reserve pest control operation

TBfree NZ is running  a 1080 pest control operation in the Clarence Reserve from May 2018. It will focus on approximately 36,170 ha of the reserve, including some privately-owned land. Pre-feeding is planned from 30 May 2018. 

For more information see TBfree OSPRI programme or call 0800 482 463.

This is a long term alert that applies until at least May 2019

First published on 29 May 2018.

 


11 March 2019
Creswicke Flat Hut
Hunting area

From 31 March 2019 to 27 April 2019 this area is a balloted hunting area – you can expect huts to be busier and hunters to be in the area.

First published on 11 March 2019.

 


17 February 2019
Kiwi Saddle Hut
Motueka and Golden Bay Area – Wasp Control in various sites

A wasp control operation using poison will be carried out in the following areas:

  • Abel Tasman National Park coastal track and campsites
  • Kaiteriteri track
  • Hacket track
  • Wangapeka campsites
  • Wangapeka track – Rolling Junction to Kings Creek Hut, Kings creek Hut to Kiwi Saddle Hut
  • Riuwaka Resurgence track
  • Wairoa Valley track
  • Eves Valley track
  • Rameka track
  • Harwoods Hole track
  • Baton track
  • Ellis track
  • Leslie/Karamea track
  • Cobb Valley tracks and campsites

The poison used will be in bait stations on trees beside the tracks. Warning signage will be put in at all public access points. This operation will commence on 18 February and run through to 31 March 2019.

First published on 17 February 2019.

 


25 February 2019
Red Hills Hut
Mt Richmond Forest Park – Alpine Route/Pelorus Track road closures

Due to high fire danger all access to tracks in Mt Richmond Forest Park through forestry land is closed until further notice. 

It is only possible to enter/exit the Pelorus Track from State Highway 6 at Pelorus Bridge via the Maungatapu Road end or at the southern end of the Alpine Route through the Red Hills near St Arnaud.

Pelorus Track users must either be prepared to do an out and back tramp or follow the Te Araroa trail and do the full trip of at least nine days between these two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park.

Te Araroa Trail walkers will need to be committed to completing the full track between the two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park. Water should be used sparingly at huts and walkers should take every opportunity to fill up their bottles whilst on the track.

Check which roads into Mt Richmond Forest Park are open or closed.

All track access is closed to Rocks Hut using Dun Mountain Trail to/from Nelson City via:

  • Maitai Water Reserve,
  • Brook Conservation Reserve and
  • Marsden Valley Reserve.

Entry/exit from Maungatapu Road via Maitai Valley is also closed to walkers and mountain bikers.

Stay out of these reserves for your own safety. More information on Nelson City Council website

First published on 2 February 2019. Last reviewed on 25 February 2019.

 


11 February 2019
Devils Creek Hut
Mt Richmond Forest Park – Temporary closure of Kiwi Road and Bartlett’s Creek Road – Northbank access to Wakamarina

All public access to the Wakamarina Track from Onamalutu is CLOSED including after hours and weekends, until further notice, due to forestry operations.

Northbank access via Bartlett’s Creek Road is also closed. 

Remember if you access the track from the Wakamarina Valley you CANNOT exit from Kiwi Road or Bartlett’s Creek Road on the Northbank. Track users will need to return to the track entrance at the Wakamarina Valley.

First published on 14 September 2018. Last reviewed on 11 February 2019.

 


25 February 2019
Lower Goulter Hut
Mt Richmond Forest Park – Alpine Route/Pelorus Track road closures

Due to high fire danger all access to tracks in Mt Richmond Forest Park through forestry land is closed until further notice. 

It is only possible to enter/exit the Pelorus Track from State Highway 6 at Pelorus Bridge via the Maungatapu Road end or at the southern end of the Alpine Route through the Red Hills near St Arnaud.

Pelorus Track users must either be prepared to do an out and back tramp or follow the Te Araroa trail and do the full trip of at least nine days between these two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park.

Te Araroa Trail walkers will need to be committed to completing the full track between the two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park. Water should be used sparingly at huts and walkers should take every opportunity to fill up their bottles whilst on the track.

Check which roads into Mt Richmond Forest Park are open or closed.

All track access is closed to Rocks Hut using Dun Mountain Trail to/from Nelson City via:

  • Maitai Water Reserve,
  • Brook Conservation Reserve and
  • Marsden Valley Reserve.

Entry/exit from Maungatapu Road via Maitai Valley is also closed to walkers and mountain bikers.

Stay out of these reserves for your own safety. More information on Nelson City Council website

First published on 2 February 2019. Last reviewed on 25 February 2019.

 


8 January 2019
Lower Goulter Hut
Mt Richmond Forest Park – Ben Nevis and Wairoa valley access

All access to the Lower Wairoa Valley Left Branch road and tracks will be closed round the clock 19 December 2018 – 30 September 2019 due to forestry logging operations. This will affect Te Araroa walkers intending to enter/exit via the Left Branch Wairoa River for Mid Wairoa Hut. 

