Linked in: new sec­tions of track ready to go

Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - FRONT PAGE - EMILY HEYWARD

Fancy ex­plor­ing the Marl­bor­ough Sounds? Be­cause it just got a lit­tle eas­ier.

Two sec­tions of the multi-use Link Path­way track con­nect­ing Have­lock and Pic­ton opened on Fri­day, just in time for Christ­mas.

Tram­pers, run­ners and cy­clists will be able to tackle the 3-kilo­me­tre sec­tions be­tween Mo­morangi Bay and Ngakuta Bay, and Wedge Point and Shake­speare Bay.

Link path­way co-or­di­na­tor Rick Ed­monds said the new sec­tions of track would pro­vide ‘‘stun­ning views’’ of the Sounds.

Ed­monds said the sec­tion be­tween Mo­morangi and Ngakuta ‘‘ticked all the boxes’’.

It was a ‘‘re­ally su­perb part of the path­way,’’ he said.

‘‘I’m say­ing to peo­ple if they want to have a look at what we are do­ing, that’s the sec­tion that’s re­ally the stand­out ex­am­ple of what the project is try­ing to achieve.’’

Ed­monds said that sec­tion of­fered an easy gra­di­ent and was ex­pect­ing the track to be wellused.

‘‘It will be re­ally pop­u­lar be­cause it goes into the Mo­morangi Bay camp ground, so there will be a thou­sand or more peo­ple there next week who can now go for a walk along that path­way,’’ he said.

The sec­tion of track from Wedge Point to Shake­speare Bay was also a ‘‘re­ally sig­nif­i­cant’’

‘‘I’m say­ing to peo­ple if they want to have a look at what we are do­ing, that’s the sec­tion that’s re­ally the stand­out ex­am­ple of what the project is try­ing to achieve.’’

part of the track as it was close to Pic­ton.

‘‘The cruise liner peo­ple will be able to walk that sec­tion of the track for an in­tro­duc­tion Sounds ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ he said.

The two sec­tions of track were part of a 42km project aimed to con­nect local com­mu­ni­ties be­tween Have­lock and Pic­ton.

The project was into its 12th year and would ex­tend the ex­ist­ing Queen Char­lotte Track.

About 20 per cent of the to­tal Link Path­way com­prised an aban­doned his­toric bri­dle path con­structed more than 150 years ago.

Ed­monds said the bri­dle path was re­vamped to en­sure it was up to stan­dard.

About five to six peo­ple had worked reg­u­larly on the two sec­tions of track since the start of 2017.

Out­ward Bound stu­dents also came to help work on the track once a month, Ed­monds said.

‘‘They’re fit and eager ... so they just go for it,’’ he said.

Ed­monds said the next sec­tion of track to be worked on would be the 3km sec­tion be­tween Anakiwa and Pic­ton.

‘‘We’ve got about 1km still to do at the Pic­ton end and we’ve got about 2km to do at the Grove/ Anakiwa end,’’ he said.

That par­tic­u­lar sec­tion was ex­pected to be com­pleted by June 2018.

Once it had been com­pleted, the re­main­ing part of the track to­wards the Have­lock end would be worked on.

Ed­monds hoped the project would be wrapped up by 2020 to co­in­cide with the 250th an­niver­sary of Cap­tain Cook ar­riv­ing at Mere­toto/Ship Cove in the Marl­bor­ough Sounds.

Fund­ing for the Link Path­way had come from the Marl­bor­ough District Coun­cil, Ra¯ta¯ Foun­da­tion, Pub Char­ity as well as a host of com­pa­nies and in­di­vid­u­als.

PHOTO: RICKY WIL­SON/STUFF

Rick Ed­monds said the sec­tion of track be­tween Mo­morangi Bay and Ngakuta was a ‘‘re­ally su­perb part of the path­way’’. Rick Ed­monds, Link Path­way co­or­di­na­tor

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