23 September 2022. For the latest updates, please visit www.doc.govt.nz
Notice! Important notice to visitors.
Golden Bay Area – Wainui Falls Track – Closed
Wainui Falls Track is closed due to a series of slips and washouts.
Road closure - SH60 Tākaka Hill resurfacing
Overnight, from Sunday 2 October to Thursday 20 October, Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency will close a section of State Highway 60 Tākaka Hill, between Riwaka Valley Road, Riwaka and Aaron Creek Road, Upper Tākaka, to undertake pavement (road) resurfacing works. Alongside this, we will also do other road maintenance work, such as water channel clearing.
The road will be closed overnight, Sunday to Thursday nights, between 8.00 pm and 5.30 am from the evening of Sunday 2 October until the morning of Friday 21 October. If weather or unforeseen circumstances interfere with the planned works, the closure may be extended by three nights, from Tuesday, 25 October to the morning of Friday, 28 October.
The road will be opened at 1.00 am each night for traffic queued at the two road closure points: Aaron Creek Road and Riwaka Valley Road. For road users who wish to travel over Tākaka Hill at the 1.00 am opening, vehicles need to be at the Aaron Creek Road closure point by 12.30 am or at the Riwaka Valley Road road closure point by 1.00 am.
Abel Tasman National Park - Coast Track - temporary partial closures
Most of Abel Tasman Coast Track is open but some sections remain closed due to storm damage, which we are working to repair. Alternative routes are available for experienced trampers around some sections.
Storm damage has also caused road access issues between Wainui and Totaranui from Golden Bay. Visit the Tasman District Council website (external site) for road closures before you travel.
Abel Tasman Coast Track – Totaranui Camp – road access issues
- Roads to Totaranui Campground and Awaroa are currently closed.
- Contractors are making good progress on repairs and expect to have the roads open to the public by 16th September 2022 if not before.
- During this period Totaranui campground is accessible by boat or can be reached via the northern Abel Tasman tracks.
- Check the Tasman District Council website for up-to-date information on road works and closures in the Golden Bay area.
Abel Tasman Coast Track. Partial closures:
- Northern end of track (Golden Bay) has limited vehicle access due to road damage. Check TDC Website for Road Works and Closures for up-to-date information.
- All beaches and marine access remain open to kayaks and boats
Huts and Camps
All huts and campsites along the Abel Tasman Coast Track are open, but the only access to some huts and campsites is via the sea in a boat or kayak.
Visitors can experience the track through our concessionaires, who are offering a range of kayaking, water taxi, cruise and walking options. Water taxis are still operating in both directions.
- Coquille Bay to Anchorage (Coast Track)
- High-tide track Anchorage to Torrent Bay, including Cleopatra’s Pool Track
- Bark Bay Hut to Medlands Beach
- Tonga Quarry to Onetahuti
- Mārahau to Anchorage inland route - experienced trampers can use a diversion via the Inland Track. This has steep gradients, uneven surfaces and a 6-hour walking timeframe should be allowed between Mārahau and Anchorage
- Pitt Head loop track
- Low tide crossing Anchorage to Torrent Bay
- Torrent Bay to Medlands Beach
- Bark Bay to Tonga Quarry
- Onetahuti to Wainui
Abel Tasman Coast Track – Onetahuti Beach – Possible stream crossing
A stream has diverted across the beach just past the Onetahuti Camp, going north from Onetahuti. At high tide, the stream could be as deep as 1.5m in the middle and approximately 20m across.
Visitors who prefer not to wade should try to plan their trip within 4 hours on either side of low tide. Where this is not possible, wait and cross when the water is down to a comfortable level and allow for extra time.
Red–alert tide dates (highest perigean-spring high tides) for 2022 Nelson/Tasman: 30 October, 26-29 November, 25-29 December.
Kahurangi National Park - Cobb Road - closed again
The Cobb Road, giving access to Kahurangi National Park and the huts of Fenella, Sylvester, Balloon, Trilobite and Salisbury Lodge is now closed again.
Tasman District Council are due to reassess the closure on Monday 5 September.
Kahurangi National Park - Kaituna Track - temporary closure
The Kaituna Track has been temporarily closed following a number of slips. The track now has multiple hazards and it is important for visitors not to try and cross the slips.
Nelson Region - Cable Bay Walkway - temporary closure
Cable Bay Walkway, close to Nelson City, has been closed due to numerous slips and slumps on the track. The walkway crosses a working farm and stock has been impacted by the recent extreme weather event. This means that the track may not re-open for some time.