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.

Milestone celebrated with bypass opening

16 Aug 2021, 9:15 AM

Transport Minister Michael Wood and Ngati Maniapoto kaitiaki Ngatai Rauputu celebrate a significant milestone at the official opening of the Awakino Tunnel Bypass today.
The special occasion was a fitting tribute to the years of planning, construction and guardianship that went into ensuring the multi-million dollar project was completed.
Of note, a rest area near the bypass has also been developed, which includes a nature walk to the now-closed tunnel. Along the path, storyboards have been placed which tell the history of the area.
Two majestic pou were also unveiled  by Ngati Maniapoto to mark the official opening of the new Awakino Tunnel Bypass. Aorangi sits on the northern side of Awakino, while Herangi sits on the southern side.
Like the mountain ranges they are named after, the carved pou stand as kaitiaki. They welcome those travelling inland and farewell those heading out to the coast.