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DOC closes 31 kauri tracks

New cleaning stations have recently been installed at kauri tracks Photo: George Driver

DOC has announced it will permanently close 21 tracks and partially close a further 10 tracks to prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease.

The closures follow consultation on closing 45 tracks earlier this year. DOC said the majority of public submissions favoured closure.

In total, 11 tracks will be closed in the Hauraki area, six in Whangarei, six in Tauranga, four on the Kauri Coast, three in Great Barrier Island, and one in Waikato and Kaitaia.

Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage said the move was necessary to help slow or stop the spread of kauri dieback.

“I appreciate some people may be disappointed by the closure of a favourite track but I strongly encourage everyone do the right thing and respect the track closures to reduce the risk to kauri forests,” Sage said.

“Closures may be reconsidered in the future if additional science and other information provide certainty that public access would not cause any risk to kauri.”

The closures occur where there is high dieback risk, low visitor numbers and where the upgrade and maintenance costs are prohibitive, or a similar experience is available nearby.

DOC has already upgraded 54 high-priority tracks and closed 15 tracks and two reserves to prevent the spread of dieback. Sage said the department was looking at whether to upgrade or close the remaining tracks on kauri land which are yet to be upgraded.

It comes after the Walking Access Commission said kauri dieback presents the greatest threat to access in New Zealand’s history.

Track decision
Great Barrier Island
Whangaparapara Pack Track/Link Track Full closure
Whangaparapara Peak Track Full closure
Old Lady Walk Partial closure
Booms – Orange Peel Corner Track Partial Closure
Hihi Trig to Kopu Hikuai Road Summit Track Partial closure
Devcich Kauri Track Full closure
Hihi Stream to Motutapere Tt Full closure
Waipaheke Motorbike Track Full closure
Lynch Stream Tramping Track Partial closure
Maratoto 4×4 Road & Extreme Loop Partial closure
Moss Creek Camp-Pinnacles Hut/Hydro Camp Jn Partial closure
Twin Kauri Short Walk Partial closure
Wainora Tramping Track Partial closure
Wharekirauponga Walk Partial closure
Kauri Bush Track Full closure
Kauri Coast
Hukatere Track Full closure
Lookout Track Full closure
Toatoa Track Full closure
Tutamoe Track Full closure
Bluff Stream Kauri to Waitengaue Hut Track Full closure
Bluff Stream Kauri Track Full closure
Cashmores Clearing Track Full closure
Mangakino Stream Track (Dicky Track-County Rd) Full closure
Wairoa Stream Track Full closure
Te Rereatukahia Hut Track Partial closure
Kauri Route Te Kauri Park Full closure
Bratty's Bush Track Full closure
Cullen Road – Massey Road Full closure
Massey Road to SH 1 Full closure
Pukemoremore – southern section of Russell Full closure
Te Ranga Trig – northern section of Russell Full closure