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Wanaka’s Diamond Lake Track reopens

Work carried out by DOC on the damaged section of track in Diamond Lake Conservation Area, Wanaka. Photo: Supplied

Diamond Lake Track near Wanaka will reopen this weekend following extensive repair work.

The track has been closed since May after heavy rain caused substantial rockfall within the Diamond Lake Conservation Area, forcing the closure of the tracks.

Following a geotechnical assessment, the stabilising of the landslip was able to be completed by industrial abseilers.

“DOC staff have put in a big effort over the past week to clear the track of remaining debris and reinstate the damaged section of track, allowing us to be able to open it sooner than expected,” said senior ranger Annette Grieve. “Staff also used the closure as an opportunity to undertake annual maintenance of the tracks.

“We appreciate people’s patience while this work has been undertaken to ensure the safety of all users.

“Signage will remain in-place on the track to warn users that small rocks may dislodge during heavy rain events.”

Download maps and route notes for Diamond Lake Conservation Area here

Other tracks in the Wanaka area remain closed. The opening of the new Blue Pools car park and link track has been delayed until mid-December.  The existing car park and track remain open to the public.

Options are still being considered for the Rob Roy Track.  Timing for the opening of a temporary track should be known by early December.