Trails at­tract users from fur­ther afield

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

GLYN WOOLLER

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