Heavy rainfall has warped the boardwalk that surrounds Lake Ngā Roto, resulting in a decision to close it.
The lake and its surrounding areas were flooded by a significant storm last weekend that triggered a severe weather warning. Parts of the lake’s gravel track were submerged by the flood, and its wooden boardwalk is now significantly angled and uneven.
Council staff inspected the lake’s track and boardwalk on Tuesday and deemed it to be unsafe.
They tried to install a temporary fence and signage on the same day, to advise visitors to turn back. Due to staffing issues, they were not able to complete this until Wednesday morning.
Because of the lake’s fluctuating water levels, there are permanent signs that encourages visitors to be careful when walking on its boardwalk, in the event it does become unstable.
Last weekend’s flood was the highest that council had seen in some time, The News was told. The council plans to reassess the boardwalk on Monday.