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Popular Wanaka tracks closed

The slip on the Rob Roy Track is substantial and will take a few months to repair. Photo: DOC Wanaka

The Department of Conservation has closed the Rob Roy Track in Mt Aspiring National Park at least until after the New Year.

DOC is in the process of preliminary re-routing the Rob Roy Track through an undercut track section that sits on the stepped area below the lower lookout. The section is at risk of collapse.

“At this stage we are unable to provide a completion date however it is anticipated that is will not occur until the New Year,” said Annette Grieve from DOC’s Central Otago/Wanaka office.

“We acknowledge that the closure of this track will be a significant inconvenience at what is a very busy time of year.  Every effort has been made to avoid the need to close the track, but unfortunately the re-routing of the track has proved to be the only option available.”

The Diamond Lake Track (Rocky Hill summit) also remains closed due to the ongoing risk of rockfall.

“A geotechnical assessment has been completed, with planning now underway to stabilise the area above the track, prior to a new track being constructed,” Grieve said. “It is anticipated that this work will be completed by mid-November.”

Another popular walking track near Wanaka, the Blue Pools walking track is being formed from the existing track to a new car park opposite the Cameron Flat campsite on SH6. Both the new track and car park are scheduled to be open by late November 2019.  The current car parking on SH6 will then be disestablished.