$3.4m to extend Hauraki Rail Trail

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$3.4m to extend Hauraki Rail Trail

Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis today announced up to $3.4 million in funding to help improve and extend Waikato’s Hauraki Rail Trail.

This is the second major investment to be made through the Ngā Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail Enhancement and Extension Fund and will see the trail extended from Miranda to Kaiaua at one end and from Te Aroha to Matamata at the other.

This investment will bring the current 120 km trail up to about 168 km, providing a more attractive multi-day ride.  The enhanced trail, which offers access to accommodation, food and beverage, shows different facets of the region – from the rich Māori and goldmining histories to the beauty of the Kaimai Ranges and the Coromandel Peninsula.

Funding also covers a smaller project to install bike racks in Te Aroha created by local artist Adrian Worsley, whose quirky sculptures are made entirely from recycled materials and will be a unique feature of the trail.

Extensions to the trail are expected to take up to two years to complete.