District Information

Fox Glacier Waste and Recycling Services

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Fox Glacier Recycling and Waste services will be back in operation from 5 December 2019.

Cycle Trail update

Work commenced this week on another new off-road section of the cycle trail.

Nearly 650m of new trail has been cleared in easy terrain before moving into more challenging bush zones. This new trail section will be 3 km of off-road meandering through an old dredging dam, along the defunct historic tramway and through Department of Conservation estate.

Work is expected to take three months before completion and council would like to thank all parties associated with the project including landowners for their support and MBIE for funding assistance.

Rural Connectivity Group update

The Rural Connectivity Group (RCG) continues to make good progress across the West Coast with the roll out of the governments Rural Broadband Initiative Phase 2 and Mobile Black Spots programme.  To date sites have been built and are providing services to the communities of Haast township, Tatare, Ruatapu, Pukekura, Okarito, and Lake Wahapo.  There are also small cells operating to assist with coverage along State Highway 6 near Lake Moeraki, Bruce Bay and Roaring Billy Falls.  

Extreme Science II coming to Westland


Wednesday 16 October, 2019

Extreme Science on the road to the West Coast

People living in hard to reach and remote communities are often excluded from experiences that urban New Zealanders take for granted; Extreme Science II is challenging this, by taking science, and scientists, to the beautiful West Coast.

Update 3: Fox River Clean up

Update 3 – 4 April 2019: Flow of rubbish into river stopped

Rubbish is no longer flowing into the Fox River from the closed Fox Glacier Township Landfill after contractors working there successfully diverted the river today. This has stopped the flow of rubbish into the river. The next step is  to install rock protection to the area. This work provides a short term solution while a longer term plan to secure the site is put in place.

Update: Roads

This is the latest information about the regions roads as of 12.00pm, Wednesday 3 April:

Dorothy Falls Road is still closed Between the Farm and Hans Bay. The Styx River end is open. It is currently accessible but a little rough in places so best suited to 4x4 vehicles until later in the week. Works are being done from today and it should be accessible for normal vehicles by the end of the week.

Milltown Road open only to residents presently but good progress is being made by repair crews.

Clean-up update


Update on the South Westland clean-up

Following last week’s significant rainfall event, Westland District Council has been undertaking assessments to assets throughout the district. The Council has found significant damage to roads and other assets. One of these being a closed landfill alongside the Fox River. The closed landfill was established in the 1960’s and closed in the early 2000’s.

Road and bridge update



Update on the local roads and bridges in Westland

This is the current status of the local roads and bridges in Westland following the storm event of last week.


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