Proposal to close tracks to protect kauri: Consultations 2018

Te Matua Ngahere kauri
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Introduction

Have your say on a proposal to close various tracks in order to protect kauri. Submissions close 10 August 2018.

In 2014, the Government provided DOC with funding to manage the human spread of kauri dieback on tracks on public conservation land. This resulted in the Kauri Dieback Recreation Project.

As there is currently no proven cure or treatment for kauri dieback, we can only save kauri by stopping the disease from spreading. To achieve this, the project has taken the following approach:

  • Upgrading tracks to protect kauri roots and eliminate wet and muddy sections
  • Developing and installing cleaning stations
  • Introducing initiatives to change people’s behaviour, as the evidence shows that people are the main vector for the disease
  • Closing tracks

Track closures

The decision to propose track closures is not taken lightly, but has been considered in situations where there is:

  • high kauri dieback risk
  • low visitor use
  • high upgrade and ongoing maintenance costs
  • a similar experience provided in the vicinity.

Not all tracks will be fully closed. Partial closures are considered where we can close a section of track to protect the kauri there and still retain the experience.

View a map of the proposed track closures

How to submit

DOC would appreciate your feedback on these proposed track closures. Your response will be taken into consideration in the final decision-making process. Submisions close 10 August 2018.

Email your submission or related questions to: 
kauridieback@doc.govt.nz  

Tracks proposed for closure (full/partial) 

District office

Track

Recommendation

 Partial closure information

Rationale for closure

Hauraki

Maratoto 4x4 & Extreme Loop

Partial closure

Close the northern section of the extreme loop.
Upgrade track from the end of Wires Road to Wentworth Falls Walk.

  • High upgrade cost.
  • A motorised recreation opportunity is still retained.

Hauraki

Waipaheke Motorbike Track

Close

 

  • High upgrade cost versus low visitor use.

Tauranga

Bluff Stream Kauri Track

Close

 

  • Topography is difficult (gorges) for a realigned track option to avoid kauri. 
  • The current alignment traverses Maori land.

Bay of Islands

Kauri Grove Walk

Close

 

  • High risk vector site - symptomatic kauri
  • Low visitor use.
  • High upgrade cost versus low visitor use.
  • Supports the existing Rāhui in the Russell Forest.

Bay of Islands

Omahuta Kauri Sanctuary Walk

Close

 

  • High risk - within 3500m of a positive site.
  • Low visitor use
  • High upgrade cost versus low visitor use.

Bay of Islands

Twin Bole Kauri

Close

 

  • High risk vector site - symptomatic kauri
  • Low visitor use.
  • High upgrade cost versus low visitor use.
  • Supports the existing Rāhui in the Russell Forest.

Great Barrier Island

Old Lady Walk

Partial Closure

Upgrade the remaining section of track. 

Close track from the lookout on the loop section down to the main track.

  • The track to the lookout is still retained.

Great Barrier Island

Whangaparapara Pack Track/Link Track

Close

 

  • High upgrade cost versus low visitor use.
  • Track is already closed due to a slip.
  • Track is deemed excess to requirements.
  • Alternative tracks are available.

Great Barrier Island

Whangaparapara Peak Track

Close

 

  • Low visitor use
  • High upgrade cost versus low visitor use.
  • Track traverses across kauri roots and has poor drainage.
  • Alternative tracks available.

Hauraki

Booms - Orange Peel Corner Track

Partial Closure

Upgrade track from the Wainora Tramping Track intersection down to the Whangatiterenga to Booms Track intersection.  

Close track from the Whangaiterenga to Booms Track intersection down to Kauaeranga Road.

  • The parallel Whangaiterenga to Booms Track provides a good alternative as there is no kauri on this track.
  • Access to Crosbies Hut is still retained.

Hauraki

Devcich Kauri Track

Close

 

  • Low visitor use of this short off-shoot track.

Hauraki

Hihi Stream to Motutapere Tt

Close

 

  • Low visitor use
  • High upgrade cost versus low visitor use.

Hauraki

Hihi Trig to Kopu Hikuai Road Summit Track

Partial Closure

Upgrade track from the entrance on Kopu Road to the Kaitarahihi Summit.

Close track past the Kaitarahihi Summit to the Hihi-Kopu Hikuai/Paton Stream Junction.

  • The experience of the summit /view is retained.

