Introduction

Get a list of the tracks DOC closed during its October 2018 consultation to prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease.

Highlights

A consultation process was held to decide what tracks would be closed, and the decision to fully or partially close the tracks below was announced in October 2018. 

Note: this is not a definitive list of all track closures due to kauri dieback. Check track pages for the latest kauri dieback alerts.

Full list of track closures
District office Track Final decision Partial closure details Rationale

Great Barrier Island

Whangaparapara Pack Track/Link Track

Full closure from 31 January 2018

 

  • Kauri protection - large numbers of kauri.
  • Track is within 4000m of positive site. 
  • Track is already closed due to a slip.
  • Historic values are low - there are better historic experiences available.
  • There are alternative tracks available in the vicinity.

Great Barrier Island

Whangaparapara Peak Track

Full closure from 31 January 2019

 

  • Kauri protection - large numbers of kauri.
  • Steep climb with not much of a view.
  • Track traverses across kauri roots.

Great Barrier Island

Old Lady Walk

Partial closure from 31 January 

  • Close track from the lookout on the loop section down to the main track.
  • Upgrade the remaining section of track.
  • Kauri protection - the closed section of track protects large numbers of kauri.
  • The track to the lookout is still retained.

Hauraki

Booms - Orange Peel Corner Track

Partial closure from November 2018

  • Close track from the Whangaiterenga to Booms Track intersection down to Kauaeranga Road.
  • Upgrade track from the Wainora Tramping Track intersection down to the Whangaiterenga to Booms Track intersection.
  • Kauri protection.
  • There are two track options and we are proposing using the Whangaiterenga to Booms track as it has no kauri on it.
  • Access to Crosbies Hut is still retained.

Hauraki

Hihi Trig to Kopu Hikuai Road Summit Track

Partial closure from November 2018

  • Close track past the Kaitarahihi Summit to the Hihi-Kopu Hikuai/Paton Stream Junction.
  • Upgrade track from the entrance on Kopu Road to the Kaitarahihi Summit.
  • Partial closure of this track protects kauri while still retaining the experience to the summit.

Hauraki

Devcich Kauri Track

Full closure from October 2018

 

  • Short off-shoot track with a large kauri that is half-dead and rotting.

Hauraki

Hihi Stream to Motutapere Tt

Full closure from October 2018

 

  • Kauri protection - ancient kauri stands.
  • Very wet and muddy
  • Alternative  available via the Billy Goat track.

Hauraki

Waipaheke Motorbike Track

Full closure from November 2018

 

  • Kauri protection
  • High upgrade cost versus low visitor use.

Hauraki

Lynch Stream Tramping Track

Partial closure from October 2018

  • Close track from the Whenuakite Loop Track intersection to the beach.
  • Retain section of track along the beach.
  • Kauri protection -  dense kauri stands.
  • High risk - kauri dieback has been positively identified nearby.

Hauraki

Maratoto 4x4 Road & Extreme Loop

Partial closure from November 2018

  • Close the northern section of the extreme loop.
  • Upgrade track from the end of Wires Road to Wentworth Falls Walk.
  • Kauri protection.
  • A motorised recreation opportunity is still retained.

Hauraki

Moss Creek Camp-Pinnacles Hut/Hydro Camp Jn

Partial closure from November 2018

  • Close track from the Rangihau Track intersection to Moss Creek Camp intersection.
  • Upgrade track from the Rangihau Track intersection to the Hydro Camp to Pinnacles Hut track intersection.
  • Kauri protection.
  • High cost to upgrade the whole track due to the extremely wet and muddy sections.
  • Access to the Pinnacles Hut is still retained.

Hauraki

Twin Kauri Short Walk

Partial closure frm October 2018

  • Close track after the twin kauri trees.
  • Upgrade track to the twin kauri trees.
  • Kauri protection.
  • The experience of the twin kauri trees is retained.

