Safety alterations have been implemented on a short section of the red / blue track above the road. This trail follows the ridgeline from the saddle to the summit.
Park users are now diverted to a new trail that takes walkers and runners away from the exposed steep cliff. The new trail is approximately 30 metres long, and does involve a rocky section with a chain handrail.
The new diversion will continue to be refined over the coming weeks, with further improvements to the steps and chain handrail, making it easier to navigate.
The decision to implement these alterations followed a comprehensive Park Safety Audit undertaken by reputable outdoor safety company ‘Peak Safety and Emergency Management’ in 2017. The Trustees are taking the Audit recommendations seriously, and are working hard to implement the suggestions for the ‘high risk’ areas, in to the Park trails. These will not take away from the unique rugged characteristics of Te Mata Park.
This particular area was highlighted as requiring attention. The older original track had a dangerous drop to the road. The park maintenance team considered all options, and it was decided that a diversion, taking people away from the cliff edge, would reduce the likelihood of an accident.
Various other suggestions were considered for the original track (including a barrier fence and additional signage) however they were deemed either a) not in keeping with the characteristics of the Park, b) unsightly, c) ineffective.
Barriers are now in place to prevent park users from accessing the original track. In time, the original track will be re-planted.
If you have any further questions with regards to this park project, please don’t hesitate to contact the Trust Board.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.