Hauraki

Lynch Stream Tramping Track

Partial Closure

Keep open the beach section of track.  Close track from the Whenuakite Loop Track intersection to the beach.

  • Low visitor use
  • High upgrade cost versus low visitor use.
  • Alternative access to the beach is still available.

Hauraki

Moss Creek Camp-Pinnacles Hut/Hydro Camp Jn

Partial Closure

Upgrade track from the Rangihau Track intersection to the Hydro Camp to Pinnacles Hut track intersection.

Close track from the Rangihau Track intersection to Moss Creek Camp intersection.

  • High cost to upgrade the whole track.
  • Access to the Pinnacles Hut is still retained.

Hauraki

Twin Kauri Short Walk

Partial Closure

Upgrade track to the twin kauri trees. 

Close track after the twin kauri trees.

  • High cost to upgrade the whole track.
  • The experience of the twin kauri trees is retained.

Hauraki

Wainora Tramping Track

Partial Closure

Upgrade track from the Karaka TT intersection to the Booms-Orange Peel Corner Track intersection.  

Close track from the Booms-Orange Peel Corner Track intersection to the Wainora Kauri Grove / Cookson Kauri Walk. 

  • High cost to upgrade the whole track.
  • Alternative tracks to Crosbie Hut are available.

Hauraki

Wharekirauponga Walk

Partial Closure

Upgrade track from the entrance to the junction with the loop, then continue on the northern part of the loop to the suspension bridge. 
Close track from the suspension bridge back to the loop junction.

  • High cost to upgrade the whole track.
  • The experience of the waterfall and historic sites are retained.
Kaitaia Kauri Bush Track Close  

 

  • Low visitor use.
  • High upgrade cost versus low visitor use.
  • Alternative tracks are available.

 

Kauri Coast

Hukatere Track

Close

 

  • Low visitor use.
  • High upgrade cost versus low visitor use.

Kauri Coast

Lookout Track

Close

 

  • High risk vector site - symptomatic kauri and confirmed kauri dieback within 1km.
  • High upgrade cost.
  • An alternative track to the Look-out is being developed so the experience is retained.

Kauri Coast

Toatoa Track

Close

 

  • Low visitor use.
  • High upgrade cost versus low visitor use.

Kauri Coast

Tutamoe Track

Close

 

  • Low visitor use.
  • Alternative tracks in the District.

Tauranga

Bluff Stream Kauri to Waitengaue Hut Track

Close

 

  • Low visitor use.
  • High upgrade cost versus low visitor use.

Tauranga

Cashmores Clearing Track

Close

 

  • Low visitor use.
  • No longer has the original destination of the hut.

Tauranga

Mangakino Stream Track (Dicky Track-County Rd)

Close

 

  • Link track with no specific destination.
  • Alternative tracks available in the vicinity.

Tauranga

Te Rereatukahia Hut Track

Partial Closure

Close track from the entrance to the Wharawhara Link Track intersection.
Upgrade track
from the Wharawhara Link Track intersection to the end of the track (Cashmores to Te Rereatukahia / Nth-Sth Track intersection). 

  • Expensive to upgrade the whole track.
  • Access to the Te Rereatukahia hut is still available via alternative tracks.

Tauranga

Wairoa Stream Track

Close

 

  • Low visitor use.
  • High upgrade cost versus low visitor use.

Waikato

Kauri Route, Te Kauri Park

Close

 

  • Low visitor use.
  • High upgrade cost versus low visitor use.
  • Protection of the southernmost naturally accruing kauri grove. 

Whangarei

Bratty's Bush Track

Close

 

  • Low visitor use.
  • High upgrade cost versus low visitor use.

Whangarei

Cullen Road – Massey Road

Close

 

  • Low visitor use.
  • Link track to the Massey Road to SH1 track which also proposed for closure.

Whangarei

Massey Road to SH 1

Close

 

  • Low visitor use.
  • High upgrade cost versus low visitor use.

Whangarei

Pukemoremore - southern section of Russell

Close

 

  • High risk vector site – confirmed kauri dieback
  • Rāhui in place.
  • Low visitor use.
  • High upgrade cost versus low visitor use.

Whangarei

Te Ranga Trig - northern section of Russell

Close

 
  • Low visitor numbers
  • High upgrade cost versus low visitor use.
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