Construction of the new facilities at Otumuheke Hot Stream continues with erosion mitigation work and installation of a new bridge and terraced seating around the public bathing area. Heavy machinery will be used for this phase of the project, and river levels will be lowered to accommodate this, so from June 6 – June 20 the bathing area will be closed to the public for safety reasons.
Contractors will endeavour to keep access open during weekends when possible. Signage will indicate when the pools are open.
Taupo District Council landscape architect Fraser Scott said "The new bathing area will be a real asset to the Taupo community. There will be heavy machinery operating over this time, so we ask that visitors pay attention to the site signs, and do not enter the pools while the area is closed for their own safety."
The redevelopment of Otumuheke Hot Stream will help address erosion, safety, and rubbish issues that have increased along with rising visitor numbers.
The natural hot springs are of cultural importance to local iwi as an historic bathing and meeting place. A rare species of native fern also grows alongside the stream.
The project has been created in collaboration with key partners, including the Patuiwi Reserve Trust, Tūwharetoa Trust Board, Taupo District Council and the Department of Conservation. Taupo Police and Waikato Regional Council have also been involved.
Construction will continue until July. Signage will guide visitors to the areas of the site that are safe for use.
June 8 2018
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