DOC repairs track damage

02:21, Jan 28 2013
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A massive rock fall is explored on the edge of Lake Te Anau's south fiord, one of many that appeared after the recent heavy rain in the area.

The Department of Conservation is taking advantage of the fine spell of weather to repair damage to tracks and assets in Fiordland.

DOC community relations manager Beth Masser said there had been a lot of damage in the national park during the heavy rains and subsequent flooding at the start of the year.

DOC staff were able to do running repairs during and immediately after flooding forced the closure of the Milford and Routeburn Tracks in early January, Ms Masser said.

Staff were stationed at the huts along the Great Walks and were tasked with doing the repairs needed to reopen and keep the tracks open, she said.

However with the good weather, staff were now able to to do the permanent repairs.

As well as the damage reported on the popular Great Walk tramps, Ms Masser said the department had discovered significant damage to DOC assets in more remote areas of Fiordland.


''There is a lot of damage in the Murchison Mountains - to the huts used by DOC biodiversity staff involved in monitoring the Takahe population.''

''The huts are located in the valley floors and were exposed to flooding,'' she said.

The department was also reminding trampers who were heading out to the remote tracks to be aware of damage.

''People using the remote tracks could still find damage to DOC structures.''

Trampers are being urged to check the DOC visitor centres before setting off and report any damage they find.

DOC had to look after 1.2 million hectares of national park in Fiordland but the department's focus would be on repairing the high use corridors, Ms Masser said.

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