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Sealing Victoria Battery Road

The great news is the notorious pot holed rough road into the Victoria Battery from the Owharoa Bridge in Waikino is going to be sealed next month.  The not so good news is that the section of trail from the bridge into Victoria Battery is going to be closed for the month of September.

The trail section will be closed from Wednesday 1st September and scheduled to re-open Friday 1st October 2021. There will be no thoroughfare during this time.

The contractors are planning to work seven days a week (weather permitting) for the sealing of the road. So if the weather plays its part, the trail may be re-opened earlier than planned.

Riders coming in from Waihi will be able to cycle as far as the Victoria Battery, but not progress beyond. 

Riders coming in via the tunnel will be able to cycle as far as the Owharoa Bridge / Waitawheta Road junction. 

We strongly advise riders not to cycle on SH2 through the Karangahake Gorge, and to plan alternative trail rides during September.

We thank you for your patience, and look forward to welcoming everyone back onto this part of the trail soon.


*Trail Trilogy Event - the Event will run as scheduled on Sunday 12 September, with the Trail open to all on this day. The works will shut down just for this day, to allow participants and other users safe passage through the site.

*You can find more information about Section C here, and download the Map here.


Photo: Victoria Battery


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