New drawcard for river trails
Encompassing some of the South Waikato’s most scenic locations means the Waikato River Trails are frequented by walkers, runners and cyclists year round.
Now that a new sculpture at its most popular spot near Lake Karapiro has been installed it’s hoped even more will be drawn.
General manager Glyn Wooller said the idea of the sculpture, which depicts an oversized wheel cog with Waikato River Trials engraved on it, is that it will act as a frame for people to take photos in, which they will then share on social media.
‘‘It is designed for people to interact with so they can go in front or behind it and get the scenic river in the background,’’ he said.
‘‘When they share the photos on social media they will tell people where it is which will then entice others to come and enjoy the trial as well.’’
‘‘When you get over 40,000 a year coming through it is a good opportunity. It makes the trail even more interesting and I’m hoping this will be the first of many sculptures,’’ he said.
Wooller, who came up with the design himself, said he was ‘‘delighted with it’’ but it would not have been possible without funding from the South Waikato District Council’s Creative Community Funding Scheme and Putaruru based agricultural training centre Taratahi.