A section of the Te Araroa Trail, between Puhoi and Moir Hill, was closed for four days around Easter after several pine trees were mistakenly felled onto the track.
Asia Pacific International land manager Paul Manton says the incident happened when the contractor started felling trees in the wrong area. About six trees were felled before anyone realised the mistake.
“It shouldn’t have happened and it won’t happen again,” Manton says. “Yes, it could have been catastrophic if anyone had been on the track at the time.”
Manton says an investigation is underway.
A Te Araroa Train Trust spokesperson said they were advised immediately through their walker and volunteer network, which activated a response from the trust.
“We worked with the land manager and logging company to rectify the damage,” he said. “The track is now open and perfectly suitable for walkers.”