The Dunedin City Council is stepping in to resolve a land
dispute that has closed a popular walking track on Otago
Council transportation policy engineer Jon Visser said the
council planned to form a new section of McTaggart Track -
linking Broad Bay, Company Bay and Larnach Castle - to reopen
the track later this year.
The work was expected to cost a few thousand dollars and be
completed in October, although exact details were still being
The original track passed through two private properties, and
had been closed since earlier this year when one of the two
landowners asked for an end to public access across their
land, Mr Visser said.
As a result, council staff planned to extend the track about
200m, taking it further up McTaggart St and around the
objecting landowner's property, before rejoining the existing
track on an adjacent property, he said.
The track was widely advertised and used by an increasing
number of residents and tourists, and the council was
committed to maintaining the peninsula walking link, he said.
''We are trying to balance the rights of the private property
owner and the expectations of the community,'' he said.