Flash Floods, a Tornado and Kauri Virus Hit Waitakere Regional Park

May 6, 2018

The Waitakere Ranges Regional Park has been shut to prevent the kauri virus spreading.

Entrances to the Regional Park are now closed to the public until summer.

Having time-out will also enable the damage caused by angry Mother Nature to be cleaned up ready for the tourist season.

Evidence of the tornado and flash flood are everywhere.

Glenesk Stream is cluttered with debris.

Large tree trunks have been blown across the tracks.

The intensity of the tornado lifted trees out of the ground.

These tree roots were embedded with chunks of rock.

Tangled trees and shrubs are all along the pathway.

Thanks to the City Council workers and locals, the tidy-up is well under way.

Many kauri survived the storm. Let’s hope the virus will be successfully dealt with too.