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DOC has closed a number of tracks and Twilight Campsite in the Far North due to reports of roaming feral dogs.

Date:  01 April 2021

Up to four packs of feral dogs have been reported in the Far North between Hukatere (90 Mile Beach) and Te Werahi Beach (Te Paki Reserve) in Northland, including on the popular Te Paki Costal Track managed by DOC.

DOC believes there is a safety risk to visitors that walk Te Paki Coastal Track which includes the northern most section of Te Araroa Trail, recreational hunters, riders, and anyone who may be working in the proximity including DOC staff. DOC has closed the tracks from 1 April 2021. It is hoped the tracks will reopen within seven days once the situation is under control.

The popular Cape Reinga/Te Rerenga Wairua Lighthouse Walk remains open for visitors and is not impacted by these closures.

DOC is working closely with local and regional councils, iwi and landowners and urge people to report feral dogs to their local council.

Refer to the DOC website for information on alternative tracks.

Tracks/campsite closed:

  • Cape Reinga - Te Werahi Beach Track
  • Te Werahi Beach - Twilight Beach Track
  • Twilight Beach - Te Paki Stream Track
  • Twilight - Te Werahi Loop Track
  • Twilight Campsite

Note: Te Paki Stream and Te Rerenga Wairua/Cape Reinga Amenity Areas remain open. 


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