Cancellations for Totaranui campground in Abel Tasman National Park mean that usually sought-after camping space vacancies are now available over Christmas-New Year and the rest of summer.
Abel Tasman water transport operators are now offering special services to ferry campers and their gear to and from Totaranui, departing from Kaiteriteri, Marahau and Tarakohe. Information can be found on operators' websites and they can be contacted directly for more details.
Anyone wanting to book a camping holiday at Totaranui, on a first-in basis, should contact the camp office, ph 035288083 or email totaranuidoc.govt.nz Meanwhile, DOC staff are working to clear slips on the northern part of the Abel Tasman Coast Track, from Awaroa through to Wainui. It aims to reopen the track between Awaroa and Totaranui this afternoon. The track from Totaranui to Wainui is still to be cleared. Road access though to the Wainui end of the track is restricted to residents and emergency services only between Tata and Wainui.
A temporary track created around a lengthy slip between Onetahuti and Tonga Quarry is particularly difficult and is not recommended for day walkers. It can be bypassed by water taxi.
Waiharakeke campsite, south of Totaranui, is open but with boat access only. Whariwharangi Hut and campsite and Anapai campsite are closed until at least January 15. Mutton Cove campsite is expected to reopen tomorrow.
The Department of Conservation is recommending people check with DOC visitor centres in Nelson and St Arnaud, DOC offices and i-SITEs in the region and the DOC website www.doc.govt.nz to get up to date information on tracks and conditions in conservation areas.
Key tourism businesses open include: Abel Tasman National Park: The southern park of the Abel Tasman coastal walk from Marahau to Awaroa is open. All water taxi, sea kayaking and water activities are operating. All huts and campsites including Awaroa are open. It is hoped to have the track between Awaroa and Totaranui and Wainui and Whariwharangi open by Christmas. Please check at Nelson regional DOC centre, iSITEs in Nelson, Motueka, Golden Bay, Murchison or visit doc.govt.nz for updates.
Golden Bay: Takaka township is open, with all services intact. Road from Takaka to Collingwood is open. Trips to Farewell Spit and nature walks are open. Anatoki Salmon Farm, Waikoropupu Springs, Labyrinth Rocks, Te Anaroa Caves are all open. Pohara Top 10 Holiday Park should open tomorrow. The Tasman District Council has placed resuming services to the Holiday Park as a priority. Accommodation and access in Tata Beach, Ligar Bay and Wainui Bay is limited but should improve over the next few days. Visitors who have holiday home accommodation booked are advised to contact homeowners direct for an update.
Motueka/Riwaka: All accommodation and visitor activities with water taxis, sea kayaking are open. Beaches to open soon.
Nelson: Happy Valley Adventures is open, Tahunanui Beach Holiday Park, World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum, local museums, local art galleries, most cycle trails, all retail outlets, hotels, motels, camping grounds, holiday parks, bed and breakfasts and youth hostels are open. Cable Bay remains closed.
Richmond, Waimea, Ruby Bay: Mapua wharf, wineries, craft beer breweries are all open.
Nelson Lakes National Park: Minor track damage but most walks and activities open. Please check at Nelson regional DOC centre or doc.govt.nz for updates.
Kahurangi National Park: Minor track damage. Heaphy Track open.
Any visitor who requires an update on accommodation bookings can contact their accommodation provider direct or call on 0800NELTAS (0800635827). This will put callers through to the iSITE to get updates.
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