Update 19/02/2020 - Aniseed Valley Road, Lee Valley Road, Wairoa Gorge Road, Rocky River Road and Baton Valley Road have now had restrictions lifted and access has been reopened to these roads today.

Update 17/02/2020 - Milnethorpe Quay and Canaan Road were initially included as restricted access roads, however after much-needed rain lowered the fire risk, access was reopened to these roads today.  


Tasman District Council will be limiting access for the general public on several rural roads from Friday 14 February 2020. Residents and authorised people only will have access.

Based on recommendations from Fire and Emergency, due to extreme fire risk and in accordance with Section 52 of the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017, access to the following roads is restricted to residents, workers and authorised personnel only as of 12 noon Friday 14 February 2020 until further notice:

  • Aniseed Valley Road – from intersection with Haycock Rd
  • Lee Valley Road – from first swimming hole on left
  • Wairoa Gorge Road – from Pig Valley Rd intersection
  • Rocky River Road
  • Baton Valley Road
  • Milnethorpe Quay
  • Canaan Road

These roads are considered high risk should fire break out, as they are one way in and out and are home to a number of residents. Limiting access is aimed at reducing the risk of a fire starting in these areas. As with the decision to close some Council reserves, this step has been taken with protecting public safety as our top priority.   

If residents are concerned about unauthorised activity on these roads once the restrictions are in place, they should contact Police in the first instance.

For more information, this letter is being distributed to residents in the affected areas (pdf, 364 KB)