Date: 15 March 2013
The Eastern Bay of Plenty is now an extreme fire risk. For public safety the Department of Conservation, in conjunction with the Whakatane District Council, have closed the Nga Tapuwae o Toi Walkway tracks through Ohope Scenic Reserve.
"The closure will stay in force until we get some significant rainfall", says Deputy Principal Rural Fire Officer, Malcolm Smith. "We thank the public for their co-operation and look forward to some well overdue rainfall".
Nga Tapuwae o Toi Walkway is 16 kilometres of walkway on the outskirts of Whakatane includes three major scenic reserves and a historic reserve. The walkway passes through native and exotic forest, and along coastline and riverbank.
The walkway crosses Kohi Point Scenic Reserve, Ohope Beach, travels through the Ohope Scenic Reserve pohutukawa forest, across remnants of native forest to the regenerating flora of Mokoroa Bush Scenic Reserve.
Deputy Principal Rural Fire Officer
Phone: +64 6 8690460 or +64 27 4998 527