The closure to our Waikaremoana Great Walk will stay in place for at least another fortnight to the end of July or until safe passage can be assured.
At this time the Te Urewera Biodiversity team is working to assess the damage to the Waikaremōana track and the time it will take to carry out repair work before the closure is lifted. Brown Elia, the Lake Waikaremoana Tribal Biodiversity Manager, says that the lake margin huts are accessible by boat users at this stage, but advises people to take care as there is still heavy snow in most areas. Other tracks in the area are also not usable, at Lake Waikareiti, Manuoha, and Whakatakaa, and it is likely that the same applies to most high altitude routes.
Road access has re-opened to Waikaremōana along State Highway 38 from Wairoa to Tūāi and Onepoto, and from the north via Ruatāhuna. People are encouraged to drive with care as snow is still visible on the roads and surrounding areas.
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