Tongariro Crossing to reopen
Tue, 16 Oct 2012 4:08p.m.
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing will reopen on Friday, after a volcanic eruption closed the popular walking track in August.
A rahui was imposed by local iwi, restricting access to the track following the Te Maari eruption on August 6, while safety hazard zone restrictions were also put in place by the Department of Conservation (DOC).
The restrictions have progressively been reduced and some sections of the track have already been re-opened.
The re-opening of the whole track at a public ceremony on Friday morning comes just in time for Labour weekend visitors.
The track has been repaired, but DOC says it may still be a little soft and rocky in places.
A debris dam created by the eruption burst on Sunday morning, causing a mud flow down the side of Mt Tongariro.
DOC says the mud flow caused significant damage to a 200m section of track near the Ketetahi car park end.
Mud was also spread over a further 1.3km of track and visitors can expect these areas to be muddy and uneven underfoot.
DOC says the dam burst has mostly eliminated any risk to visitors using the track from lahars and mudflows.
A rahui will remain in place over a 1km zone around the Te Maari crater.
The area will be signposted while safety flyers about the volcanic hazard will be available at both ends of the track.
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