New bridge for hot pools

Taupo Times - - FRONT PAGE -

ROBERT STEVEN O¯ tu­muheke Hot Stream is closed to swim­mers un­til June 20 while a re­place­ment bridge is put in.

The pop­u­lar Spa Park at­trac­tion is be­ing de­vel­oped by Taupo¯ District Coun­cil.

The new toi­let block and chang­ing room fa­cil­i­ties is al­ready in place. Con­trac­tors are now build­ing a view­ing plat­form on top of the block.

This week the ex­ist­ing bridge will be re­moved, leav­ing the bathing area clear of over­look­ers.

A wider, two-lane foot­bridge will be in­stalled fur­ther up the stream.

Fol­low­ing this, ter­raced seat­ing around the pub­lic bathing area will be put in.

The pools are be­ing closed to swim­mers be­cause heavy ma­chin­ery will be used to put in the new bridge.

Walk­ers on the Huka Falls track will still be able to con­tinue through to the Spa Park car park via a sign­posted by­pass route.

Taupo¯ District Coun­cil land­scape ar­chi­tect Fraser Scott said ero­sion, safety, and rub­bish is­sues will be ad­dressed by the de­vel­op­ment.

These is­sues have in­creased as vis­i­tor num­bers have risen, he said.

‘‘The new bathing area will be a real as­set to the Taupo¯ com­mu­nity.’’

The nat­u­ral hot springs are of cul­tural im­por­tance to lo­cal iwi as an his­toric bathing and meet­ing place, he said.

A rare species of na­tive fern also grows along­side the stream.

Con­struc­tion and land­scap­ing will con­tinue un­til July.

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