New bike trail opens up the view

Rotorua Weekender - - News - Shauni James

A new moun­tain bike trail with rich his­tory and stun­ning views has been opened and is ready for bik­ers to en­joy.

The new Te Ko¯ tuku­tuku trail is at Lake Ro­toka¯ ka¯ hi — Green Lake.

The trail name comes from Te Ko¯ tuku­tuku Point along Lake Ro­toka¯ ka¯ hi. It is also the na­tive tree fuch­sia that grows in the area.

It was named and blessed by Tu¯ hourangi spokesman Ran­gi­tihi Pene. He also shared some of the his­tory of the area.

Ro­torua Trails Trust trails man­ager Damian Clarke says this trail has been years in the plan­ning.

They had to get the funds and the trail builders, as well as ap­proval and sup­port from Tim­ber­lands and the coun­cil, but most im­por­tantly from lo­cal landown­ers, Tu¯ hourangi.

“We can’t thank them enough for al­low­ing us ac­cess to build this trail in the most tran­quil and beau­ti­ful part of the Whakare­warewa For­est.”

Damian says it was a huge mile­stone to com­plete the trail af­ter 17 weeks of win­ter trail build­ing, and it felt great to see peo­ple of all ages and moun­tain bik­ing abil­i­ties en­joy­ing it af­ter the of­fi­cial open­ing.

“It’s been fan­tas­tic to read the pos­i­tive feed­back on Face­book as well.”

He says it is a 2.8km be­gin­ner grade, mostly down­hill, moun­tain bike trail. It is wide with no steep down or up­hill sec­tions.

“It has in­cred­i­ble views over the lake and for­est, and we’ve put in some rest ar­eas where you can take in the best of the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.”

Damien says the trail is a key seg­ment in the new Round the For­est Loop trail be­ing con­structed as part of Ro­torua Lakes Coun­cil’s Big Moves — For­est up­grades.

“Th­ese trails will not only be ac­ces­si­ble to rid­ers of all ages and abil­i­ties, but will take in key nat­u­ral, his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural sites and sto­ries along the way, al­low­ing us to show­case what makes Ro­torua spe­cial for vis­i­tors and lo­cals alike.”

Deputy mayor Dave Don­ald­son says a great thing about this new sec­tion is that it opens up to Lake Ro­toka¯ ka¯ hi, as well as hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity for in­ter­pre­tive pan­els which ex­plain to lo­cals and vis­i­tors the rich his­tory of the area.

“There are re­ally in­ter­est­ing sto­ries and his­tory, and beau­ti­ful views.”

He says he and Ro­torua mayor Steve Chad­wick had a ride on the trail on his tan­dem bike.

“It’s a beau­ti­fully con­structed trail. It’s a fun ride — if you are keen on fresh air and ex­er­cise, well, what bet­ter way?”

Photo / Kris O’driscoll

Deputy mayor Dave Don­ald­son brought his tan­dem bike so he and Ro­torua mayor Steve Chad­wick could ride the trail.

Photo / Graeme Mur­ray

The Te Ko¯ tuku­tuku trail at Lake Ro­toka¯ ka¯ hi has views over the lake and for­est.

Photo / Thomas Colle

(From left) Coun­cil­lor Karen Hunt, Ro­torua mayor Steve Chad­wick and deputy mayor Dave Don­ald­son at the view­ing rest-area mid-way along the trail.

Photo / Kris O’driscoll

More than 50 peo­ple came along to the open­ing.

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