Friday, December 22, 2023

Effective today - Forest Track Closures - MOTUROA/Rabbit Island

Tasman District Council


Effective Friday, December 22, 2023. Today

Moturoa/Rabbit Island, a cherished recreational haven in Tasman, stands as one of our region's most favoured destinations, boasting natural features, pristine beaches, and well-trodden trails. As stewards of this beloved space, we prioritise the protection of our forests and the safety of all its users, in collaboration with our forestry partners at PF Olsen.

In adherence to this commitment, effective Friday, December 22, 2023, we are implementing precautionary measures to mitigate fire risks associated with the prevailing El Nino weather pattern and the potential for extended periods of warm, dry weather. While we anticipate welcoming rain during the Christmas period to alleviate fire risks, we remain vigilant.

To enhance safety, we have taken the following steps:

  • Closure of Internal Forest Tracks:
    • Bird Road
    • Tawa Road
    • Cooper Road
  • (See attached photo for reference - marked in pink)
    Additionally, Barnicoat Road, although normally closed to the public, is included in the closures to reinforce safety protocols.
  • Areas Remaining Open:
    • Public recreation areas, including Rough Island, the Great Taste Trail, Conifer Park, Mapua Road, Faulkners Track, and the beach, will remain open for public use.

As the situation may evolve with changing weather patterns, we commit to providing regular updates to keep you informed. We urge all visitors to adhere to marked trails, follow posted directions and safety signs, and promptly report any signs of fire by calling 111.

While Moturoa/Rabbit Island undergoes these temporary track closures, our vigilance extends to other significant forestry areas at Kingsland and Tunnicliff, which, at present, remain open to the public.

Your cooperation is crucial in ensuring the safety of our community and preserving the natural beauty of Moturoa/Rabbit Island. We appreciate your understanding and vigilance during this period.

Our barbecues now fully gas operated and bonfires on the beach are not allowed, so the only smoke visible should be from your burning steak or sausage!  


Tasman District Council Communications.

Pigeon Post News, Richmond.

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