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Regional Parks Closed & Open

Published: Thu 24 Sep 2015 03:58 PM
Regional Parks Closed & Open
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has closed Pākōwhai Regional Park near Hastings in case emergency refuge is needed for cattle grazing the Ngaruroro River berms. Cattle are currently safely on stopbanks but may need to be moved if the river levels rise further.
Tūtira Regional Park is not formally closed, but there is no access to the park and the campground as the lake water level is flooding the causeway. Vehicles can enter the main gate and DOC wildlife reserve parking area, but should not attempt to drive over the causeway while it is in flood. Water levels are expected to be high for about a week. HBRC parks staff will inspect the regional park and access when they can get there, as the road between Napier and Tūtira is currently blocked by slips.
Visitors should use extreme caution at both Waitangi and Pekapeka Regional Parks which remain open. There is a lot of flooding at Waitangi from both rivers and heavy seas. Water levels in the Pekapeka wetland are high, and up to the boardwalk.
For other information regarding current weather and flooding please go to www.hbemergency.govt.nz or the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Facebook.
ENDS

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