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Waimārama Road Cycle Trail Safety Upgrade The last leg of the Tukituki trail is complete

A new, 3km trail on Waimārama Rd provides a safer off-road route for cyclists and walkers, and enables NZ Cycle Trails to safely re-instate the Tukituki loop as part of the Hawke’s Bay Trails’ Landscapes Ride.

Waimarama Road MayorLast leg of the Tukituki trail on Waimārama Rd reinstated

Work to build a new, 3km off-road cycle trail along Wāimarama Rd, between Te Mata Rd and Craggy Range Winery, was completed in July 2021.

The new route enables NZ Cycle Trails to safely re-instate the Tukituki loop as part of the wider Hawke’s Bay Trails’ Landscapes Ride. One of Aotearoa’s 22 “Great Rides”, this offers access to the Tukituki valley, a beautiful part of the Hastings district and a unique recreational experience for our residents and visitors.

The previous on-road section of the trail ran along an 80km/hour road and was deemed a safety risk.

In response, Hastings District and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, along with Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment and the Eastern Central Community Trust proposed to jointly fund a new trail.

HDC held hui with mana whenua, in recognition of their role as council’s statutory partners, and at a hui-ā-hapū with Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga in February 2020, the project was endorsed.

In addition, Heritage NZ archaeological approval was sought and given. At times during the project an archaeologist was onsite while work was done on critical areas, accompanied by a cultural expert as necessary.

We will be planting 3,000 native trees alongside the cycleway over the hill sections in August/September 2021.

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