Hauraki

Wainora Tramping Track

Partial closure from October 2018

  • Close track from the Booms-Orange Peel Corner Track intersection to the Wainora Kauri Grove / Cookson Kauri Walk.
  • Upgrade track from the Karaka TT intersection to the Booms-Orange Peel Corner Track intersection. 
  • Kauri protection.
  • Alternative tracks to Crosbie Hut are available.
  • High cost to upgrade the whole track due to the wet and muddy sections.

Hauraki

Wharekirauponga Walk

Partial closure from November 2018

  • Close track from the suspension bridge back to the loop junction.
  • Upgrade track from the entrance to the junction with the loop, then continue on the northern part of the loop to the suspension bridge. 
  • Kauri protection.
  • The experience of the waterfall and historic sites are retained.

Kaitaia

Kauri Bush Track

Full closure from 6 November 2018

 

  • Kauri protection - the most northern stand of kauri.
  • High upgrade cost versus low visitor use.
  • Alternative tracks are available in the vicinity.

Kauri Coast

Hukatere Track

Full closure from 30 November 2018

 

  • Kauri protection.
  • High upgrade cost versus low visitor use.

Kauri Coast

Lookout Track

Full closure from 30 November 2018

 

  • Kauri protection.
  • High risk vector site - symptomatic kauri and confirmed kauri dieback within 1km.
  • An alternative track to the Lookout is being built so the experience is retained.

Kauri Coast

Toatoa Track

Full closure from 30 November 2018

 

  • Kauri protection.
  • High upgrade cost versus low visitor use.

Kauri Coast

Tutamoe Track

Full closure from 30 November 2018

 

  • Kauri protection.
  • Low visitor use.
  • Alternative tracks are available in the District.

Tauranga

Bluff Stream Kauri to Waitengaue Hut Track

Full closure from 28 November 2018

 

  • Kauri protection.

Tauranga

Bluff Stream Kauri Track

Full closure from 26 November 2018

 

  • Kauri protection.
  • A realignment option was investigated but unsuccessful due to the  challenging topography and inability to avoid kauri.
  • Track has land tenure complications as it traverses private land.

Tauranga

Cashmores Clearing Track

Full closure from 23 November 2018

 

  • Kauri protection.
  • No longer has the original destination of the Cashmores hut.
  • There are alternative tracks available.

Tauranga

Mangakino Stream Track (Dicky Track-County Rd)

Full closure from 22 November 2018

 

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

Tauranga

Wairoa Stream Track

Full closure from 20 November 2018

 

  • Kauri protection.
  • Alternative tracks available.

Tauranga

Te Rereatukahia Hut Track

Partial closure from 15 November 2018

  • Upgrade track from the  Wharawhara Link Track intersection to the end of the track (Cashmores to Te Rereatukahia / Nth-Sth Track intersection).
  • Close track from the entrance to the Wharawhara Link Track intersection.
  • Kauri protection - most dense kauri stand.
  • A realignment option was investigated but was not viable.
  • Access to the Te Rereatukahia hut is still available via alternative tracks.

Waikato

Kauri Route, Te Kauri Park

Full closure from 17 October 2018

 

  • Kauri protection - protection of the southernmost naturally accruing kauri grove.
  • High upgrade cost versus low visitor use.

Whangārei

Bratty's Bush Track

Full closure from 5 November 2018

 

  • Kauri protection.
  • High upgrade cost versus low visitor use.

Whangārei

Cullen Road – Massey Road

Full closure from 20 November 2018

 

  • This track is included for closure as it is the link track between the Langsview Track and Massey Road - SH1 Track which is being closed.

Whangārei

Massey Road to SH 1

Full closure from 20 November 2018

 

  • Kauri protection.
    Track does not follow the legal road alignment and sections are on private land.
  • Track goes through a production forest and is closed regularly due to logging.

Whangārei

Pukemoremore - southern section of Russell

Full closure from January 2019

 

  • Kauri protection.
  • High risk - infected forest.
  • Track has been closed due to kauri dieback.
  • Rāhui in place.
  •  Agreement reached with Te Araroa Trail to use an alternative route.

Whangārei

Te Ranga Trig - northern section of Russell

Full closure from January 2019

 

  • Kauri protection.
  • High risk site - links to the infected Punaruku Valley which has a rāhui in place.
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