Manawatu Gorge lookout to remain closed until December

The Manawatu Gorge Big Slip lookout remains closed until December.
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The Manawatu Gorge Big Slip lookout remains closed until December.

A lookout in the Manawatu Gorge will remain closed until the end of the year.

Weather conditions slowed work at the Big Slip Lookout Track, near the Ashhurst end loop track, during summer. 

Work involved clearing debris that had accumulated over time from the 2011 slip repairs.

New Zealand Transport Agency spokeswoman Liz Banas said contractors were holding off over winter due to unfavourable conditions. 

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The contractors decided the safest thing to do was to keep the track closed and halt work until October, Banas said. 

Work on clearing the debris will re-start at that time and should be finished by the end of December, weather permitting.

The slip site is near the main Manawatu Gorge Track, which remains open to walkers. 

The Department of Conservation is also working on clearing parts of the walking track.  

A cyclone at the start of April caused trees, including a large rimu tree, to topple near the Whatonga sculpture on the loop track. 

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Department of Conservation Manawatu operations manager Allanah Irvine said people were "taking an interest in viewing the impressive tree before it is removed".

Options for removing the tree were being assessed and DOC did not want to damage surrounding vegetation in the process, Irvine said. 


 - Stuff


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