Walking track access to through the forestry easement to Ben Nevis is closed from Monday 4 February 2019 due to very high fire danger. 

Access updates for Mt Richmond Forest Park

First published on 9 September 2018. Last reviewed on 8 January 2019.

 


25 February 2019
Middy Creek Hut
Mt Richmond Forest Park – Alpine Route/Pelorus Track road closures

Due to high fire danger all access to tracks in Mt Richmond Forest Park through forestry land is closed until further notice. 

It is only possible to enter/exit the Pelorus Track from State Highway 6 at Pelorus Bridge via the Maungatapu Road end or at the southern end of the Alpine Route through the Red Hills near St Arnaud.

Pelorus Track users must either be prepared to do an out and back tramp or follow the Te Araroa trail and do the full trip of at least nine days between these two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park.

Te Araroa Trail walkers will need to be committed to completing the full track between the two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park. Water should be used sparingly at huts and walkers should take every opportunity to fill up their bottles whilst on the track.

Check which roads into Mt Richmond Forest Park are open or closed.

All track access is closed to Rocks Hut using Dun Mountain Trail to/from Nelson City via:

  • Maitai Water Reserve,
  • Brook Conservation Reserve and
  • Marsden Valley Reserve.

Entry/exit from Maungatapu Road via Maitai Valley is also closed to walkers and mountain bikers.

Stay out of these reserves for your own safety. More information on Nelson City Council website

First published on 2 February 2019. Last reviewed on 25 February 2019.

 


11 February 2019
Middy Creek Hut
Pelorus Track – Middy Hut to Totara Saddle – windfalls

There are windfalls on the section of the track via Roebuck Hut. Trampers will need to allow additional time to walk between Middy, Roebuck and Browning huts. You also need to be confident in walking off track to navigate around some of them.

The alternate route via Rocks Hut is a better alternative until the windfalls can be cleared.

First published on 26 January 2019. Last reviewed on 11 February 2019.

 


25 February 2019
Roebuck Hut
Mt Richmond Forest Park – Alpine Route/Pelorus Track road closures

Due to high fire danger all access to tracks in Mt Richmond Forest Park through forestry land is closed until further notice. 

It is only possible to enter/exit the Pelorus Track from State Highway 6 at Pelorus Bridge via the Maungatapu Road end or at the southern end of the Alpine Route through the Red Hills near St Arnaud.

Pelorus Track users must either be prepared to do an out and back tramp or follow the Te Araroa trail and do the full trip of at least nine days between these two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park.

Te Araroa Trail walkers will need to be committed to completing the full track between the two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park. Water should be used sparingly at huts and walkers should take every opportunity to fill up their bottles whilst on the track.

Check which roads into Mt Richmond Forest Park are open or closed.

All track access is closed to Rocks Hut using Dun Mountain Trail to/from Nelson City via:

  • Maitai Water Reserve,
  • Brook Conservation Reserve and
  • Marsden Valley Reserve.

Entry/exit from Maungatapu Road via Maitai Valley is also closed to walkers and mountain bikers.

Stay out of these reserves for your own safety. More information on Nelson City Council website

First published on 2 February 2019. Last reviewed on 25 February 2019.

 


11 February 2019
Roebuck Hut
Pelorus Track – Middy Hut to Totara Saddle – windfalls

There are windfalls on the section of the track via Roebuck Hut. Trampers will need to allow additional time to walk between Middy, Roebuck and Browning huts. You also need to be confident in walking off track to navigate around some of them.

The alternate route via Rocks Hut is a better alternative until the windfalls can be cleared.

First published on 26 January 2019. Last reviewed on 11 February 2019.

 


29 May 2018
Fidgit Bivvy
Clarence Reserve pest control operation

TBfree NZ is running  a 1080 pest control operation in the Clarence Reserve from May 2018. It will focus on approximately 36,170 ha of the reserve, including some privately-owned land. Pre-feeding is planned from 30 May 2018. 

For more information see TBfree OSPRI programme or call 0800 482 463.

This is a long term alert that applies until at least May 2019

First published on 29 May 2018.

 


29 May 2018
Goose Flat Hut
Clarence Reserve pest control operation

TBfree NZ is running  a 1080 pest control operation in the Clarence Reserve from May 2018. It will focus on approximately 36,170 ha of the reserve, including some privately-owned land. Pre-feeding is planned from 30 May 2018. 

For more information see TBfree OSPRI programme or call 0800 482 463.

This is a long term alert that applies until at least May 2019

First published on 29 May 2018.

 


29 May 2018
Jam Hut
Clarence Reserve pest control operation

TBfree NZ is running  a 1080 pest control operation in the Clarence Reserve from May 2018. It will focus on approximately 36,170 ha of the reserve, including some privately-owned land. Pre-feeding is planned from 30 May 2018. 

