Impact of Cyclone Gabrielle
Archived content: This media release was accurate on the date of publication.
IntroductionCyclone Gabrielle severely impacted parts of the North Island. Many DOC facilities in the affected regions are closed.
Date: 29 March 2023
DOC facilities in affected areas closed
Fallen trees, flooding and landslips have caused widespread damage to bridges, huts, campgrounds and tracks across Northland, Auckland, Coromandel, Tairāwhiti/East Coast and Hawke’s Bay. Some DOC facilities are closed to the public.
There is significant damage from landslides and erosion on coastal walks throughout Northland, Auckland and Coromandel, including popular sites such as Te Henga Walkway and Cathedral Cove.
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- Check safety alerts for all regions
- Check the weather forecast
- What to do before, during and after a storm
Stay out of closed facilities
Do not visit tracks and places that are closed. There are major hazards such as slips, fallen trees and other track damage in the affected areas.
It will take time for DOC to understand the scale of the damage to tracks, huts, campsites and other facilities, and to make decisions on repairs.
Some sites will need initial checks, formal assessments and then full engineering inspections.
All closed facilities have an alert message saying they are closed. We will continue to update the DOC website on the status of DOC facilities.
Report damage to us
You can help by reporting track or facility damage through our online form. But before going onto conservation land make sure you check the website for alerts and don’t go into areas that are closed.