A further $2.3 million invested in Ngā Haerenga, New Zealand Cycle Trail

Published: 23 April 2019

Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis has announced further investment in the Great Rides, to create new tracks, repair damaged track and for essential maintenance.

The Hawke’s Bay will see an extra 34.5 km of new cycle ways being added to the Hawke’s Bay Trails Great Ride following a $1.3 million investment from the New Zealand Cycle Trail: Enhancement and Extension Fund. Three new extensions will be added to the popular Hawke’s Bay Trails Great Ride, adding to the over 200 km of largely off-road flat trails. The extensions are expected to contribute to a four per cent increase in users by 2023.

An additional $1 million is being invested for urgent track repairs and other track enhancements from the Maintaining the Quality of Great Rides Fund. This includes repairs to the Alps 2 Ocean Great Ride following heavy rain and severe flooding which caused major damage in November 2018.

Martin Cavanagh, Manager Investment Management & Performance at MBIE, says the additional investment is vital for keeping the Great Rides at the world-class standard expected of them.

“The Great Rides of Ngā Haerenga showcase the best of New Zealand’s landscapes, environment, culture and heritage,” says Martin.

“They offer a world-class visitor experience for locals and international tourists, and we need to keep improving and maintaining them so they can be enjoyed for generations to come.”

The Great Rides of Ngā Haerenga – the New Zealand Cycle Trail is a network of 22 exceptional trails across New Zealand.

Announcement by Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis(external link)

Details of the investment

Hawke’s Bay Trails Great Ride

  • $1.343 million of co-funding has been approved to build three new extensions to the Hawke’s Bay Trails Great Ride. This includes:
    • 5 km Bay View to Whirinaki extension which extends the popular Hawke’s Bay coastal trails northwards
    • 16 km Ngaruroro Explorer which will provide an attractive, easy and off-road loop route around the Ngaruroro River
    • 11 km Karamu Stream extension which will create a safe, off-road link to the Wineries Ride
  • The funding comes from the New Zealand Cycle Trail Enhancement and Extension Fund that provides up to $6 million each year to extend or improve the 22 Great Rides.
  • Since 2016, over $20 million has been invested across five of the trails from the Enhancement and Extension Fund.

Maintaining the Quality of Great Ride Fund

  • The Maintaining the Quality of Great Ride Fund (MGR) provides up to $2 million to maintain and improve existing sections of the New Zealand Cycle Trail.
  • $378,000 has been approved for repairs to the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail following severe flooding in the Mackenzie and Waitaki Districts in November 2018.
  • $627,339 has been approved from Round 10 of the MGR for other maintenance projects across seven trails. Further details from the Round 10 funding round can be found on the website.

For more information, see the page about Ngā Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website.

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