Date: 28 January 2009
The Acheron Road through Molesworth Station will be closed from 7pm Monday 2 February unless enough rain falls before then to reduce the high fire risk in the area.
The open period for the public to travel the Acheron Road through the historic South Marlborough high country station is from 28 December till 1 April but the road can close at any time due to weather and road conditions.
The Department of Conservation, which manages Molesworth, will be monitoring the fire risk in the station and if it reduces the road may re-open during the current open season.
DOC South Marlborough Community Relations Programme Manager Colin Davis said early closure of the road was necessary to protect the station’s working farm and outstanding natural and historic features from fire.
“Movement of people and vehicles through the station increases the risk of a fire starting and fire could cause serious damage to the station’s cattle farm, its rare native plants and animals and its historic buildings.
“We regret the disappointment the early closure of the road causes to anyone who’d planned to make the trip through the station and now won’t be able to.”
To find out if the road is closed or open in the weeks up until the road closes for the season on 1 April, people can call the DOC South Marlborough Area Office on +64 3 572 9100 or check with visitor centres in the region.
Colin Davis, DOC South Marlborough Community Relations Programme Manager, ph +64 3 572 9100
Trish Grant, DOC Nelson/Marlborough communications advisor, ph +64 3 546 3146