While the tracks are drying up, the Whangawehi team is busy working on the walkway. Extensive spraying has taken place and will be followed up with brush cutting to tidy up certain areas of the track. Gates and rails have being added to the track to secure some parts of the walkway. The next big step will be to gravel the track. We will keep you updated on this as soon as this takes place.
On Tuesday the 19th of October 2021, Nic dropped off some fencing material along the track but was challenged with some wet sections on the farm track. Scott and Sam from Southern Star Trails are facing the same issues but managed to keep going with their repairs work. Several culverts have been added to drain some springs and wet spots encroaching on the track. With the weather improving, we hope that access will be easier which will make the gravelling less challenging. We will keep you in the loop.
Access to the track is still not allowed to the public due to health and Safety risks. A chain was installed at the main entrance way to stop people from entering the walkway.
On Monday the 11th of October 2021, Southern Star Trail was back on site to resume the work. Scott Taylor will spend the next few days fixing the track in different parts where slumps have occurred. Hopefully the weather will be nice and allow the gravelling work to start next week. We are welcoming back the team and are looking forward to finishing the project before the end of the year.
On Friday the 10 th of September 2021, Richard Smith from Logic Solutions came to Whangawehi to access the state of the walkway. After this winter’s rain events, the walkway has moved which was to be expected. Most of the damage occurred on the first kilometre between the bridge and Mamangu. Richard will prepare a report and suggest some remedial work. A lot of the remedial work will involve better water management on the track. The damage that occurred is not a bad thing in the end as it has allowed the track to settle and adopt a more permanent shape and form. Once we have received Richard’s report, we will organise a meeting with the track building company and discuss a way forward.
Chris Wilson’s team has been busy preparing and installing unique seats and tables along the lower reaches of the Whangawehi walkway. This is a first attempt to create a nice environment for people of all ages to come and enjoy this amazing place. Both car parks have been upgraded and will offer an access on both ends when the track is open to the public. The eathwork will resume in the spring and we hope that the gravelling will be completed before Christmas.
On Monday the 5th of July 2021, a group of woodworkers went to the walkway to have a look at the different spots where these beautiful creations will be installed.
Chris, Roland and Zealand picked a beautiful and sunny day to walk up to the rapids.The installation should be completed by the end of the week (weather permitting). A big thank you to Chris and his team and Bevan Parker from Pongaroa Station for their help.
On Tuesday the 8th of June 2021, Trevor Telfort, local digger operator undertook the upgrade of the Whangawehi car park.
Over 50 m3 of metal was used to create a flat platform in front of the Pongaroa Station retaining wall. The car park was initially designed to host 4 or 5 cars but Trevor managed to extend the platform. 10 cars should now be able to use the facility. 4 culverts have been put in place to guarantee good drainage. A big thank you to Trevor for his dedication and skills. The Kinikini car park will be upgraded on Friday, weather permitting.
Chris Wilson local artist and cabinet maker has already started creating outdoor furniture for the walkway. Several Totara logs have been cut into slabs and will be used to create natural looking picnic tables and chairs. We are looking forward to discovering how these rough looking logs will look like after being transformed by Chris’s skills.