Rob Roy Track reopens

With the popular track officially reopened, it is a good time to remind walkers to stay safe and follow the outdoor safety code.

One of Mount Aspiring National Park’s most popular day walks – the Rob Roy Track, has officially reopened, the Department of Conservation (DOC) announced last thursday..

The track, located in the West Matukituki Valley, had been closed since July 2019 after a significant slip undercut the track, making it unsafe to access.

Prolonged rain in December 2019 and February 2020 caused further damage.

DOC community ranger Nicole Sutton said it is fantastic to have the track now reopened to the public.

“DOC staff and contractors have been working hard over the last month to reroute about 450 metres of damaged track,” Sutton said.

“The new alignment goes through native bush and importantly, stays outside the identified rockfall and landslide zones.”

The track’s remote location has made the repairs challenging and staff have been ensuring the rest of the track is up to standard in preparation for the reopening, Sutton said..

 “The view of Rob Roy Glacier at the end of the track is simply spectacular and well worth the three-hour return walk to get there. It’s picture-perfect and inspires many people to visit the park.”

With the popular track officially reopened, it is a good time to remind walkers to stay safe and follow the outdoor safety code, on this track and any others in the region, Sutton said.

“We know people have been really keen to get back out on this track but remember – plan ahead, keep an eye on the weather forecast and always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back.

“This summer is a great time to explore our backyard and we want everyone to have safe and enjoyable experiences.”

Read edition 1014 of the Wānaka Sun here. 


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