Trails attract users from further afield
These are very exciting times as some Waikato River trails are upgraded and new ones are in development.
Despite being mid winter the trails are being well used and enquiries continue to come through. We welcome these so please phone or come into the Waikato River Trails office at 6 Main St, Putaruru.
We are finding folk from further and further afield are using the trails. Tauranga, Rotorua and Hamilton people have come to enjoy the river trails.
Recent work includes installing barriers to prevent motorbikes and horses using the trails.
Other work includes development of scenic trails along Lake Arapuni heading south from Waotu.
A small group of night riders with full headlight systems have been spotted on the Karapiro Trail.
And the 500m Huihuitaha boardwalk at night is proving to be a real highlight.
The trails are being built to a cycling standard which, while great for riding also benefits the walking experience.
We are finding that trail users are having a terrific time on the trails.
Customer feedback reminds us that more signs needed along the trails.
These signs will include information at the start of trails as well as directions to ensure no one takes a wrong turn.
Over the last few months several groups have volunteered their time to help plant 3000 native trees.
Thanks to Hancock Forest Management staff, Putaruru High School, Forest View High School and Church of Latter Day Saints youth group for their contribution.
I would like to also acknowledge the hard work and leadership of Herman van Rooijen and his team of planting experts.
With a good warm start to the winter the trees are off to a good start.
With only a few kilometres of trails to complete, the Waikato River Trails Trust is very pleased to announce that the trails will be formally opened with a celebration on Saturday, October 29.
This is the trust’s opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge eight years of work and support from this great community and a number of key stakeholders.
To make this event a success we are calling for volunteers to help out on the day.
Please contact the Waikato River Trails office at wrtadmin@ orcon.net.nz or phone 07 883 3720 to confirm.
A great way to stay up to date with progress on the river trails is to visit our website www. waikatorivertrails.com.