Introduction

The aftermath of Cyclone Fehi is bringing severe weather over much of New Zealand. The risk of floods, landslides and falling branches on conservation areas is high.

Date:  02 February 2018

Update: 5.45 pm

Significant storm damage has affected many regions, particularly in Nelson, Tasman and on the West Coast of the South Island. More potentially bad weather is forecast for Monday 5 February.

The adverse weather has affected many DOC tracks and structures. An assessment of the extent of damage will be done as soon as the weather permits and any information about damaged huts or tracks will be added to our alerts section.

Reports of damage so far in the Buller, Greymouth and Hokitika Districts suggest that damage to DOC tracks and facilities in these places is relatively limited.

The cyclone appears to have hit coastal areas more severely than inland places.

Because we have limited communication with South Westland, we can’t provide an update to what is known about track and facility damage. The Franz and Fox Glacier Valleys are closed.

Over the next few days as power is returned to South Westland we’ll know more about the damage there and we’ll be able to provide some information about what will be done to start making repairs.

DOC is supporting the civil defence effort and working closely with local authorities.

People wanting to visit and walk tracks and stay in campgrounds in the Hokitika and Grey districts will be able to do so.

  • Great Walk Tracks:
    • Milford Track has reopened.
    • Kepler Track has reopened.
    • Routeburn Track has reopened.
    • Heaphy track has reopened
    • Parts of the Abel Tasman Coast Track are damaged with Bark Bay campsite severely affected.
  • Other popular tracks
    • Rees - Dart Track impassable. Road closed.
  • DOC offices in Buller (Westport), Fox Franz Josef and Haast are closed.  Access along State Highway 6 is limited.
  • DOC offices in Hokitika and Greymouth are  open. 

New Zealand weather can change quickly. Check MetService for weather forecasts

For safety in the outdoors see know before you go.

If you see sick, injured or dead wildlife call our emergency hotline 0800 DOCHOT (0800 362 468).

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