For more information see TBfree OSPRI programme or call 0800 482 463.

This is a long term alert that applies until at least May 2019

First published on 29 May 2018.

 


29 May 2018
Kahutara Bivvy
Clarence Reserve pest control operation

TBfree NZ is running  a 1080 pest control operation in the Clarence Reserve from May 2018. It will focus on approximately 36,170 ha of the reserve, including some privately-owned land. Pre-feeding is planned from 30 May 2018. 

For more information see TBfree OSPRI programme or call 0800 482 463.

This is a long term alert that applies until at least May 2019

First published on 29 May 2018.

 


17 February 2019
Kings Creek Hut
Motueka and Golden Bay Area – Wasp Control in various sites

A wasp control operation using poison will be carried out in the following areas:

  • Abel Tasman National Park coastal track and campsites
  • Kaiteriteri track
  • Hacket track
  • Wangapeka campsites
  • Wangapeka track – Rolling Junction to Kings Creek Hut, Kings creek Hut to Kiwi Saddle Hut
  • Riuwaka Resurgence track
  • Wairoa Valley track
  • Eves Valley track
  • Rameka track
  • Harwoods Hole track
  • Baton track
  • Ellis track
  • Leslie/Karamea track
  • Cobb Valley tracks and campsites

The poison used will be in bait stations on trees beside the tracks. Warning signage will be put in at all public access points. This operation will commence on 18 February and run through to 31 March 2019.

First published on 17 February 2019.

 


11 March 2019
Maori Saddle Hut
Hunting area

From 31 March 2019 to 27 April 2019 this area is a balloted hunting area – you can expect huts to be busier and hunters to be in the area.

First published on 11 March 2019.

 


5 March 2019
Maori Saddle Hut
Haast Paringa cattle track washed away

The track across Chasm Creek has been washed away. Chasm Creek is 15 minutes south of Maori Saddle Hut.

Attempting to cross Chasm Creek will be extremely hazardous. There is a sheer drop off and 15 m fall. Do not cross unless you feel confident and it is safe to do so.

Your safety is our concern and your responsibility.

First published on 18 January 2019. Last reviewed on 5 March 2019.

 


25 February 2019
Zoo Hut
Kaikoura region damage and hut closures

Earthquake activity and subsequent heavy rain has caused multiple slips and dams to form in Kaikoura, the Seaward Kaikoura Range and Isolated Hill Scenic Reserve. These are unstable and can fail at any time.  

Stay clear of all riverbeds in these areas in case there are any sudden releases of water.

Closed huts: Isolation Hut, Isolated Hill Bivvy, Napoleon Bivvy, Brian Boru Bivvy and Zoo Hut in Isolated Hill Scenic Reserve.

See Environment Canterbury and this website for updates.  

This is a long term alert.

First published on 28 April 2017. Last reviewed on 25 February 2019.

 


29 May 2018
Dubious Bivvy
Clarence Reserve pest control operation

TBfree NZ is running  a 1080 pest control operation in the Clarence Reserve from May 2018. It will focus on approximately 36,170 ha of the reserve, including some privately-owned land. Pre-feeding is planned from 30 May 2018. 

For more information see TBfree OSPRI programme or call 0800 482 463.

This is a long term alert that applies until at least May 2019

First published on 29 May 2018.

 


29 May 2018
Warden Hut
Clarence Reserve pest control operation

TBfree NZ is running  a 1080 pest control operation in the Clarence Reserve from May 2018. It will focus on approximately 36,170 ha of the reserve, including some privately-owned land. Pre-feeding is planned from 30 May 2018. 

For more information see TBfree OSPRI programme or call 0800 482 463.

This is a long term alert that applies until at least May 2019

First published on 29 May 2018.

 


25 February 2019
Mid Wairoa Hut
Mt Richmond Forest Park – Alpine Route/Pelorus Track road closures

Due to high fire danger all access to tracks in Mt Richmond Forest Park through forestry land is closed until further notice. 

It is only possible to enter/exit the Pelorus Track from State Highway 6 at Pelorus Bridge via the Maungatapu Road end or at the southern end of the Alpine Route through the Red Hills near St Arnaud.

Pelorus Track users must either be prepared to do an out and back tramp or follow the Te Araroa trail and do the full trip of at least nine days between these two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park.

Te Araroa Trail walkers will need to be committed to completing the full track between the two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park. Water should be used sparingly at huts and walkers should take every opportunity to fill up their bottles whilst on the track.

Check which roads into Mt Richmond Forest Park are open or closed.

All track access is closed to Rocks Hut using Dun Mountain Trail to/from Nelson City via:

  • Maitai Water Reserve,
  • Brook Conservation Reserve and
  • Marsden Valley Reserve.

Entry/exit from Maungatapu Road via Maitai Valley is also closed to walkers and mountain bikers.

