On January 23, 2019 a significant slip occurred at Cape Kidnappers, resulting in the Hastings District Council closing beach access from Clifton in the interests of public safety. On this page the council will provide updates on any other slip activity, progress with geologist investigations of the area, and decision-making around beach access to the area. From June 5 2019, the beach has been re-opened, warning signs remain in place, and kaitiaki are stationed near Clifton Campground at low tide to warn people to be careful if accessing the beach. The 1.5 km DOC-managed track, which forms part of the 9 km Cape Kidnappers walking track, will remain closed while a Quantitative Risk Assessment report goes through the final stages of review.
Explore the 3D drone imagery that has been captured from the button below.
See below before and after photos following a second slip on February 2. Click images to enlarge.
As part of the Quantitative Risk Analysis being undertaken at Cape Kidnappers, this drone footage gives a detailed overview of 9.5km of the coastline, footage that will help determine the risks associated with the cliffs.
New signage has been installed at the entrance to Clifton Beach to help reduce confusion as to when and where peopl...
12 February 2020
The 1.5 km DOC-managed track, which forms part of the 9 km Cape Kidnappers walking track, will remain closed while ...
23 January 2020
The Clifton Beach access to Cape Kidnappers has been re-opened, but the public is being urged to avoid the area due...
5 June 2019
Access to Cape Kidnappers along Clifton Beach was set to re-open on April 29, but another landslide over Easter mea...
26 April 2019
Ongoing landslides continue at Clifton Beach, prompting calls to continue to heed warning signs of the beach closur...
4 April 2019
Unless a weather event prevents it, the Hastings District Council is aiming to re-open access along Clifton Beach t...
28 March 2019
Beach access from Clifton to Cape Kidnappers will remain closed until risk management measures are put in place.
7 March 2019
Access to Cape Kidnappers along Clifton Beach will be re-opened while a Quantitative Risk Analysis (QRA) is underta...
6 March 2019
An interim geologist’s report into the landslide at Cape Kidnappers will be presented to Hastings district counci...
25 February 2019
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