New Zealand Cycle Trail Enhancement and Extension Fund

The New Zealand Cycle Trail Enhancement and Extension Fund supports projects by eligible organisations that improve and extend Ngā Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail.

About the fund

In 2016 the Government approved $25 million to improve and extend Ngā Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail.

The New Zealand Cycle Trail Enhancement and Extension Fund provides up to $6 million each year to eligible organisations whose projects extend or improve the Great Rides of the New Zealand Cycle Trail.

The application process

Eligible organisations must complete a 3-stage application process:

Stage 1

Organisations must develop and present a plan. This is a 10-year vision for developing each Great Ride, broken into different phases and projects.

Stage 2

Stage 2 requires preparation and approval of a business case. The business case must provide evidence of the benefits of the programme or project for a Great Ride. These benefits must be delivered over a 3- to 4-year time frame for funding to be approved.

Stage 3

Stage 3 requires delivery and approval of an implementation plan. This is a detailed project plan for delivering the preferred solution for each project.

Applications in progress

Great Ride governing bodies are currently considering or preparing their business cases. Business cases are expected to identify the associated costs and benefits of each project. This includes the economic benefits of the proposal to the local region.The completion date for each business case is up to the applicant.

Once a business case has been approved, applicants are asked to develop an implementation plan for each project within the business case. The implementation plan must contain specific details of what's required to deliver the agreed project outcome including:

  • scope
  • timelines
  • quality standards
  • design
  • build
  • cost
  • approvals.

Funding recipients

Funding has been approved for some projects subject to delivery and approval of an implementation plan for each project.

Priority projects

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

Applicants must complete stage 2 of the application process (delivery and approval of a business case) at a later date. A detailed implementation assessment must be delivered and approved before the project receives funding.

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Funding recipients

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.