Department of Conservation staff will today continue
planning a detour around the flooded parts of the Dart Valley
Track following a landslip at Sandy Bluff, about 10km above
The landslip at noon on Saturday caused a 3km-long, 20m-deep
lake to form upstream of the slip and the Department of
Conservation has been forced to close the Dart Valley Track
between Daleys Flat Hut and Bedford Stream.
Doc Wakatipu partnerships ranger Chris Hankin said there
would be variability in the river flow and the advice from
GNS Science staff was the slip activity could continue for
years but not at the weekend's scale.
''It hasn't stopped altogether.''
The new route would have to be ''well away'' from the slip
area and, once a route had been identified, costs would be
looked at. Construction of a detour was likely to take some
A statement from Doc on Monday said many sections of the
track were either underwater or undercut and had fallen away,
therefore tramping the complete Rees-Dart circuit was not
Trampers could still walk the Rees Valley to Dart and Daleys
Flat Huts but would need to return the way they came or exit
via the Matukituki Valley.
From the Dart Valley road end, people could still walk from
Chinamans Bluff to as far as Bedford Stream before returning.
Dart River Jet resumed trips on Monday afternoon after
operation was suspended following the slip.
The Otago Daily Times reported yesterday that GNS
staff considered there was no immediate danger of a large
volume of water being suddenly released down the Dart River
below the dam produced by the landslip and the Dart River was
no longer blocked.
Mr Hankin said the situation remained the same but was not
assessed yesterday due to poor weather conditions.