The Department of Conservation (DOC) has closed all tracks at Diamond Lake and Rocky Mountain until further notice, due to rockfall and slips.
The recent heavy rainfall in Upper Clutha resulted in rockfall near the start of the track, preventing walkers from accessing the whole of Diamond Lake Conservation Area.
A DOC communications advisor said a geotechnical engineer checked the site on Tuesday; DOC will be better able to indicate the tracks’ reopening time-frame once the full assessment has been completed, likely within the next few weeks.
No other DOC tracks are closed in the area at this time. DOC senior ranger Ruth Garland says walkers should exercise caution on all tracks in the area. “The upper Clutha catchment and Haast Pass areas have received high rainfall since [last] Monday and it’s possible there are slips, flooding and treefall on other tracks. People should check with their local visitor centres before heading out and keep an eye on weather forecasts.”