A Further $820,000 of Government Funding for Great Rides


Maintaining the Quality of Great Rides Fund (MGR), and is now calling for applications to the fund

Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced yesterday the Government would invest $820,000 in the upkeep of 11 New Zealand cycle trails in the Great Rides of Nga Haerenga network.

Central Otago Clutha Trails Limited will receive $82,721 for the Roxburgh Gorge and Clutha Gold Trails, and Queenstown Trails Trust will get $15,125 for the Queenstown Trail, while Tourism Waitaki’s Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail will receive $14,203.

Two councils will receive sizeable sums: the Tasman District Council $300,000 for the Tasman’s Great Taste Trail and the Far North District Council $284,174 for the Twin Coast Cycle Trail.

The funding has come from the eighth round of the Maintaining the Quality of Great Rides Fund, which aims to ensure New Zealand’s premier rides are maintained to their current world class standard.

The funding is great news for locals and the 220,000 international visitors who cycle each year. Maintenance projects include storm damage repairs, trail surface improvements, weed control and installation of signage.

This is part of the Government’s ongoing investment in the Great Rides of Nga Haerenga, including $3.4 million to extend the Hauraki Rail Trail and $2.4m to extend the Tasman cycle trail.

Other trails to receive funding include:

– Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust: Old Ghost Road (West Coast), $24,324

– Nelson City Council: Dun Mountain Trail (Nelson/Tasman), $20,000

– Queen Charlotte Track Incorporated: Queen Charlotte Track (Marlborough), $45,000

– Ruapehu District Council: Mountains to Sea (Manawatū-Whanganui), $11,890

– West Coast Wilderness Trail Trust: West Coast Wilderness Trail (West Coast), $23,073.