Otago Daily Times

Rob Roy track reopens after path undercut

MT ASPIRING

- KERRIE WATERWORTH kerrie.waterworth@odt.co.nz

ONE of Mt Aspiring National Park’s most popular day walks has finally reopened after being closed to hikers for more than 18 months due to a slip.

The Rob Roy track in the West Matukituki Valley was closed in July 2019 after a significan­t slip undercut the track, making it unsafe to access.

Prolonged rain in December 2019 and February 2020 had caused further damage to the track.

Doc community ranger Nicole Sutton said the track’s remote location had made the repairs challengin­g.

Doc staff and contractor­s had been working hard over the past month to reroute about 450m of damaged track but the new alignment was through native bush and outside the identified rockfall and landslip zones, she said.

Before the Covid crisis an estimated 20,000 people visited the Rob Roy Glacier each year.

The 10km return easy graded walk goes through dramatic alpine landscape that includes snowfields, glaciers, sheer rock cliffs and waterfalls.

“We know people have been really keen to get back out on this track but remember to plan ahead, keep an eye on the weather forecast and always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back,’’ Ms Sutton said.

“This summer is a great time to explore our backyard and we want everyone to have safe and enjoyable experience­s,” she said.

 ?? PHOTO: ODT FILES ?? Must see . . . The Rob Roy Glacier as seen from the lower lookout on the Rob Roy Glacier track.
PHOTO: ODT FILES Must see . . . The Rob Roy Glacier as seen from the lower lookout on the Rob Roy Glacier track.
 ?? PHOTO: DOC ?? Open at last . . . The Rob Roy glacier day walk has finally reopened to hikers.
PHOTO: DOC Open at last . . . The Rob Roy glacier day walk has finally reopened to hikers.

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