Funding recipients for major enhancements

The New Zealand Cycle Trail Enhancement and Extension Fund has approved funding to a range of projects that will improve and extend the Great Rides.

Project funding recipients

The following projects have received approval for funding subject to completion of stage 3 of the application process — delivery and approval of a satisfactory implementation plan.

Queenstown Trails Trust: Queenstown Trails

The Queenstown Trails Trust has received approval for $6.745 million to realign the Queenstown Trails Great Ride.

Funding will be used to construct a 12km cycle trail from Arthurs Point to Arrowtown and, subject to changes to the Otago Conservation Management Strategy, a 2.7km trail from Tuckers Beach to Arthurs Point and a 10.5km trail from Lake Hayes Estate to Gibbston Valley. The Lake Hayes Estate to Gibbston Valley Trail is also subject to construction of a Frankton to Lake Hayes Estate cycle trail as part of the Wakatipu Active Transport programme.

The Queenstown Trails Realignment Project will create a well-defined multi-day route that showcases the history, culture, landscapes, and vineyards in the Wakatipu Basin.

Bike Taupo: Great Lake Trail

Bike Taupo has received $245,000 for a 15km extension to the Great Lake Trail. The new Otaketake Link will branch off the K2K Track, between Kawakawa Bay and Kinloch, and run to the start of the Orakau Track.

The extension will create a scenic 30km off-road loop that will add to the appeal of the Great Lake Trail and improve safety for those cyclists who currently ride on the road to undertake a similar loop.

Central Otago Queenstown Trail Network Trust: Central Otago Queenstown Trail Network

Central Otago Queenstown Trail Network Trust has received approval for $13.2 million to:

  • help create a 530km continuous trail network across the Otago region, connecting 4 existing Great Rides in the area
  • build an additional link north to Wanaka.

The Great Rides included in the new network are the Clutha Gold Trail, Otago Central Rail Trail, Roxburgh Gorge Trail, and Queenstown Trails.

Around 122km of new trail will be built, and a further 47km of existing trail upgraded to Great Ride standards.

Hauraki Rail Trail Charitable Trust: Hauraki Rail Trail

Hauraki Rail Trail Charitable Trust has received approval for $3.4 million to help extend the trail from Miranda to Kaiaua at one end, and from Te Aroha to Matamata at the other.

The current 120km of trail will be extended to 168km, and provide a more attractive multi-day ride.

Funding also includes a smaller project to install bike racks in Te Aroha to be completed. The racks will be created by local artist Adrian Worsley.

Tasman District Council: Tasman’s Great Taste Trail

Tasman District Council has received approval for $2.4 million to help extend the trail, creating a 2 to 4 day loop ride.

This ride links accommodation, food and beverage outlets with:

  • beaches
  • vineyards
  • National Parks
  • heritage sites, and
  • arts and crafts producers.

Priority projects

The Enhancement and Extension Fund allows some high priority safety projects to progress straight to stage 3 (implementation plan) of the funding process. This allows critical safety projects to start as soon as possible.

These projects must:

  • complete stage 2 of the application process (providing a business case) at a later date
  • go through a detailed implementation assessment before receiving funding.

Approved priority projects

Clutha Gold Trail

$40,000 for a 600 metre extension from the end of the current trail (beside State Highway 8) to the Lawrence town centre.

Hawkes Bay Trails

$597,000 for 2 safety improvement projects.

Motu Trail

$59,500 to install safety barriers.

Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail

$393,500 to address fall hazards and narrow or boggy sections of the trail.

Old Ghost Road

$847,500 for 3 safety improvement projects.

Remutaka Cycle Trail

$334,125 to:

  • bridge Siberia Stream
  • install toilets
  • upgrade sections on the Wild Coast section of the trail which can't be ridden.

Roxburgh Gorge Trail

Up to $120,000 to replace a steep incline with a switchback trail.

Waikato River Trail

$553,000 to reroute a short section of trail for safety reasons, and up to $99,000 to improve a section of trail that runs alongside State Highway 30 between Whakamaru and Atiamuri.