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Waipohatu Track Receives A Makeover

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The Waipohatu Track received a makeover yesterday with two new walking bridges being transferred by helicopter and placed in the Waikawa Forest block of Catlins Forest Park.

Toi Tois Lions in conjunction with DOC and South Catlins Promotions have been working on this project since 2007.

Murray Stratford, Toi Tois Lion Club said: "We had an opportunity in 2007 to discuss funding requirement for the bridges with the Minister of Tourism in office at the time, Mr Damien O'Connor whilst he was on an official visit. After a lengthily process we were delighted when we received confirmation from the Associate Minister of Tourism Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman that our funding application from the tourism facilities programme had been accepted.

The original development of the Waipohatu area began in May 1977 with the aim of providing recreation opportunities for people of all ages. A unique feature is the short nature walk through virgin bush along the banks of the Waipohatu Stream. It provides enjoyment for everyone - including those in push chairs and wheel chairs.

For the more energetic there was the 3 hour return trip up the Waipohatu Stream to Punehu and Pouriwai Falls, however, access was challenging. With the new bridges this has made the walk more achievable for visitors. Heather Buckingham, Chairperson, Tourism Catlins said: "This is exciting for the Catlins and we congratulate Toi Tois Lions, DOC and South Catlins Promotions for driving this project. The Catlins is indeed the ideal destination for those who enjoy short walks"

The Waipohatu Track will re-open to the public on the 6th December with the official opening at 2pm. A public walk of the track will take place immediately after the opening.

For more information on the Waipohatu Track please visit www.catlins.org.nz

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