Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Track opening will depend on volcanic activity

Press Release

August 8

Track opening will depend on volcanic activity

The Department of Conservation says it is working to re-open the tracks and huts on Mount Tongariro as soon as conditions become safer and the extent of damage can be assessed.

But DOC says it is too early to say when trampers will be allowed back on the popular Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

DOC staff have today flown over the site of the eruption on Mount Tongariro with GNS experts to get their first look at the aftermath of the volcanic eruption.

Staff used the flight to check the damage caused to the Ketetahi Hut and the Tongariro Alpine Crossing track.

DOC’s Ruapehu Area Manager Nic Peet says DOC is liaising closely with GNS specialists and local iwi over decisions to re-open tracks and huts around Mt Tongariro.

He says tomorrow at 8am DOC will reopen the Tama Lakes track from Whakapapa Village to Waihohonu Hut and also the Taranaki Falls loop.

“This will open a trans alpine walk which includes some of the most visited day walks in Tongariro National Park. It will be good to get people back into this part of the park. “

However the main Tongariro Alpine Crossing track, which in parts passes within a kilometre of the eruption site, will remain closed for the time being.

“We need to be satisfied the volcanic threat has eased before this track re-opens and we will take advice from the GNS experts on this.

“We are keen to get people back onto the Tongariro Crossing but we need to make sure the volcano has settled down first.”

Nic Peet says debris from the eruption has dammed three small tributaries of the Mangatipua Stream and DOC in conjunction with GNS need to check the risk this water build-up poses to downstream bridges and culverts.

Nic Peet says DOC also faces significant work in assessing the damage to the track and Ketetahi Hut.

Nic Peet says today’s inspection has confirmed the impact of the eruption is localised to Mount Tongariro within the Tongariro National Park.

He says Mt Ruapehu and its skifields are unaffected by the eruption and checks on the Tongariro River indicate little impact from the ashfall.


Maps of the track are attached.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Populism’s Changing Of The Guard, Plus A Soul Music Playlist

The weekend’s Newshub/Reid Research poll results - Act up to 11.1%, National up 1% but still sitting at only 28.7%, Labour down to 43%, the Greens up to 8.5% - shows that the combined centre right vote is still languishing nearly 12 points behind the combined centre-left vote, 45 months after the last centre-right government was voted out... More>>


Finance: Finance Minister And RBNZ Governor Agree To Update MOU On Macro-prudential Policy

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr have updated the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on macro-prudential policy to further protect the financial system and support the Government’s housing objectives... More>>

Government: Offers Formal Apology For Dawn Raids
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has today formally apologised to Pacific communities impacted by the Dawn Raids in the 1970s.

Between 1974 and 1976, a series of rigorous immigration policies were carried out that resulted in targeted raids on the homes of Pacific families... More>>

Government: Bill Introduced To Protect Against Conversion Practices

Legislation has been introduced to Parliament to protect against practices intended to change or suppress someone’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression... More>>


Human Rights Commission: Successive Governments Responsible For Massive Breaches Of The Right To A Decent Home

Te Kahu Tika Tangata / Human Rights Commission has today launched Framework Guidelines on the Right to a Decent Home in Aotearoa and announced that it will hold a national inquiry into housing... More>>

NZUS Council: Welcomes Nomination Of Senator Tom Udall As US Ambassador To NZ

The NZUS Council welcomes the nomination of Senator Tom Udall to the role of US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, NZUS Council executive director Jordan Small said... More>>

BusinessNZ: Visa Extensions Welcomed
BusinessNZ has welcomed the extension of some critical skill visa durations and changes to immigration systems to speed processing. Chief Executive Kirk Hope says move acknowledges advocacy by the hospitality sector, the BusinessNZ Network and others, and comes not a moment too soon.... More>>




InfoPages News Channels