Ex­tra miles from Bud­get


The long-planned Paekakariki escarpment sec­tion of Te Araroa is set for a ma­jor cash in­jec­tion fol­low­ing the re­cent Bud­get an­nounce­ment.

Te Araroa Trust chief ex­ec­u­tive Geoff Chap­ple said the escarpment walk would re­ceive a ‘‘sig­nif­i­cant amount’’ of the $1.5 mil­lion awarded in the Bud­get for Te Araroa, a trail run­ning the length of New Zealand.

‘‘This will be one of the great Kiwi tracks, and not just for Te Araroa, but it will be a stand-alone track.’’

The Paekakariki escarpment track would cost about $ 900,000 to com­plete and re­place a road ‘‘by­pass’’ sec­tion, along the Cen­ten­nial High­way to Pukerua Bay, cur­rently used for Te Araroa.

It would re­quire a ‘‘fam­ily’’ of fun­ders to com­plete, with the trust wait­ing till it se­cures the full $900,000 be­fore an­nounc­ing a start date for con­struc­tion.

Mr Chap­ple said Te Araroa com­prised about 300 linked tracks from Cape Reinga to Bluff, and was likely to be of­fi­cially opened next sum­mer.

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