• Patrick McBride

Great Walks recovery on track

- The Paparoa Track, fully re-opening in October.

- Routeburn track and the full length of the Milford Track ready to re-open in time for the summer season.

The Paparoa's looking South

PHOTO: Patrick McBride.

The newest Great Walk in NZ will not be fully open again until October due to ongoing slip issues. The track has been an open and shut dilemma since the ribbon was cut last year but there is some light at the end of the tunnel.

Currently it is open to walkers from Punakaiki via the Pororari River Track to the Pororari Hut.

The latest slip needing attention was situated on an old section of the Inland Pack Track.

A geologist would be assessing the area this week.

Routeburn track

PHOTO: Kreig Leitchze.

Meanwhile vital conservation and visitor infrastructure destroyed by a severe flood event in Fiordland earlier this year is being rebuilt through a $13.7 million Budget 2020 investment, announced Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage.

“This investment will mean iconic Great Walks such as the Routeburn track and the full length of the Milford Track should be ready to re-open in time for the summer season. This means Kiwis can get out into nature, along with international visitors when it’s safe for borders to re-open,” Eugenie Sage said.

The three-day storm from 4 to 6 February sparked a major rescue operation as torrential rain and slips severely damaged huts and wiped out sections of track. More than 820 mm of rain fell in Fiordland during the storm, one tenth of the region’s average annual rainfall.

The Minister said It’s important to get the regions back up and running as soon as possible to help sustain local jobs and businesses and enable people to get out into nature and experience a spectacular part of Aotearoa again.



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