Anglers are pleased to see improvements to Waitahanui access tracks:
New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers and Taupo Fishing Club shared Taupo Trout Fishery‘s post.
Waitahanui track upgrades – Earlier this week a team of fishery rangers accompanied by a crew from Pakira marae spent two days working on significant track improvements on the upper Waitahanui River between Flat Bridge and Gordon Williams Pool.
The improvements required over 30 cubic metres of pumice to be helicoptered into an area near the worksite along with two ‘power barrows’ weighing 500 kilogrammes each and three 300 kilogramme platforms.
Mud had to be dug out from waterlogged areas and drainage installed where needed. Power barrows were then used to transport pumice from the helicopter drop site to track locations. The material was raked into a crown before being compacted to form the finished track. Areas of swamp were bridged by constructing a 7.5-metre-long board walk.
The ground work was supported by Waitahanui hapu, who were delighted with the improvements to the awa. Helicopter Services (BOP) Ltd supported the operation by air lifting materials and machinery. The pumice was sourced from Tarrant Contracting Ltd.
Anglers can access this section of the river from the car park at the end of Blake Road, then follow the existing fishing tracks up to Flat Bridge before continuing further up stream.