Waikaremoana great walk
Anyone know what's happening? Local water taxi and shuttle operators aren't responding to booking requests and claims parts of the walk are closed.
Comment here about poor track maintenance https://www.tripadvisor.co.nz/ShowUserReviews-g255105-d553002-r552144913-Lake_Waikaremoana-North_Island.html
Dunno, but DOC's description of Great Walks is that they are well formed, easy to follow, accessible and week serviced by local operators. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/things-to-do/walking-and-tramping/great-walks/ If that's not the case any more then maybe its status as a Great Walk needs to be reviewed.
I can't see a mention of Great Walks in the National Parks General Policy document, though, which seems surprising. Does anyone know of a formal description anywhere of what and why they're supposed to be?
I read one once, can't recall where l but it covers right down to how much mud is permissable, ideally very little... think it stated width of track, but from what i've heard waikaremoana has always been a rougher track than that in places
makes a mention about great walks tracks in here, but i havent read through it https://www.doc.govt.nz/globalassets/documents/about-doc/role/policies-and-plans/track-construction-maintenance-guidelines.pdf
The DOC site recommends checking the Ngāi Tūhoe website for alerts: http://www.ngaituhoe.iwi.nz/alerts-and-important-information A posting on 20-Dec confirms that parts are still closed.
There are some fairly grumpy people writing in @waynowski 's NZ Tramping News group on Facebook lately, including those who've checked that alerts site. https://www.facebook.com/groups/208124842637462/permalink/1938754562907806/ (FB group joining required.)
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