Loop track ready for special guests
Department of Conservation director-general Al Morrison will be a special guest at the opening of the new Catlins Loop track on Sunday.
The track will mean the existing 5-hour, one-way Catlins River Walk can be extended to a two-day walk with the addition of a 12 kilometre walk to the Rocky Knoll.
The track preparations have been a collaboration between Catlins Promotions and DOC and the society is pleased that Mr Morrison is able to attend.
Al Morrison has connections to the area, having lived in Owaka when his father Colin was the resident doctor in the district in the 1950s.
Mr Morrison said the track was a great example of what DOC could achieve by working with others.
"It offers access to spectacular views and nature - mohua, kakariki scarlet mistletoe to name a few - and will make a huge contribution to increasing tourism in the Catlins,"
The Loop Track opening begins at 12 noon with a lunch at the Wisp picnic area followed by the official opening of the track at 1pm and for the next few hours the new track can be explored either on foot or with a four-wheel drive vehicle.