Waitaki Valley and Mackenzie Basin campers reminded to be vigilant over holidays

Environment Canterbury is advising campers and holidaymakers to take care and keep up-to-date with weather conditions when choosing campsites by the Waitaki and Mackenzie lakes, rivers and streams over the holiday season.

Environment Canterbury Duty Flood Controller Phil Lees says late December and early January is often a time when heavy nor-west rain can occur in the main divide, which may result in a rapid rise in water levels in rivers and streams.

"All campers and holidaymakers should be aware of the potential for rising water levels and changing river flow paths. The problem can be that it is a beautiful day in the Waitaki Valley, yet it is pouring with rain back in the mountains.

"This water has to go somewhere and holidaymakers are reminded that it may take several days to arrive in downstream waterways. We want people to enjoy their summer but stay safe as well."

If you are planning to visit lakes and rivers, or camp nearby, check the latest weather forecast before heading out, as well as monitoring our rainfall data and river flow data.

This message is prepared by Environment Canterbury, Meridian Energy and Genesis Energy.