The Ashburton District Council has had to shut the gates to the Taylors Stream camping and picnicking area on Arundel Rakaia Gorge Road for the remainder of winter, following significant vehicle damage to the grassy area.
The wet and colder conditions leave the rural reserve vulnerable to car tyres cutting up the area, and this damage has forced the Council to close the area until Spring. The Council regularly inspect the condition of this area around this time of year, to ensure the grassy areas are preserved and well maintained.
Taylors Stream is located on the Inland Scenic Route north of Staveley, and is used by picnickers and freedom campers.
Bowyers Stream and Hinds River north of Mayfield remain open for picnics and self-contained overnight stay.