There is exciting news for Waiheke residents and visitors with the announcement that the popular Island Bay track has been reopened.
The track runs from Korora Road to Owhanake Reserve and was first closed back in 2017 when a landslip occurred during a big storm, damaging a section of the track.
Because of the remote location and challenging topography, the repair posed unique challenges. After overcoming many hurdles with the track renewal including issues with geotechnical conditions, it has now had extensive maintenance and repairs thanks to Auckland Council and Waiheke Local Board.
Waiheke Local Board chairperson Cath Handley says the board is delighted with the track renewal as they know how well used it is.
“It has been sorely missed and the major delays have been caused by factors well outside the council’s control. It’s also been good to see them using local businesses to rebuild the track,” she says.
The track is a favourite amongst locals, and the reopening also means that the Owhanake-Matiatia coastal walk can be enjoyed in full again. This walk is a loop, suitable for people with an average level of fitness and takes 2-3 hours.
Planting for further ground stabilisation and amenity will be carried out between May and the end of June this year when the ground conditions are more suitable.