The Dart River has been blocked by a landslide and is
posing hazards for trampers, campers and boaties.
DOC and the Queenstown Lakes District Council are warning
people to stay well away from the area of the slip, at Sandy
Bluff, until experts can assess the extent of the slip and
the hazard it poses.
They say there is extensive flooding upstream at Dredge Flat.
Trampers are having to detour two kilometres through forest
to get around flooded parts of the track.
DOC is strongly advising people to defer planned tramps on
the Rees Dart circuit until the hazard has been fully
assessed and more information is available.
Harbourmaster Marty Black says boaties, kayakers and other
recreational users should stay out of the Dart River until
While the Dart Rivers flow has dropped to minimal levels
because of the damming effect upstream, there is a constant
risk that pressure behind the slip will force a surge of
This would be a danger for anyone in the river bed below the