Stay out of these reserves for your own safety. More information on Nelson City Council website

First published on 2 February 2019. Last reviewed on 25 February 2019.

 


8 January 2019
Mid Wairoa Hut
Mt Richmond Forest Park – Ben Nevis and Wairoa valley access

All access to the Lower Wairoa Valley Left Branch road and tracks will be closed round the clock 19 December 2018 – 30 September 2019 due to forestry logging operations. This will affect Te Araroa walkers intending to enter/exit via the Left Branch Wairoa River for Mid Wairoa Hut. 

Walking track access to through the forestry easement to Ben Nevis is closed from Monday 4 February 2019 due to very high fire danger. 

Access updates for Mt Richmond Forest Park

First published on 9 September 2018. Last reviewed on 8 January 2019.

 


25 February 2019
Starveall Hut
Mt Richmond Forest Park – Alpine Route/Pelorus Track road closures

Due to high fire danger all access to tracks in Mt Richmond Forest Park through forestry land is closed until further notice. 

It is only possible to enter/exit the Pelorus Track from State Highway 6 at Pelorus Bridge via the Maungatapu Road end or at the southern end of the Alpine Route through the Red Hills near St Arnaud.

Pelorus Track users must either be prepared to do an out and back tramp or follow the Te Araroa trail and do the full trip of at least nine days between these two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park.

Te Araroa Trail walkers will need to be committed to completing the full track between the two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park. Water should be used sparingly at huts and walkers should take every opportunity to fill up their bottles whilst on the track.

Check which roads into Mt Richmond Forest Park are open or closed.

All track access is closed to Rocks Hut using Dun Mountain Trail to/from Nelson City via:

  • Maitai Water Reserve,
  • Brook Conservation Reserve and
  • Marsden Valley Reserve.

Entry/exit from Maungatapu Road via Maitai Valley is also closed to walkers and mountain bikers.

Stay out of these reserves for your own safety. More information on Nelson City Council website

First published on 2 February 2019. Last reviewed on 25 February 2019.

 


15 March 2019
Hurricane Hut
Matiri valley access restrictions

Preparation work for the construction of the Matiri Project hydroelectricity scheme is starting in the Matiri Valley. Information potential restrictions or prohibitions on access is available on the Pioneer Energy website.

This is a long term alert.

First published on 14 November 2018. Last reviewed on 15 March 2019.

 


11 February 2019
Fosters Hut
Mt Richmond Forest Park – Temporary closure of Kiwi Road and Bartlett’s Creek Road – Northbank access to Wakamarina

All public access to the Wakamarina Track from Onamalutu is CLOSED including after hours and weekends, until further notice, due to forestry operations.

Northbank access via Bartlett’s Creek Road is also closed. 

Remember if you access the track from the Wakamarina Valley you CANNOT exit from Kiwi Road or Bartlett’s Creek Road on the Northbank. Track users will need to return to the track entrance at the Wakamarina Valley.

First published on 14 September 2018. Last reviewed on 11 February 2019.

 


25 February 2019
Mt Fell Hut
Mt Richmond Forest Park – Alpine Route/Pelorus Track road closures

Due to high fire danger all access to tracks in Mt Richmond Forest Park through forestry land is closed until further notice. 

It is only possible to enter/exit the Pelorus Track from State Highway 6 at Pelorus Bridge via the Maungatapu Road end or at the southern end of the Alpine Route through the Red Hills near St Arnaud.

Pelorus Track users must either be prepared to do an out and back tramp or follow the Te Araroa trail and do the full trip of at least nine days between these two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park.

Te Araroa Trail walkers will need to be committed to completing the full track between the two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park. Water should be used sparingly at huts and walkers should take every opportunity to fill up their bottles whilst on the track.

Check which roads into Mt Richmond Forest Park are open or closed.

All track access is closed to Rocks Hut using Dun Mountain Trail to/from Nelson City via:

  • Maitai Water Reserve,
  • Brook Conservation Reserve and
  • Marsden Valley Reserve.

Entry/exit from Maungatapu Road via Maitai Valley is also closed to walkers and mountain bikers.

Stay out of these reserves for your own safety. More information on Nelson City Council website

First published on 2 February 2019. Last reviewed on 25 February 2019.

 


25 February 2019
Richmond Saddle Hut
Mt Richmond Forest Park – Alpine Route/Pelorus Track road closures

Due to high fire danger all access to tracks in Mt Richmond Forest Park through forestry land is closed until further notice. 

It is only possible to enter/exit the Pelorus Track from State Highway 6 at Pelorus Bridge via the Maungatapu Road end or at the southern end of the Alpine Route through the Red Hills near St Arnaud.

Pelorus Track users must either be prepared to do an out and back tramp or follow the Te Araroa trail and do the full trip of at least nine days between these two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park.

Te Araroa Trail walkers will need to be committed to completing the full track between the two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park. Water should be used sparingly at huts and walkers should take every opportunity to fill up their bottles whilst on the track.

