Papatowai Bridge closure - 29 February - 23 May 2016
The Papatowai Bridge in the Catlins will be closed for major repairs from Monday, 29 February until 23 May 2016. This is after the Papatowai Challenge takes place. It is critical that the work on the bridge happens soon as otherwise weight restrictions will have to be imposed meaning commercial traffic such as tourist buses and logging trucks would not be able to use the bridge.
The deck of the bridge is being strengthened, but the piles of the bridge also need to be repaired and this involves work in the river. Firstly, this work can only be carried during low river flows, which occur during the summer months. Secondly, resource consent conditions mean work in the waterways (river) must be carried out before the end of April (and cannot occur again until October).
Detours will be put in place, but these will be on gravel roads.
We apologise for the impact this closure is going to have on local businesses and visitors to the Catlins, but it is not possible to carry out the work during winter months. Council will have ongoing discussions with the contractor carrying out the project to minimise to the closure.
The caves are open but there is a high probability of getting wet so be prepared. How wet will obviously change each tide. Because access is still difficult, the caves will only be open 1 hour either side of low tide in the meantime. This will be monitored and altered when the sand once again builds up at the entrance.
Please always check the tide charts or ask at Information Centres for the latest information.
South East Protection Forum
This forum has been established by the government to seek public opinion on the long term vision for New Zealand’s coast. Over the next 18 months meetings will be held to consider the marine environment from Timaru to Waiapapa Point. Poster.
For more information including about meetings go to http://south-eastmarine.co.nz
2 Apr: Tokanui Big Rock Cougars - Progress Valley
A motorbike trail ride for keen motorbike enthusiasts.
June: Southland Districts Arts Trust Poetry Day - Tokanui Tavern 2pm
Recitals of poetry including original material.
Contact Steven Hayes, Ph 03 2468 44603 2468 446
July: Edible Art and Multi Challenge Tokanui Tavern 2pm
Contact Janice Broad, Ph 03 2469 56603 2469 566
Aug: The Catlins Coast Rally - An exciting car rally tackling many country roads.
Nov: Catlins Coastal Challenges.
6 Dec: Tri Pounawea Duathlon - Jacobs Hill Run/Walk
The Tri Pounawea Duathlon was a new event for the Catlins in 2009 organised by a group of local ladies. This is a fundraising event and all proceeds will be directed back into the community.
Tri Pounawea photo gallery
Phone Anne-Marie on 0276010974
28 Dec: Curio Bay Big Dig and Talent Quest
Community fundraising event. From 11.00 am.
Val Whyte, Ph 03 2468 89703 2468 897
31st Dec: Kaka Point New Year’s Eve
Annual bonfire on the beach.
31 Dec: New Year’s Eve Hoe Down
Locals and visitors get together to see in the New Year at Niagara Hall.
Janice Broad - 03 2469 56603 2469 566, Marylyn Hayes - 03 2468 44603 2468 446
5 Jan: Catlins Heritage Tour
Commentaries from Catlins Historical Society members.
Beginning at 1.30pm and lasting 2 – 3 hours.
$20 per car, $10 per person. Afternoon tea at museum included in price.
Contact John Burgess 4158 293 or Carolyn Deverson Abernethy 4158 880.
9 Jan: Beach Market Day at Kaka Point
Beach Market Day at Kaka Point
Saturday 10th January 2013 9.30 am - 2.00 pm
50 + Stalls.
Held in the Community Hall and surrounding areas outside the hall and The Point Cafe & Bar.
Areas set aside for car boot sales.
Contact Pauline Simpson 03 412 878303 412 8783.
Starting 20 Jan: Clutha Country Summer Series – Tri Athlon
Holiday Triathlon Series, Contact Tiny Carruthers 027 4367 174027 4367 174
30 Jan: Robbie Burns Scottish Night Hoe Down - Niagara Hall
Look out the tartan and come and celebrate Robbie Burns birthday at Niagara Hall. 8 pm. $5 entry.
Enquiries Janice Broad - 03 2469 56603 2469 566 or Steven Hayes 2468 446
6-7 Feb: Bluegrass Music Festival - Niagara Falls Café
For enquiries please contact:
Click here to view photos of this event.
Feb: The Catlins Great Escape Coastal Walk
Waikawa to Weirs Beach - more details to follow
23 Feb: Catlins Wisp Hill Climb Trail Ride
Trail Ride Owaka/Clinton Rd.
27 Feb - 6 Mar: Edge of the World Mixed Media Art Exhibition - Waikawa Hall
Local and outside artists exhibit a vibrant range of works. Small door charge. 9.00 am - 5.00 pm daily.
For more details contact: Janice Broad - 03 2469 56603 2469 566 or Cala Paenga - 03 2468 43403 2468 434
4 Mar - Papatowai Challenge
The Papatowai Challenge is a pre-season fun run and walk from a holiday home in the Catlins. It is
signposted at the south end of Tahakopa River Bridge Papatowai. Runners must be 13 years & over.
Papatowai is located approximately two hours from Dunedin and twenty-five minutes south of Owaka.
The Southern Scenic Route is now fully sealed. The Papatowai Challenge is run over the measured distance of 15.5 km and is over a varied scenic
course of well formed bush tracks, beach running and local roads.
Mar: The Catlins Canter - Owaka
An annual two day horse trek hosted by the Owaka Lions Club.
Warren Burgess, Owaka Lions Club, 03 415 801903 415 8019
20 Mar: Johnstone Electrical Bridge to Beach event
An annual event with range of race options from Balclutha to Kaka Point. http://www.bridgetobeach.co.nz/
Lisa Lyall, lisa.lyall@email@example.com, 0275 42 77 420275 42 77 42
Catlins Coast Newsletter September - October 2015