Heaphy soon fully open

Last updated 12:00 03/05/2014

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The Heaphy track is to fully reopen on Monday to trampers and mountainbikers.

The storm on April 17 caused extensive tree windfall on the Heaphy Track, forcing its closure and delaying the start of its winter mountainbiking season, which was due to start on Thursday.

The Department of Conservation had previously said it would not be open until at least May 12. However, staff had prioritised cleaning up the track to reopen.

The track, in Kahurangi National Park, partially opened from its western Karamea end this week, but now the full 78-kilometre track will reopen.

However. parts of the track are still not yet up to their usual standard and bikers and walkers are advised to take extra care and watch out for loose vegetation in trees and some minor debris on the track, particularly in the sections between Brown and Perry Saddle huts and between MacKay and Lewis huts.

DOC Westport Conservation Services Manager Bob Dickson said reopening the Heaphy Track had been a priority.

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- The Nelson Mail

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