Maintaining the Quality of Great Rides Fund: Funding recipients

Funding rounds for the Maintaining the Quality of Great Rides Fund occur twice a year. The following projects have received funding.

Round 12 funding recipients

Total project costs for round 12 applications was approximately $1.4 million, of which the fund is contributing $893,216

Hawke's Bay Regional Council: Hawke's Bay Trails

$18,620 for:

  • A range of improvements to the Hawke's Bay Trails including interpretation boards, signage and bike racks.

Waitaki District Council: Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

$33,721 for:

  • A range of safety improvements to the A2O cycle trail including the installation of safety barriers, safety advisory notices, road crossing treatments and trail realignment.

Otago Central Rail Trail Trust: Otago Central Rail Trail

$70,726 for:

  • Projects to enhance the user experience on the Otago Central Rail Trail, including interpretation and wayfinding.

Tasman District Council: Tasman Great Taste Trail

$76,769 for:

  • Trail surface improvements at several locations on the Tasman Great Taste Trail and installation of signage emphasising the range of tastes and experiences along the trail.

Queenstown Trail Trust: Queenstown Trails

$10,783 for:

  • Installation of new interpretation panels at four historic sites along the Queenstown Trails.

Nelson City Council: Coppermine Trail

$10,072 for:

  • The installation of distance marker posts along the Coppermine trail and slip monitoring to help manage user safety along the trail.

Hauraki Rail Trail Charitable Trust: Hauraki Rail Trail

$97,230 for:

  • Installation of 16 shelters along the Hauraki Rail Trail and trail surface improvements at one location.

Westland District Council: West Coast Wilderness Trail

$100,000 for:

  • Bridge widening and repair at two locations on the West Coast Wilderness Trail.

Motu Trails Trust: Motu Trails

$2,000 for:

  • Funding to replace roofing iron stolen from a shelter on the Motu Trails.

Queenstown Trails Trust: Queenstown Trails

$93,502 for:

  • Several projects to repair damage to the Queenstown Trails caused by storms in December 2019 and February 2020.

Southland District Council: Around the Mountains Cycle Trail

$379,793 for:

  • Extreme event recovery works to repair damage to the Around the Mountains cycle trail caused by significant widespread flooding in February 2020.

Round 11 funding recipients

Eight applicants received funding in Round 11 of the Maintaining the Quality of Great Rides Fund.

Total project costs for Round 11 applications was approximately $1.3 million, of which the fund is contributing $789,054.

Waikato River Trails Trust - Waikato River Trails 

$71,500 for:

  • Upgrading various sections of the trail between Waipapa Dam and Atiamuri                          

The Rotorua Trails Trust - Te Ara Ahi       

$16,640 for:

  • For improvements to the trail surface and drainage through Hemo Gorge, and a minor trail realignment

Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail Trust - Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail      

$23,428 for:

  • Improving the user experience on the trail by providing a range of amenities such as interpretation, bike stands, picnic tables, and shelters at key locations                     

West Coast Wilderness Trail Trust – West Coast Wilderness Trail 

$28,522 for:

  • Installation of interpretation panels and directional signage/distance markers in the Greymouth area to help guide riders, and the installation of shelters at three key locations in the Westland District 

Hauraki Rail Trail Charitable Trust – Hauraki Rail Trail       

$112,640 for:

  • A range of trail enhancements, including cattle-stop improvements, trail re-surfacing and re-fencing                

Hauraki Rail Trail Charitable Trust – Hauraki Rail Trail

$20,120 for:

  • Repair of trail surface on stop banks between Kopu and Waitakaruru                       

Ruapehu District Council - Mountains to Sea Trail            

$300,000 for:

  • Safety improvement works to re-open the closed section of the Mangapurua track. This includes trail construction work, installation of safety barriers, widening the track, surface stabilisation and metalling.         

Queenstown Trails Trust – The Queenstown Trail

$216,204 for:

  • Trail re-alignment and boardwalk construction to reduce the steep gradient on the ramp up to the Heritage Kawarau Falls Bridge                           

Round 10 funding recipients

Eight applicants received funding in Round 10 of the Maintaining the Quality of Great Rides Fund.

