DOC Alerts

Department of Conservation alerts for Nelson, Tasman, Marlborough and West Coast
Updated 16 January

 

11 January 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 January 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. 

Ben Nevis walking access: Walking track access to Ben Nevis is open weekends only for 4WD vehicles. Watch for changing road and track conditions. Be aware of possible restrictions on this road on any day due to the risk of unstable material.

Access updates for Mt Richmond Forest Park

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

First published on 14 November 2018. Last reviewed on 17 December 2018.

 


2 November 2018
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 2 November 2018.

 


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.

 


17 December 2018
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.

First published on 14 November 2018. Last reviewed on 17 December 2018.

 


7 December 2018
Island Gully Hut
Sedgemere Sleep out, Island Gully Hut, East West Route

The road over Island Saddle has suffered significant damage over the winter and is badly rutted. There is also a significant slip at the Rag and Famish. Both sections are passable with care by high clearance 4WD vehicles only. Repair work is planned for early 2019..

First published on 9 November 2018. Last reviewed on 7 December 2018.

 


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. 

Ben Nevis walking access: Walking track access to Ben Nevis is open weekends only for 4WD vehicles. Watch for changing road and track conditions. Be aware of possible restrictions on this road on any day due to the risk of unstable material.

Access updates for Mt Richmond Forest Park

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

 


11 January 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 January 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.

 


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.

 


24 December 2018
Hacket Hut
Mt Richmond Forest Park, Hacket Track washout

Multiple sections of the Hacket Track below the Whispering Falls junction have been washed out. The ground is unstable and caution is required at all times. 

First published on 3 October 2016. Last reviewed on 24 December 2018.

 


13 December 2018
Hacket Hut
Mt Richmond Forest Park, Hacket Track access

Due to ongoing logging operations, visitors can expect to encounter logging trucks and heavy machinery on the first kilometre of the track at any time of the day or night until the end of June 2019.

First published on 13 January 2018. Last reviewed on 13 December 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.

 


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.

 


14 January 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 14 January 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. 

Ben Nevis walking access: Walking track access to Ben Nevis is open weekends only for 4WD vehicles. Watch for changing road and track conditions. Be aware of possible restrictions on this road on any day due to the risk of unstable material.

Access updates for Mt Richmond Forest Park

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

 


17 December 2018
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.

First published on 14 November 2018. Last reviewed on 17 December 2018.

 


14 January 2019
Locke Stream Hut
Damage to Harper Pass Track

The Taramakau River below Kiwi Hut has changed course and most of the track has been washed away – expect numerous random river crossings.

This is a long-term alert.

First published on 26 January 2018. Last reviewed on 14 January 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.

 


27 November 2018
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 November 2018.

 


2 November 2018
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 2 November 2018.

 


9 January 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 9 January 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.

 


17 December 2018
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.

First published on 14 November 2018. Last reviewed on 17 December 2018.

 


17 December 2018
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.

First published on 14 November 2018. Last reviewed on 17 December 2018.

 


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. 

Ben Nevis walking access: Walking track access to Ben Nevis is open weekends only for 4WD vehicles. Watch for changing road and track conditions. Be aware of possible restrictions on this road on any day due to the risk of unstable material.

Access updates for Mt Richmond Forest Park

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

Ben Nevis walking access: Walking track access to Ben Nevis is open weekends only for 4WD vehicles. Watch for changing road and track conditions. Be aware of possible restrictions on this road on any day due to the risk of unstable material.

Access updates for Mt Richmond Forest Park

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

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