The Department of Conservation (DOC) is asking the public to be extra careful when heading outdoors, with widespread storm damage affecting many tracks and facilities in particular in the west and north of the South Island.
“The storms that battered many parts of the country in the lead-up to Easter have left extensive damage to public conservation land with tree windfall and landslips most severe in Nelson/Tasman and on the West Coast,” says DOC Recreation Manager Gavin Walker.
“We advise those planning to visit these areas to check the notices pages on the DOC website or, for the most comprehensive and up to date local information and advice, contact the nearest DOC office or visitor centre beforehand. Caution is required for all tracks and several (including the Heaphy and Copland) are closed.”
“The Department is still working to ascertain the full extent of the damage. If you are travelling in the backcountry and come across track damage, please report it to the local DOC office. Photos and grid references would be appreciated.”
Tree windfall on West Coast track