Fiona Thompson and David Vanstone at the entrance to the Spooner's tunnel during it's official opening and public ride in April. Photo: Jessie Johnston.

Spooner’s Tunnel reopened


Spooner’s Tunnel has been reopened for cyclists and walkers today.

The tunnel was temporarily closed while engineering assessments and remedial work was done by Tasman District Council to ensure its stability.

“Wet weather delayed work on the tunnel and engineers needed for a final assessment were understandably occupied with assisting those affected by last month’s Kaikoura earthquake,” said Chair of the Nelson Tasman Cycle Trust Gill Wratt.

“This meant that the reopening of the tunnel was pushed back to early December. We’re delighted that the work has now been completed and the tunnel will be open for the busy summer period.

“Getting the tunnel reopened has been a team effort and we want to particularly acknowledge the Tasman District Council which gave priority to funding the engineering work needed to get the tunnel reopened.”

The Spooner’s Tunnel is the Southern Hemisphere’s longest tunnel used exclusively by walkers and cyclists and was opened as part of the Great Taste Trail in April.

The tunnel was temporarily closed for assessment and repairs after a movement in a small crack at the tunnel’s northern entrance was identified during a routine inspection in August.