Trails grow and improve
A new section of the Waikato River Trail is to open next month.
The 11.2km section runs between Arapuni and the southern reaches of Lake Karapiro.
Waikato River Trails general manager Glynn Wooller said the newest section of track would be open by midFebruary.
The rest of the trails in the 100km walk and cycleway were expected to be opened by the middle of the year.
About 30km of the Waikato River Trail is open while approximately another 50km is completed but not open yet, mainly because connecting pieces of track are not finished.
Mr Wooller said a highlight of the new track was a 500m section of board walk that wound through a section of wetland.
The first sections of the river trails to be opened were built as walkways.
But the trails were included as part of the national cycleway project announced after the National Government came to power.
This led to significant government funding but also a need to rework sections of the trail.
In other developments, Waikato River Trails employed a mountain biker late last year to look at the trails from a cyclist’s perspective. The cyclist gave feedback to those building the track on the sections completed so far.
As a result the track from Arapuni Dam to Arapuni township will be closed for several days while improvements are made.
In late December a function was held for river trails staff and supporters on the paddleboat Orunui on Lake Maraetai.
Mr Wooller said the paddleboat, which started making trips from Mangakino late last year, was an example of the business opportunities that the river trails could support.
He said that as construction neared an end focus would be
THANK YOU: Staff and trustees of the Waikato River Trails, including Herman van Rooijen and Gordon Blake, were invited to an end of year function on the paddleboat Orunui.
WETLAND WALK: A 500m board walk is among the highlights of the newest section of the Waikato River Trail.