Walkway update

On the 9th of June 2022, Todd Murphy from Tip Trucks Ltd started the repair work along the Whangawehi walkway. The work involved consists in re installing bigger culverts and fixing several areas that had slumped. A big thank you to Todd who has accepted to operate in not very ideal conditions. Todd will be operating during the short windows of opportunities that the climate offers. The repair work is critical as it will protect the track from any further degradations during the winter. We will keep you posted on further work coming up.

Picnic table update

On the 25th of May 2022, Chris Wilson came to finalise the construction on site of some of the tables and seats. The work was slow due to the weight of the totara slabs and legs but he got there in the end. Well done Chris and thank you for your dedication. This project hasn’t been easy but the end product is spectacular.

Picnic table update

On the 3d of May 2022, Chris Wilson, local Artist and Designer came to have a look at the progress made on the tables he had built. All the tables and seat have been delivered on site but some of them still need some work. These tables have been exquisitely crafted out of Totara timber and blend so perfectly with the landscape. Chris has taken note of what needs doing and will come back with the tools and equipment he needs to complete the work. A big thank you to Chris for his support.

Walkway repairs

On the 20 th of April 2022, Todd Murphy came to Whangawehi to assess the damage created by the last storm. Todd has got a wealth of knowledge and will get underway in May once the weather has dried up the track. The storms that have hit the walkway have obliged the WCMG to future proof the infrastructure from severe weather events by increasing significantly the size of key culverts. This has significantly increased the cost of the project.

With the heath and safety induction carried out Todd is ready to start as soon as the weather allows.

Track construction update

On Monday the 7th of March 2022, Whangawehi was a hive of activity. The track maintenance team was cutting branches to help with the graveling work. The repair work is now completed, and South Star delivered on site several machines to carry out the graveling work. A health and safety tour was organised to show the contractors the different access points, the general area and the different health and safety concerns to take into considerations in this type of environment. The work started on Tuesday the 8th of March on the steepest part of the track called Mamangu. The progress of the work will rely on weather conditions. We hope that the winter rain will hold off until the graveling work is finished. A big thank you to Westerlund Contracting Ltd and South Star trails Ltd for their support.

Walkway facilities update

The Whangawehi team is working hard at preparing the final touches along the walkway. The toilet facilities near the hut are now accessible via a wooden staircase. The hut has now a bench and a tank (not fitted yet). Hannah Coop, new owner of Taharoa has now blocked off the gaps that were used by birds to nest in the hut. With a fresh sweep, the hut is looking great.

Picnic tables and seats are in the process of being installed. Most interpretative signs and kilometre markers have been concreted in.