Check which roads into Mt Richmond Forest Park are open or closed.

All track access is closed to Rocks Hut using Dun Mountain Trail to/from Nelson City via:

  • Maitai Water Reserve,
  • Brook Conservation Reserve and
  • Marsden Valley Reserve.

Entry/exit from Maungatapu Road via Maitai Valley is also closed to walkers and mountain bikers.

Stay out of these reserves for your own safety. More information on Nelson City Council website

First published on 2 February 2019. Last reviewed on 25 February 2019.

 


29 May 2018
Limestone Hut
Clarence Reserve pest control operation

TBfree NZ is running  a 1080 pest control operation in the Clarence Reserve from May 2018. It will focus on approximately 36,170 ha of the reserve, including some privately-owned land. Pre-feeding is planned from 30 May 2018. 

For more information see TBfree OSPRI programme or call 0800 482 463.

This is a long term alert that applies until at least May 2019

First published on 29 May 2018.

 


11 March 2019
Blue River (Blowfly) Hut
Hunting area

From 31 March 2019 to 27 April 2019 this area is a balloted hunting area – you can expect huts to be busier and hunters to be in the area.

First published on 11 March 2019.

 


5 March 2019
Blue River (Blowfly) Hut
Haast Paringa cattle track washed away

The track across Chasm Creek has been washed away. Chasm Creek is 15 minutes south of Maori Saddle Hut.

Attempting to cross Chasm Creek will be extremely hazardous. There is a sheer drop off and 15 m fall. Do not cross unless you feel confident and it is safe to do so.

Your safety is our concern and your responsibility.

First published on 18 January 2019. Last reviewed on 5 March 2019.

 


11 March 2019
Thomas River Hut
Hunting area

From 31 March 2019 to 27 April 2019 this area is a balloted hunting area – you can expect huts to be busier and hunters to be in the area.

First published on 11 March 2019.

 


9 January 2019
Dillon Hut
Slip on track to Scotty’s Cableway

A slip has wiped out the steep section of track over the bluff to Scotty’s Cableway on the true left. This extremely steep section is suitable for highly experienced users only.

This is a long-term alert. 

First published on 3 November 2015. Last reviewed on 9 January 2019.

 


1 March 2019
Hacket Hut
Mt Richmond Forest Park, Hacket Track closure

Due to extreme fire risk, the Hacket Track is closed from the entrance to the car park through to Hacket Hut.

Te Araroa Trail walkers can only access the route via the Maungatapu Road to State Highway 6 or via Red Hills Hut to State Highway 63 or via Maitland Ridge to Tophouse road near St Arnaud.

First published on 3 October 2016. Last reviewed on 1 March 2019.

 


25 February 2019
Hacket Hut
Mt Richmond Forest Park – Alpine Route/Pelorus Track road closures

Due to high fire danger all access to tracks in Mt Richmond Forest Park through forestry land is closed until further notice. 

It is only possible to enter/exit the Pelorus Track from State Highway 6 at Pelorus Bridge via the Maungatapu Road end or at the southern end of the Alpine Route through the Red Hills near St Arnaud.

Pelorus Track users must either be prepared to do an out and back tramp or follow the Te Araroa trail and do the full trip of at least nine days between these two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park.

Te Araroa Trail walkers will need to be committed to completing the full track between the two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park. Water should be used sparingly at huts and walkers should take every opportunity to fill up their bottles whilst on the track.

Check which roads into Mt Richmond Forest Park are open or closed.

All track access is closed to Rocks Hut using Dun Mountain Trail to/from Nelson City via:

  • Maitai Water Reserve,
  • Brook Conservation Reserve and
  • Marsden Valley Reserve.

Entry/exit from Maungatapu Road via Maitai Valley is also closed to walkers and mountain bikers.

Stay out of these reserves for your own safety. More information on Nelson City Council website

First published on 2 February 2019. Last reviewed on 25 February 2019.

 


25 February 2019
Mt Rintoul Hut
Mt Richmond Forest Park – Alpine Route/Pelorus Track road closures

Due to high fire danger all access to tracks in Mt Richmond Forest Park through forestry land is closed until further notice. 

It is only possible to enter/exit the Pelorus Track from State Highway 6 at Pelorus Bridge via the Maungatapu Road end or at the southern end of the Alpine Route through the Red Hills near St Arnaud.

Pelorus Track users must either be prepared to do an out and back tramp or follow the Te Araroa trail and do the full trip of at least nine days between these two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park.

Te Araroa Trail walkers will need to be committed to completing the full track between the two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park. Water should be used sparingly at huts and walkers should take every opportunity to fill up their bottles whilst on the track.

Check which roads into Mt Richmond Forest Park are open or closed.

All track access is closed to Rocks Hut using Dun Mountain Trail to/from Nelson City via:

  • Maitai Water Reserve,
  • Brook Conservation Reserve and
  • Marsden Valley Reserve.

