Work to begin on Otaki Gorge slip

  • 19/03/2016
Work to begin on Otaki Gorge slip

A large amount of earth is about to be moved to restore access to a popular camping and picnic spot north of Wellington.

Otaki Gorge Rd was closed late last year after cracks were found in rocks, preventing access to Otaki Forks and the Department of Conservation Otaki Forks Campsite where as many as 300 people stay on summer nights.

Kapiti mayor Ross Church says contractors are expected to begin work to clear and stabilise the area at Blue Bluff within the next two weeks.

A mass of rock and other debris will need to be removed to allow the hillside to be stabilised.

"Clearly it's important for the property owners and the Department of Conservation staff who have been cut off by the slip. It's also good news for the many people who have been missing the tramping, camping and other outdoor activities on offer in the Tararua Forest Park."

Mr Church says the work could take two to three months and has an estimated price tag of $500,000, almost half of which will be covered by a contribution from the NZ Transport Agency's emergency works fund.