Date: 08 April 2021
The tracks were initially closed on 1 April for seven days, but DOC staff believe there is still potential for aggressive behaviour by the dogs towards people, and are taking a precautionary approach by keeping the tracks closed until further information can be analysed and advice sought.
“Public safety remains our number one priority. Over the next few weeks we are going to undertake further monitoring using trail cameras, visual surveillance and detailed collection of sightings people have had on and around Te Paki Recreation Reserve. We will then determine what our next steps will be based on this information and advice, which may include keeping the tracks closed for an extended period while further work is undertaken to manage the threat. We will continue to communicate with the public, our neighbouring landowners and stakeholders regarding this issue,” says Abe Witana Acting Operations Manager DOC Kaitaia
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), including sightings on the popular Te Paki Costal Track managed by DOC. DOC staff believe there is a safety risk to visitors who 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.
The popular Cape Reinga lighthouse track remains open for visitors and is not impacted by these closures.
DOC staff are working closed with local and regional councils, iwi and landowners and urge people to report feral dogs to their local council on 0800 920 029.
Refer to the DOC website for information on alternative tracks.
Tracks/campsite to be 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 will remain open.
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