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Pigeon Valley Fire, February 2019

 

Updated 16 February 2019

We are currently experiencing a forest fire in Pigeon Valley, which is located 31km south of Nelson City and 26km south of The Gentle Cycling Company. The fire is currently contained. We cannot see smoke from Nelson or the surrounding area, but some valleys close to the core of the fire are still evacuated.

Some of the Great Taste Trail has been closed as a result of the Pigeon Valley fire and the extreme fire risk in the region. Our single day trips on the Rail Route are unaffected. For any of our multi day customers affected by these closures, we will provide a free shuttle around the closed sections. We will update this information when situations change. The closed sections are shown in red on the map below.

The closed sections are:.

  1. The Great Taste Trail Rail Route, Wai-Iti to Quail Valley and Spooners Tunnel . This is due to the increased fire risk with the dry conditions in the area

  2. Pigeon Valley Rd, from Wakefield to Brandy Creek Rd. The Pigeon Valley fire is in this area. For multi day customers who are booked on a trip that uses Pigeon Valley, while the road remains closed we will shuttle you to the western end of the valley. This shortens the cycling distance from Wakefield to Riwaka by approximately 10km.

  3. The section of the Great Taste Trail Coastal Route within the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park. This is due to the increased fire risk with the dry conditions in the area. The detour is on a busy road with no shoulder. While the trail remains closed, we will shuttle our multi day customers if required, for no charge.

  4. The section of the Great Taste Trail Coastal Route on Rabbit Island. This is due to the increased fire risk with the dry conditions in the area. The Mapua Ferry is not operating while this is closed. The detour is on a state highway with a shoulder. While the trail remains closed, we will shuttle our multi day customers over this section, for no charge.

    The map below is an interactive map. Click on the arrow, then enlarge and reduce using the + and - symbols to see the area in detail.

 
Jonti Griffin