Motakiora/Brook Park top section closed until further notice
For health and safety reasons, Waitomo District Council has closed the top section of Motakiora/ Brook Park for ALL recreational use until further notice.
As a result of the weekend’s heavy rainfall event, a section of track to the summit is hazardous and a large slip has taken out part of the mountain bike track, which is also popular with walkers.
There is risk of further multiple slips and damage if the rain continues.
The rotunda and toilet is still accessible, however we urge residents and users to exercise caution if entering this area.
Signage advising of the closure will be erected onsite soon. Please do not venture into the red zone.
Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

Severe weather service update #3

5 Apr 2017, 4:43 PM

Update as at 16:00hrs

There is a significant North Island weather event taking place, impacting on Waitomo District Council’s normal service delivery. WDC asks that people stay out of flood water as there is a risk of wastewater contamination and unknown hazards.

Fast moving water poses a serious hazard that must be avoided at all times, as these waters can quickly sweep a person away. Fast flowing waters easily engulf cars and fords, low lying bridges and flooded roads should be avoided at all cost.

  • Stay home and avoid driving unless absolutely necessary.
  • Check the NZTA website for any updates http://www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/roadclosures
  • Ensure you have your emergency kits are available and a plan should you become isolated.
  • Check your getaway kit in case you have to leave in a hurry.
  • Secure, or move indoors, all items that could get blown about and cause harm in strong winds.
  • Have enough water available for at least three days

The council's hazards staff and the Waikato Civil Defence team are monitoring the situation closely and will provide updates as needed.

Report flooding and service issues to WDC on 0800 932 4357. If life is in danger, always call 111.

Keep up to date with Civil Defence www.waikatoregioncdemg.govt.nz and MetService www.metservice.com/national/home