Date: 15 November 2019
The Diamond Lake track has been closed since May after heavy rain caused substantial rockfall within the Diamond Lake Conservation Area, forcing the closure of the tracks.
Following a geotechnical assessment, the stabilising of the landslip was completed by industrial abseilers last week.
DOC Central Otago acting operations manager Anita Middlemiss says DOC staff have put in a big effort, particularly over the past week to clear the track of remaining debris and reinstate the damaged section of track.
“The reopening of the track has been a priority. We had thought it might take until the end of November to clear and reopen the track but we are pleased to be able to open it sooner than expected due to the considerable effort our staff have put in - not helped by the inclement weather.”
Staff also used the closure as an opportunity to undertake annual maintenance of the tracks.
“We appreciate people’s patience while this work has been undertaken to ensure the safety of all users.
“We’re delighted the public can enjoy these tracks once again in a much safer environment, and we thank you for all your patience while this work was underway”.
DOC acknowledges OPUS, Cliffcare (abseilers) and Aspiring Helicopters for their assistance.
Signage will remain in place on the track to warn users that small rocks may dislodge during heavy rain events.
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