An alternative route will be formed for part of the McTaggart
track so people can continue to enjoy a popular part of the
Otago Peninsula currently closed due to a dispute with a
For many years there has been a public walking track linking
Broad Bay, Company Bay and Larnach Castle. Known as the
McTaggart track, because the walking track comes off
McTaggart St, the track is popular with locals and tourists.
Dunedin City Council transportation policy engineer Jon
Visser said the public walking track was temporarily closed a
couple of months ago and remains closed.
The track passes through two private properties and one set
of owners advised the DCC they no longer wanted members of
the public using their property to access the walking track.
The other landowner is prepared to continue to have the
walking track traverse his property.
''We are trying to balance the rights of the private property
owner and the expectations of the community,'' Mr Visser
The DCC discussed the issues with the affected property
owners and some track users. The change will involve
diverting the track around one of the private properties by
extending it up the existing McTaggart St road reserve and
then crossing over on to the adjacent property, where it will
re-join the existing track - an increase in length of about
New signs and markers will be installed along the track to
clearly show the way. The New Zealand Walking Access
Commission is providing free signs and other costs will be
met from existing DCC budgets.
Until these works are complete, people are asked to refrain
from using the section of track on private property, in
accordance with the temporary signs that have been posted.
As usual, the track will be closed during September and
October for lambing.