Entry/exit from Maungatapu Road via Maitai Valley is also closed to walkers and mountain bikers.

Stay out of these reserves for your own safety. More information on Nelson City Council website

First published on 2 February 2019. Last reviewed on 25 February 2019.

 


11 March 2019
Horseshoe Flat Hut
Hunting area

From 31 March 2019 to 27 April 2019 this area is a balloted hunting area – you can expect huts to be busier and hunters to be in the area.

First published on 11 March 2019.

 


11 March 2019
Middle Head Hut
Hunting area

From 31 March 2019 to 27 April 2019 this area is a balloted hunting area – you can expect huts to be busier and hunters to be in the area.

First published on 11 March 2019.

 


31 January 2019
Black Birch Bivvy
Black Birch Scenic Reserve – temporary road access closure

The Black Birch Road from the Awatere Valley Rd through Nelson Forests’ property will be closed (both weekends and weekdays) due to fire danger until further notice.

First published on 31 January 2019.

 


29 May 2018
Forbes Hut (previously Seymour Hut)
Clarence Reserve pest control operation

TBfree NZ is running  a 1080 pest control operation in the Clarence Reserve from May 2018. It will focus on approximately 36,170 ha of the reserve, including some privately-owned land. Pre-feeding is planned from 30 May 2018. 

For more information see TBfree OSPRI programme or call 0800 482 463.

This is a long term alert that applies until at least May 2019

First published on 29 May 2018.

 


10 January 2019
Big River Hut
No fire at Big River Hut

Big River Hut currently has no fire as it is being replaced. All work should be completed by 31 March 2019.

First published on 14 November 2018. Last reviewed on 10 January 2019.

 


15 February 2019
Wills Hut
Entry from State Highway 6 unavailable

Entry to the Wills Track from SH6 is unavailable until further notice due to ongoing repair work under the Gates of Haast Bridge. 

First published on 2 March 2018. Last reviewed on 15 February 2019.

 


11 March 2019
Gorge River Hut
Hunting area

From 31 March 2019 to 27 April 2019 this area is a balloted hunting area – you can expect huts to be busier and hunters to be in the area.

First published on 11 March 2019.

 


11 March 2019
Spoon Hut
Hunting area

From 31 March 2019 to 27 April 2019 this area is a balloted hunting area – you can expect huts to be busier and hunters to be in the area.

First published on 11 March 2019.

 


9 January 2019
Julia Hut
Slip on track to Scotty’s Cableway

A slip has wiped out the steep section of track over the bluff to Scotty’s Cableway on the true left. This extremely steep section is suitable for highly experienced users only.

This is a long-term alert. 

First published on 3 November 2015. Last reviewed on 9 January 2019.

 


15 March 2019
Poor Pete’s Hut
Matiri valley access restrictions

Preparation work for the construction of the Matiri Project hydroelectricity scheme is starting in the Matiri Valley. Information potential restrictions or prohibitions on access is available on the Pioneer Energy website.

This is a long term alert.

First published on 14 November 2018. Last reviewed on 15 March 2019.

 


25 February 2019
Hunters Hut
Mt Richmond Forest Park – Alpine Route/Pelorus Track road closures

Due to high fire danger all access to tracks in Mt Richmond Forest Park through forestry land is closed until further notice. 

It is only possible to enter/exit the Pelorus Track from State Highway 6 at Pelorus Bridge via the Maungatapu Road end or at the southern end of the Alpine Route through the Red Hills near St Arnaud.

Pelorus Track users must either be prepared to do an out and back tramp or follow the Te Araroa trail and do the full trip of at least nine days between these two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park.

Te Araroa Trail walkers will need to be committed to completing the full track between the two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park. Water should be used sparingly at huts and walkers should take every opportunity to fill up their bottles whilst on the track.

Check which roads into Mt Richmond Forest Park are open or closed.

All track access is closed to Rocks Hut using Dun Mountain Trail to/from Nelson City via:

  • Maitai Water Reserve,
  • Brook Conservation Reserve and
  • Marsden Valley Reserve.

Entry/exit from Maungatapu Road via Maitai Valley is also closed to walkers and mountain bikers.

Stay out of these reserves for your own safety. More information on Nelson City Council website

First published on 2 February 2019. Last reviewed on 25 February 2019.

 


8 January 2019
Hunters Hut
Mt Richmond Forest Park – Ben Nevis and Wairoa valley access

All access to the Lower Wairoa Valley Left Branch road and tracks will be closed round the clock 19 December 2018 – 30 September 2019 due to forestry logging operations. This will affect Te Araroa walkers intending to enter/exit via the Left Branch Wairoa River for Mid Wairoa Hut. 

Walking track access to through the forestry easement to Ben Nevis is closed from Monday 4 February 2019 due to very high fire danger. 

Access updates for Mt Richmond Forest Park

First published on 9 September 2018. Last reviewed on 8 January 2019.

