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Tourists survive 8m drop

14 September 2015

A suspension bridge cable on the Lake Waikeremoana track failed on Thursday, dropping four German tourists more than eight metres into the Hopu Ruahine River. The tourists suffered scratches and bruises but are being well looked after, says Herb Christophers from the Department of Conservation. The failed bridge is at the top left of the picture. The water under the 65-metre span suspension bridge is two metres deep, and while the popular...

Forest Death

11 September 2015

Worksafe is investigating the death of a man in Tuhoe Forest, Waiohau in the early hours of Wednesday...

Upgrade for gravel road

10 September 2015

Tuhoe Te Uru Taumatua, Te Urewera Board and the Wairoa and Whakatane District Councils are working together to improve Te Urewera Road. The former SH38 is recognized as one of the country's most scenic routes and provides the only road access to Lake Waikaremoana and the remote communities within Te...

The Te Urewera Board has been forced to review its health and safety standards after a bridge on the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk failed while a group of tourists was crossing...

About 1pm on the 3rd September, four French trampers coming off the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk, fell into the river after a cable parted causing the Hopuruahine Suspension Bridge to tip. Deputy Director General of Conservation Mike Slater says “Thank goodness no one was badly hurt. In association with our Tuhoe partners, we will be making sure that these people are being well cared for and their needs are being met.” DOC staff...

Four tourists escaped major injury after they fell 8 metres when a cable on a bridge on the Lake Waikaremoana Track at Te Urewera gave way yesterday. The three women and one man, who the Department of Conservation (DoC) said were all French, plunged into the river below. A DoC spokesperson said one of the cables on the 65m-long Hopu Ruahine bridge "released" at 1pm yesterday. A senior bridge engineer has been sent to the scene...

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