10km Gorge track still blocked
A section of the popular 10-kilometre track at the Manawatu Gorge remains closed more than four months after a slip.
The track was partially closed in September when a slip at the eastern end of the Te Apiti track made it too dangerous for public use.
Department of Conservation (DOC) Manawatu operations manager Allanah Irvine said a route had now been mapped around the slip and work on it was due to start at the end of January.
DOC engineers assessed the ground as unstable and signage was in place to inform people to steer clear, Irvine said.
Before the slips, about 10,000 people a year walked the full 10km track, she said.
It was unclear how many people had used the track in the past few months, but the gorge was still a popular destination with all other tracks still open, Irvine said.
‘‘In addition to the walking track slip, DOC also recommends caution on the Te Ara o Mahurangi mountain bike trail.
‘‘The trail is badly rutted on all the steep dropping corners, with bog holes in the wet guillies.’’
Repairs were planned for the first half of 2017, Irvine said.
There were also plans to extend the mountain bike trail to run the full length of the gorge track.
DOC was looking into the project, but Irvine said there were no definite plans or time frames set for completion.
The popular 10km Te Apiti track at the Manawatu Gorge remains partially closed after a slip in September.