Alerts and Important Information
weather warning - issued july 11 2017
Snow is expected to cloak some parts of Te Urewera from the afternoon of Wednesday July 11th through to Thursday July 12th. It’s likely that snow will fall in high altitude areas in Southern Te Urewera (possibly down to 500 metres) and it’s possible that parts of Northern Te Urewera may receive snow as well. Even if it doesn’t snow ,Te Urewera will be cold.
Cold wind, showers and rain (possibly heavy) are also predicted for Te Urewera from Wednesday morning right through until Saturday.
Consider postponing your trip. If you decide to proceed with your visiting of Te Urewera, be sure to check the latest weather forecast, prepare for cold/wet weather (pack food, water, warm clothes, sleeping bag, emergency blanket, PLB, cellphone, etc) and be prepared for impassable tracks, track damage and tree fall.
Also, for those driving during this period, especially around Waikaremoana & Ruatahuna, be sure to take it easy on the road and prepare for icy, and possibly even snowy conditions.
For the latest weather updates:
For the latest roading updates:
Whakatane District Council - https://www.whakatane.govt.nz/services/roads-and-footpaths/local-road-report
Wairoa District Council - http://www.wairoadc.govt.nz/services/roading/
New Zealand Transport Authority - http://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/?layers=road-closures
TE UREWERA TRACKS AND HUTS
All Te Urewera catchments received significant amounts of rainfall from Ex-Cyclone Debbie resulting in many rivers exceeding historic peak flood levels. This combined with the extreme wind from Ex-Cyclone Cook, has resulted in widespread track damage and tree fall. We recommend that people take care while interacting with Te Urewera, be prepared for impassable tracks, track damage and tree fall. Te Urewera is a dynamic environment that changes constantly, please see updates of known hazards:
Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk - seven sections are closed and three sections are open
Ø Sections between Korokoro Campsite and Hopurahine are closed due to bridge and track damage (slips, track erosion, treefall, etc).
Ø Sections between Onepoto and Korokoro Campsite are open.
Ø All Great Walk huts, shelters and facilities are still accessible by boat.
The huts, shelters and facilities located along the closed section of track can still be booked; however, bookings cannot be made online. Booking must be made by contacting Te Urewera Visitor Centre. Contact details below:
Te Urewera Visitor Centre
Te Kura Whenua
6249 Lake Rd, Te Urewera
06 837 3803
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Six foot track - one section is open with caution and four sections are open.
Ø The section between Tawhana and Te Panaa is open with caution. There are two slips. One slip (nearest to Tawhana) has over 100m of the original track completely gone. Both slips will require people to exercise caution and to use off track skills and abilities to safely navigate around these new features.
Ø All other sections of the track are open.
Whakatane Valley Track - two sections are open with caution, two sections are open and some sections have not yet been inspected.
Ø Sections between Waikirikiri and Waikare Junction Hut are open with caution. The Southern exit from Okohau stream/Whakatane river confluence has been compromised by a slip. Previous access on this section by horse is now no longer a safe option. Please consider this when planning your trip, especially if the river is in flood.
Ø Waikare Junction Bridge is closed until further notice due to flood damage. Access is possible by crossing the Waikare River but only if the flows allow, plan your trip accordingly and stay within the limits of your abilities.
Ø All other sections are open but some sections have not yet been inspected.
Nutuoha Nature Walk/Grannies Track - one section closed and one section open.
Ø Western section closed due to a slip.
Ø Eastern section open.
All weather access to Onepu Track - open with caution.
Ø This track is open with caution. The track is navigable with a diversion around a significant slip on the track.
Ø Lances Hut has been removed due to erosion and offers no shelter or any facility to users at all. Please plan your trip with this in mind and take a temporary means of shelter with you.
Ø Midway Hut has been burnt to the ground and offers no shelter or any facility to users at all. Please plan your trip with this in mind and take a temporary means of shelter with you.
Refer to the Map of Te Urewera to for specific track and hut locations.
ACCESSING TE UREWERA
CLOSED HUNTING AREAS AT ALL TIMES
· Puketukutuku Peninsula (Waikaremoana)
· Pukehou (Waikaremoana)
· Whareama (Waikaremoana)
· Waikareiti (Waikaremoana)
· Waikaremoana Great Walk (Waikaremoana)
· Otamatuna (Waimana)
Refer to the Map of Te Urewera for more information
MYRTLE RUST - BIODIVERSITY RISK TO TE UREWERA
Myrtle Rust is a plant based disease that can be detrimental to the wellbeing of plants that belong to the Myrtaceae family. It has been found on Raoul Island 1100km north of Cape Reinga, on the east coast of Australia and has now made its way to New Zealand, recently discovered in a Northland nursery on the 02/05/2017. There are currently 46 confirmed myrtle rust finds: 39 in Taranaki, 4 in Northland, 2 in Waikato and 1 new find in Bay of Plenty. The affected sites vary greatly e.g. private land, nurseries, public land, orchards.
What is it?
Myrtle Rust is a fungus which attacks only plants from the Myrtaceae family. This includes New Zealand native plants such as Pohutukawa, Rata, Manuka, Kanuka, Ramarama, Rohutu and Swamp maire. It also attacks introduced plants including feijoa, eucalypts and bottle-brush.
It is important that we learn how to identify the fungus to determine if it has arrived to Te Urewera. It attacks the leaves and can suppress flowering and seed development on many of the host plants. Repeated infections can kill, although it is yet to be seen how it affects plants in New Zealand – it appears to affect some plants differently depending on the country it is found in.
TUT considers the situation extremely serious and is monitoring the spread and risk of the disease.
Being a fungus it is controllable in a small infection by application of a fungicide spray, but it is not possible to control a large outbreak by that manner. This means unfortunately, that an outbreak in Te Urewera may not be able to be eliminated or controlled.
TE KURA WHENUA WINTER HOURS
The Te Urewera Visitor Centre at Lake Waikaremoana - Te Kura Whenua - has new winter hours and is now open Tuesdays - Saturdays: 8am to 4.30pm. Rowboat hire on Lake Waikareiti will be limited to these days. For further information call Te Kura Whenua on 06 837 3803