Matiri Project Information

Description of works

Update 21 October 2020


Access to Kahurangi National Park

Based on information from DOC, you can get back out and enjoy the Kahurangi National Park.

New Zealand is at Covid-19 Alert Level 1 with DOC facilities fully open without restrictions including visitor centres, huts, campgrounds and toilets.  

Pioneer Energy has a COVID Tracer QR code located at the visitor communication hut and we ask you to record your visit.

Labour Weekend - Closure

Saturday 24 October to Tuesday 27 October 2020

Construction on this project will stop on Saturday 24 October 2019 and recommence on Tuesday 27 October 2020.  During the period of closure, the public is asked to remain on the newly-formed track past the construction areas which connects to the original track in the DOC Estate.

Public Access Procedures for Workdays

Nominal work hours are 7.00 am – 6:00 pm Monday to Saturday.

A site hut is located at the Matiri West Branch end of the works, adjacent to the DOC car park, and another at the western side of Coal Creek (nearing top of the hill). These huts have communications facilities to contact contractors, and visitors will need to press a button to advise the construction crew of your arrival at the hut.   

A radio will be in each hut and another with the contractor, to enable the public to alert the contractor of their presence.  Instructions will be provided for reference and use. The contractor needs to know when you are likely to enter the construction area from either end of the valley so that safe passage can be arranged.  Additional cleaning and sanitising measures of the communications have been introduced to keep the public and workers safe.   

The contractor will provide a safe pedestrian detour around the active worksite and maintain and relocate that detour as the active worksite progresses up the valley.  On occasion, you may be transported by vehicle through the construction site. 

As the worksite advances up the valley watch and listen carefully for construction traffic that may be using the completed road.

Public Access Outside of Nominal Work Hours

During the period of closure, the public is asked to follow the newly-formed track past the construction areas which connects to the original track.

Track construction has been completed from the temporary access bridge at the Matiri West Branch, past the proposed powerhouse site right through to the Sweeping Bend.  A track has been cleared through the forest for the pipeline construction and visitors will notice a junction where the walking track and the pipeline separate.  We ask that the public keeps to the walking track. 

Outside of nominal working works contractors may be working at the powerhouse site, and we ask that the public stay well clear when walking past this area as this is a construction site with multiple hazards.  It should be noted that once the foundation has been completed the area will be restored close to the original ground level. 

While the communication huts will not be functioning, always keep a lookout for construction traffic as the site will be monitored on a regular basis and workers may be accessing the powerhouse area. 

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Public access procedures for weekends and holidays  

During the weekend and holidays walking access to Kahurangi National Park remains open. Do not enter any areas cordoned off from the public. See above note regarding access during COVID 19 restrictions.


Contact details: 

Phone number during working hours: 0508 363 749

Email during working hours:

Complaints register:

If you have a concern either call or email with the following information:

Your name
Contact details
The location the incident occurred
The nature of the complaint including the date, time and duration of the incident or matter that resulted in the complaint
The likely or possible causes of the incident (if known)
The nature of any corrective action undertaken by the consent holder in response to the complaint.

Any complaints received are available to the Tasman District Council and the Department of Conservation.

Please contact us if you have any concerns in relation to issues of public safety, operational practices, public access and environmental concern.