Total project costs for Round 10 applications was approximately $1.12 million, of which the fund is contributing $630,000.

Queenstown Trails Trust: The Queenstown Trail

$40,483 for:

  • Trail enhancements to the Queenstown Trail
  • A formal road crossing of State Highway 6

Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust – The Old Ghost Road

$14,818 for:

  • Replacement and upgrade of 56 mattresses at the Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust owned and managed huts on the Old Ghost Road

Southland District Council – Around the Mountains Trail

$38,911 for:

  • A range of amenity enhancements to improve the user experience on the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail, including interpretation, bike stands, picnic tables and water storage

Tasman District Council - Tasman Great Taste Trail

$55,742 for:

  • Provision of facilities and trail enhancements to improve the user experience on the Tasman Great Taste Trail

Hauraki Rail Trail Charitable Trust – Hauraki Rail Trail

$235,658 for:

  • Trail enhancements, provision of facilities and interpretation and signage on the Hauraki Rail Trail

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council – Hawke’s Bay Trails

$55,000 for:

  • Trail surface, signage and landscaping improvements at the Black Bridge underpass to improve user safety on the Hawke’s Bay Trails

Otago Central Rail Trail Charitable Trust - Otago Central Rail Trail

$19,817 for:

  • Increase in the level of funding awarded in MGR Round nine. MGR Round nine approved $41,700 with total cost estimated at $83,400 for a significant interpretation upgrade on the Otago Central Rail Trail.

Central Otago Clutha Trails Limited – Clutha Gold and Roxburgh Gorge Trails

$166,910 for:

  • Stage two resilience works to repair and future proof the Clutha Gold and Roxburgh Gorge Trails following an extreme event in November 2018

Round 9 funding recipients

Thirteen applicants received funding in Round 9 of the Maintaining the Quality of Great Rides Fund.

Total project costs for Round 9 applications was approximately $1.4 million, of which the fund is contributing $770,000.

Motu Trails Charitable Trust: Motu Trail

$28,573 to:

  • build 2 new shelters at main locations on the Motu Trails
  • construct a short track realignment to create a loop at the eastern end of the Dunes Trail.

Queenstown Trails Trust: Queenstown Trails

$23,247 to realign the link between the Twin Rivers Trail and the Frankton Track on the Queenstown Trails.

Hauraki Rail Trail Charitable Trust: Hauraki Rail Trail

$67,490 for:

  • surface improvement
  • removal of obsolete cattle stops
  • trail landscaping.

Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust: Old Ghost Road

$22,637 to upgrade the trail surface on a discrete, 1.2 km section of the Old Ghost Road near Goat Creek to meet NZCT Grade 4 design specifications.

Bike Taupo Inc: Great Lake Trail

$26,575 for a range of works on the Great Lake Trail, including:

  • new interpretation signage
  • trail surface upgrades
  • bridge replacement across Otaketake stream
  • a revision of trail accessibility and use information.

WREDA: Remutaka Cycle Trail

$56,000 to construct an off-road track alongside Lake Wairarapa to take riders off Western Lake Road.

Alps to Ocean Joint Committee: A2O Cycle Trail

$28,045 for surface improvements on the Tarnbrae track section of the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail.

Southland District Council: Around the Mountains Cycle Trail

$116,050 for:

  • shelters and toilets
  • terminal improvements at Centre Hill
  • emergency communications on the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail.

Otago Central Rail Trail Charitable Trust: Otago Central Rail Trail

$41,700 to implement Phase One of the Central Otago Rail Trail Interpretation Plan.

Nelson City Council: Dun Mountain Trail

$145,488 across 2 applications for:

  • a trail upgrade from Coppermine Saddle to the Maitai Dam
  • remediation of 2 significant slips on the Dun Mountain Trail.

Westland District Council: West Coast Wilderness Trail

$213,563 across 2 applications to address cyclist safety:

  • at Old Christchurch Road by building new sections of off-road trail to remove the trail from the road
  • near the township of Kaniere by constructing 3 km of new off-road cycle trail.

