Lookout gets touch-up Tracks to be improved

Last updated 05:00 26/03/2014

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Modest improvements to the viewing area and land at the summit of Rimutaka Hill Rd are continuing to take place.

The area is receiving a general tidy with planting and landscaping, said Greater Wellington Regional Council's eastern principal ranger Jimmy Young.

Bush tracks from the summit's car park are being improved or created.

Visitors will be able to take a short walk to a new lookout surrounded by bush.

An existing track which runs from from the summit's northern aspect has been used as the start of a new loop track, about 500 metres long, Young said.

Improvements for the two walks required the removal of a group of pine tress, and this work was completed recently.

Young said an "information kiosk" would be put up in a couple of months.

"This is a popular place for people to stop and take in the view, and the perfect spot for interpretation panels to tell stories about the area," he said.

The Rimutaka Hill summit had a cafe and public toilet several years ago, but there were no plans to replace them, he said.

The NZTA has also contributed to the improvements.

The car parking surface is being improved, bollards are being put in place and fencing repaired, Young said.

The summit has a Niwa weather station and a rock memorial detailing the first crossing of the Rimutakas by Europeans.

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