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.