There is damage to the slip-prone bank at Blue Bluff on the Ōtaki Gorge Road, 13 km inland from SH1.
Walk to Tararua Forest Park from Ōtaki Gorge Road
You can walk via a newly established emergency access track which starts 11 km from SH1.
Distance: 5 km one way
Time: 2 to 3 hours one way
Dogs: No dogs are allowed
Hunting: Firearms must be carried unloaded with ammunition stored safely away.
The track is steep and slippery in places. This temporary emergency access track has been made possible through private land, courtesy of the private landowners.
Directions to access emergency track
If coming from SH1
- Starting from SH1 follow the Ōtaki Gorge Road around 11 km until Shields Flat.
- 1.3 km after Shields Flat Carpark there is a marked gate on the right-hand side.
- Follow orange markers through the pine forest then a small section of the logging track before dropping down through native forest to re-join the Ōtaki Gorge Road.
If coming from Ōtaki Gorge/Parawai Lodge
- Follow Ōtaki Gorge Road out from Ōtaki Forks for around 2 km.
- Turn off to the left through private land on the marked dam track.
- Follow orange triangles and signage through native forest, along logging track then through the pine forest back onto Ōtaki Gorge Road.
- When on Ōtaki Gorge Road it’s 1.5 km to Shields Flat and around 11 km to SH1.
Roadside parking is available as well as at the Shields Flat carpark.