Mauao summit tracks to close for a week

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Two tracks leading to the summit of Mauao at Mount Maunganui will be closed for a week. Photo/file
Two tracks leading to the summit of Mauao at Mount Maunganui will be closed for a week. Photo/file

The Waikorire and Oruahine tracks on Mauao will be closed during the second week of November while the Waikorire track is resurfaced ahead of the busy summer season.

In a statement released by Tauranga City Council this morning, it stated about 1 million people walking Mauao each year, this work was critical to ensuring the public could enjoy the reserve safely.

View the tracks in the map below.

The work is scheduled to take five days, from November 7th to 11th, but is weather dependent and may run into the following week.

The closure will be in effect from the stone steps at the Mount Maunganui Beach entrance up to the summit. The base track will remain open and unaffected, and the public will still be able to access the Mauao summit from the Pilot Bay entrance, via the 4WD track.

"The council is committed to getting the work done as quickly as possible and will re-open the tracks as soon as it is safe to do so," said Tauranga City Council's parks and recreation manager Warren Aitken.

After an assessment of the resurfacing options, Tauranga City Council identified that a heavy lift helicopter is the most cost-effective way to supply resurfacing materials to the track, and has cut down the closure period considerably. The Oruahine track will be closed for visitor safety during the helicopter phase of the work as it will fly over that area.

It is likely the helicopter work will take 2-3 days, after which the Oruahine track will be reopened.

The closures will be signposted at each of the park entrances and temporary fencing will be in place ahead of restricted areas. Security staff will be on site at key locations to ensure people are directed to open tracks.

Mauao and its tracks. Image/supplied
Mauao and its tracks. Image/supplied

- Bay of Plenty Times

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