Round 8 funding recipients

Fourteen applicants received funding in Round 8 of the Maintaining the Quality of Great Rides Fund. A total of $1,117,649 was awarded.

Central Otago Clutha Trails Limited: Roxburgh Gorge and Clutha Gold Trails

$63,565 for runoff and water table improvements to manage heavy rainfall and reduce maintenance costs.

Central Otago Clutha Trails Limited: Roxburgh Gorge Trail

$19,156 for storm repairs following severe heavy rainfall on 26 November 2017.

Far North District Council: Twin Coast Cycle Trail

$300,000 for:

  • surface improvements, mostly concreting flood-prone sections of the trail
  • to install squeeze bars, interpretation signage and seats.

Hauraki Rail Trail Trust: Hauraki Rail Trail

$214,000 for extreme event recovery works following a storm surge in January 2018.

Hawkes Bay Regional Council: Hawke’s Bay Trails

$65,000 for emergency flood repairs and safety works.

Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust: Old Ghost Road

$24,324 for durable surface upgrades to Earnest Valley sections of the trail, north of Stern Valley hut.

Nelson City Council: Dun Mountain Trail

$20,000 for native replanting and weed control to improve the user experience on 1.25 kilometres of the Codgers section of the trail.

Queen Charlotte Track Incorporated: Queen Charlotte Track

$45,000 extra funding for work to reroute 6.4 kilometres of the trail between Ship Cove and Schoolhouse Bay campsite.

Queenstown Trails Trust: Queenstown Trails

$15,125 to build 600 metres of off-road trail, removing the existing route from the busy Lower Shotover and Domain Roads.

Ruapehu District Council: Mountains to Sea

$11,890 extra funding for works to improve the trail surface.

Tasman District Council: Tasman Great Taste Trail

$300,000 for extreme event recovery work following storms on 8 November 2017 and 1 February 2018.

Tourism Waitaki: Alps 2 Ocean

$14,203 to repair flood damage to the Kurow to Oamaru section of the trail caused by heavy rainfall during Cyclone Gita in February 2018.

Waikato River Trails Charitable Trust: Waikato River Trails

$2,313 for emergency safety works.

West Coast Wilderness Trail Trust: West Coast Wilderness Trail

$23,073 for interpretation signage, bike stands and start/finish photo boards.

Round 7 funding recipients

Eight applicants received funding in Round 7 of the Maintaining the Quality of Great Rides Fund. A total of $707,999 was awarded.

Rail Trail Trust: Hauraki Rail Trail

$123,680 for:

  • trail improvements
  • signage and interpretation
  • repairs to damage caused by vandalism on the trail.

Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust: Old Ghost Road

$45,858 for an upgrade of the toilets at the 4 main hut sites.

Motu Trails Trust: Motu Trails

$10,072 for improvements on the Dunes Trail, including:

  • resurfacing
  • easing of gradients, and
  • building a short section of trail to link 2 new bridges.

Queenstown Trails Trust: Queenstown Trail

$69,224 to install safety barriers and for plantings to reduce the risk of significant fall hazards.

Tasman District Council: Tasman Great Taste Trail

$186,665 to:

  • reroute a section of trail away from the river to protect the trail from flood damage in the future, and
  • trail widening and improvements at Kaiteriteri.

Waikato River Trails Trust: Waikato River Trail

  • $150,000 for improvements on the Lake Karapiro section of the trail, including retaining wall upgrades and trail widening, and
  • $52,500 for extreme event recovery works to repair damage to the trail caused by heavy rainfall.

Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency: Rimutaka Cycle Trail

$70,000 for extreme event recovery works to repair damage caused to the trail by recent storm events.

Rounds 1 to 6 funding recipients

Recipients of funding in Rounds 1 to 6 of the Maintaining the Quality of Great Rides Fund, and the total amount awarded in each round are summarised in the table below.  Full details are provided in this document:

Maintaining the Quality of Great Rides Fund: Funding recipients Rounds 1-6 [PDF, 259 KB]

Round No of applications Funding received
6 12 $527,732
5 9 $837,132
4 7 $1,209,824.17
3 9 $546,400
2 6 $394,637
1 13 $970,000