 


25 February 2019
Lake Chalice Hut
Mt Richmond Forest Park – Alpine Route/Pelorus Track road closures

Due to high fire danger all access to tracks in Mt Richmond Forest Park through forestry land is closed until further notice. 

It is only possible to enter/exit the Pelorus Track from State Highway 6 at Pelorus Bridge via the Maungatapu Road end or at the southern end of the Alpine Route through the Red Hills near St Arnaud.

Pelorus Track users must either be prepared to do an out and back tramp or follow the Te Araroa trail and do the full trip of at least nine days between these two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park.

Te Araroa Trail walkers will need to be committed to completing the full track between the two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park. Water should be used sparingly at huts and walkers should take every opportunity to fill up their bottles whilst on the track.

Check which roads into Mt Richmond Forest Park are open or closed.

All track access is closed to Rocks Hut using Dun Mountain Trail to/from Nelson City via:

  • Maitai Water Reserve,
  • Brook Conservation Reserve and
  • Marsden Valley Reserve.

Entry/exit from Maungatapu Road via Maitai Valley is also closed to walkers and mountain bikers.

Stay out of these reserves for your own safety. More information on Nelson City Council website

First published on 2 February 2019. Last reviewed on 25 February 2019.

 


25 February 2019
Old Man Hut
Mt Richmond Forest Park – Alpine Route/Pelorus Track road closures

Due to high fire danger all access to tracks in Mt Richmond Forest Park through forestry land is closed until further notice. 

It is only possible to enter/exit the Pelorus Track from State Highway 6 at Pelorus Bridge via the Maungatapu Road end or at the southern end of the Alpine Route through the Red Hills near St Arnaud.

Pelorus Track users must either be prepared to do an out and back tramp or follow the Te Araroa trail and do the full trip of at least nine days between these two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park.

Te Araroa Trail walkers will need to be committed to completing the full track between the two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park. Water should be used sparingly at huts and walkers should take every opportunity to fill up their bottles whilst on the track.

Check which roads into Mt Richmond Forest Park are open or closed.

All track access is closed to Rocks Hut using Dun Mountain Trail to/from Nelson City via:

  • Maitai Water Reserve,
  • Brook Conservation Reserve and
  • Marsden Valley Reserve.

Entry/exit from Maungatapu Road via Maitai Valley is also closed to walkers and mountain bikers.

Stay out of these reserves for your own safety. More information on Nelson City Council website

First published on 2 February 2019. Last reviewed on 25 February 2019.

 


25 February 2019
Rocks Hut
Mt Richmond Forest Park – Alpine Route/Pelorus Track road closures

Due to high fire danger all access to tracks in Mt Richmond Forest Park through forestry land is closed until further notice. 

It is only possible to enter/exit the Pelorus Track from State Highway 6 at Pelorus Bridge via the Maungatapu Road end or at the southern end of the Alpine Route through the Red Hills near St Arnaud.

Pelorus Track users must either be prepared to do an out and back tramp or follow the Te Araroa trail and do the full trip of at least nine days between these two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park.

Te Araroa Trail walkers will need to be committed to completing the full track between the two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park. Water should be used sparingly at huts and walkers should take every opportunity to fill up their bottles whilst on the track.

Check which roads into Mt Richmond Forest Park are open or closed.

All track access is closed to Rocks Hut using Dun Mountain Trail to/from Nelson City via:

  • Maitai Water Reserve,
  • Brook Conservation Reserve and
  • Marsden Valley Reserve.

Entry/exit from Maungatapu Road via Maitai Valley is also closed to walkers and mountain bikers.

Stay out of these reserves for your own safety. More information on Nelson City Council website

First published on 2 February 2019. Last reviewed on 25 February 2019.

 


27 February 2019
Isolation Hut
Sawcut Gorge/Isolated Hill Route closed

The Sawcut Gorge/Isolated Hill Route is closed due to earthquake damage.

This is a long-term alert until at least November 2018. 

First published on 23 December 2016. Last reviewed on 27 February 2019.

 


25 February 2019
Isolation Hut
Kaikoura region damage and hut closures

Earthquake activity and subsequent heavy rain has caused multiple slips and dams to form in Kaikoura, the Seaward Kaikoura Range and Isolated Hill Scenic Reserve. These are unstable and can fail at any time.  

Stay clear of all riverbeds in these areas in case there are any sudden releases of water.

Closed huts: Isolation Hut, Isolated Hill Bivvy, Napoleon Bivvy, Brian Boru Bivvy and Zoo Hut in Isolated Hill Scenic Reserve.

See Environment Canterbury and this website for updates.  

This is a long term alert.

First published on 28 April 2017. Last reviewed on 25 February 2019.

 


28 February 2019
Hapuku Hut
Hapuku Car Park, Grange Road – closed

Heavy rain and flooding have washed away the entire car park. Visitors are advised to make alternative arrangements.

