Nelson Floods (updated by The Travel Paradise on 21/12/11)

Updated on 21 Dec 2011 (extracted from a expert in forum)
Abel Tasman Coast Track – update from the Department of Conservation
The track is open between Marahau and Awaroa. Some sections are damaged, but passable to experienced and well equipped walkers.
All public road access to the northern end of the Great Walk is closed over the Christmas /New Year period. Access by boat is still possible.
• Medlands Beach to Bark Bay. The re-benched track is wet and muddy.
• Tonga Quarry to Onetahuti is Route standard and is not recommended for inexperienced walkers. Tramping boots are recommended.
• Awaroa Hut and campsite in Awaroa Inlet are open. There is no road access to Awaroa car park. Water taxis can do drop offs and pick ups at Awaroa Bay.
• The track from Awaroa to Totaranui is closed. It is expected to be open on Thursday 22 December in the afternoon.
• The track from Totaranui through to Whariwharangi and Wainui Road end including Separation Point is damaged but open for experienced and well equipped walkers.
• Whariwharangi Hut and campsite and Anapai Campsite are closed until 15th January.
• Mutton Cove campsite is closed. It’s expected to reopen on Friday 23 December.
• Totaranui Campground is open, access by sea only.
• Water taxis and kayak trips are all operating.

Open beaches
• Beaches from Mapua to Kaiteriteri are open for swimming only, no shellfish collecting or fishing.
Closed beaches
Ligar Bay, Pohara Beach and Tata beach remain closed to swimming, fishing and shellfish gathering.
Rabbit Island beaches remain closed
Monaco and Tahunanui main and back beach remain closed.

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