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11 Mar 2019

Some Nelson and Tasman Reserves and tracks to reopen

Due to the recent rainfall and after seeking advice from Fire and Emergency New Zealand, Nelson City Council is pleased to be able to reopen some areas from tomorrow, Saturday 9 March.

The areas to reopen are:

  • The Grampians Reserve
  • The section of Botanical Hill on the sports grounds side up to Centre of NZ marker. Sir Stanley Whitehead Reserves and the Maitai Valley side of the hill remain closed.

The following tracks in the Codgers Trails area will also reopen:

  • Young Codgers
  • Dun Mountain Trail - up to the junction with Pipeline
  • Pipeline
  • Gully
  • Tu Meke
  • Tasman Journeys
  • Crazy Horse
  • Jacks Track (from Dun Mountain Trail to Middle Road - no access to Atmore Terrace)
  • Lower Firball (below Middle Road)
  • Whaneke
  • Viral Flow
  • P51

In Tasman District, all of Rough and Moturoa/Rabbit Island and the tracks in the Kingsland Forest Park will reopen.

Advice from Fire and Emergency NZ is that although the rain has brought short-term relief, the amount of rain we get next week will determine if the reserves can remain open in the longer term.

All these openings will be reviewed on Wednesday next week (13/3) where, depending on the weather conditions and fire risk, decisions will be made whether to provide more access, retain the restricted access or re-close the areas.

Thanks to everyone for their patience and understanding during the closure period. A special thanks also to the Nelson Mountain Bike Club for their co-operation and support during the closure period and as we go through the re-opening process.

Please enjoy the areas that have reopened but stay out of closed areas for your own safety and remain aware of the potential for fire in these areas. 

If you see smoke or any sign of fire please call 111 immediately.