First published on 29 November 2018. Last reviewed on 28 February 2019.

 


29 May 2018
Haycocks Bivvy
Clarence Reserve pest control operation

TBfree NZ is running  a 1080 pest control operation in the Clarence Reserve from May 2018. It will focus on approximately 36,170 ha of the reserve, including some privately-owned land. Pre-feeding is planned from 30 May 2018. 

For more information see TBfree OSPRI programme or call 0800 482 463.

This is a long term alert that applies until at least May 2019

First published on 29 May 2018.

 


29 May 2018
Palmer Hut
Clarence Reserve pest control operation

TBfree NZ is running  a 1080 pest control operation in the Clarence Reserve from May 2018. It will focus on approximately 36,170 ha of the reserve, including some privately-owned land. Pre-feeding is planned from 30 May 2018. 

For more information see TBfree OSPRI programme or call 0800 482 463.

This is a long term alert that applies until at least May 2019

First published on 29 May 2018.

 


11 March 2019
Coppermine Creek Hut
Hunting area

From 31 March 2019 to 27 April 2019 this area is a balloted hunting area – you can expect huts to be busier and hunters to be in the area.

First published on 11 March 2019.

 


5 March 2019
Coppermine Creek Hut
Haast Paringa cattle track washed away

The track across Chasm Creek has been washed away. Chasm Creek is 15 minutes south of Maori Saddle Hut.

Attempting to cross Chasm Creek will be extremely hazardous. There is a sheer drop off and 15 m fall. Do not cross unless you feel confident and it is safe to do so.

Your safety is our concern and your responsibility.

First published on 18 January 2019. Last reviewed on 5 March 2019.

 


25 February 2019
Top Wairoa Hut
Mt Richmond Forest Park – Alpine Route/Pelorus Track road closures

Due to high fire danger all access to tracks in Mt Richmond Forest Park through forestry land is closed until further notice. 

It is only possible to enter/exit the Pelorus Track from State Highway 6 at Pelorus Bridge via the Maungatapu Road end or at the southern end of the Alpine Route through the Red Hills near St Arnaud.

Pelorus Track users must either be prepared to do an out and back tramp or follow the Te Araroa trail and do the full trip of at least nine days between these two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park.

Te Araroa Trail walkers will need to be committed to completing the full track between the two points of entry/exit into Mt Richmond Forest Park. Water should be used sparingly at huts and walkers should take every opportunity to fill up their bottles whilst on the track.

Check which roads into Mt Richmond Forest Park are open or closed.

All track access is closed to Rocks Hut using Dun Mountain Trail to/from Nelson City via:

  • Maitai Water Reserve,
  • Brook Conservation Reserve and
  • Marsden Valley Reserve.

Entry/exit from Maungatapu Road via Maitai Valley is also closed to walkers and mountain bikers.

Stay out of these reserves for your own safety. More information on Nelson City Council website

First published on 2 February 2019. Last reviewed on 25 February 2019.

 


8 January 2019
Top Wairoa Hut
Mt Richmond Forest Park – Ben Nevis and Wairoa valley access

All access to the Lower Wairoa Valley Left Branch road and tracks will be closed round the clock 19 December 2018 – 30 September 2019 due to forestry logging operations. This will affect Te Araroa walkers intending to enter/exit via the Left Branch Wairoa River for Mid Wairoa Hut. 

Walking track access to through the forestry easement to Ben Nevis is closed from Monday 4 February 2019 due to very high fire danger. 

Access updates for Mt Richmond Forest Park

First published on 9 September 2018. Last reviewed on 8 January 2019.

 


8 January 2019
Mid Goulter Hut
Mt Richmond Forest Park – Ben Nevis and Wairoa valley access

All access to the Lower Wairoa Valley Left Branch road and tracks will be closed round the clock 19 December 2018 – 30 September 2019 due to forestry logging operations. This will affect Te Araroa walkers intending to enter/exit via the Left Branch Wairoa River for Mid Wairoa Hut. 

Walking track access to through the forestry easement to Ben Nevis is closed from Monday 4 February 2019 due to very high fire danger. 

Access updates for Mt Richmond Forest Park

First published on 9 September 2018. Last reviewed on 8 January 2019.

 


15 March 2019
Lake Matiri Hut
Matiri valley access restrictions

Preparation work for the construction of the Matiri Project hydroelectricity scheme is starting in the Matiri Valley. Information potential restrictions or prohibitions on access is available on the Pioneer Energy website.

This is a long term alert.

First published on 14 November 2018. Last reviewed on 15 March 2019.

 


15 March 2019
Larrikin Creek Hut
Matiri valley access restrictions

Preparation work for the construction of the Matiri Project hydroelectricity scheme is starting in the Matiri Valley. Information potential restrictions or prohibitions on access is available on the Pioneer Energy website.

This is a long term alert.

First published on 14 November 2018. Last reviewed on 15 March 2019.

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