Hutt River Trail section closed at Maoribank
A section of the Hutt River Trail has been closed temporarily due to an unstable bank underfoot. At present, the closure is temporary until the area can undergo an engineering assessment. Hutt River Trail users are advised to avoid this section of the path for their own safety.
A detour is in place as per the accompanying image. We are also installing safety fencing and signage in the area and parts of the trail leading to it. The detour runs between the beginning of the closed section at the south and follows State Highway 2 to the duck pond access point before the Rimutaka Tavern.
Trail users can also choose the Remutaka Cycle Trail’s alternative route through Totara Park using the Norbert Street and Totara Park bridges.
Access to the popular Maoribank swimming hole ‘The Elbow’ is available via Te Haukaretu Park (South-bound). North-bound access to the swimming hole via the Hutt River Trail is blocked due to the temporary closure, so swimmers from south of the swimming hole should make use of the detour.
We request that members of the public do not to interfere with temporary safety barriers or signage that is in place.
Update 29 March 2019: Track section reopened
The section of the Hutt River Trail referenced in this article has had repairs and is now open. Issues remain with the bank but contractors have erected fencing to enable users to navigate the path safely. The fencing does make the path narrower so pedestrians and cyclists are advised to use extreme caution in the area to avoid collision.