Canterbury hut and track closures update
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IntroductionIn the aftermath of Saturday’s earthquake DOC is checking the safety of tracks and huts in the Canterbury area and asks that the public stays away from these until the all clear is given.
Date: 07 September 2010
In the aftermath of Saturday’s earthquake the Department of Conservation (DOC) is checking the safety of tracks and huts in the Canterbury area and asks that the public stays away from these until the all clear is given.
In particular Sharplin Falls Track and Staveley Lime Kiln in the Raukapuka Area are both closed. In Mahaanui Area Ōtukaikino Reserve, Mt Herbert Walkway, Ōtamahua/Quail and Ripapa islands and several areas within Godley Head (including the tunnel) are closed to the public. An inspection programme is underway that will determine whether other facilities need closing.
“Like many in Christchurch, we have a big task ahead in ensuring that all our facilities are safe for public use. In addition we are offering assistance to emergency services and civil defence teams.” said DOC Canterbury Conservator Mike Cuddihy.
“We ask that people please stay out of harm’s way and treat all visitor sites in Canterbury with caution over the next week.”
DOC’s Canterbury Conservancy Office in Hereford Street will be closed until it has been fully checked for safety. All other DOC Canterbury Area offices are open.