Hawkes Bay Trails- Waimarama Road to be im­proved

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The Hawkes BayRe­gional Coun­cil is work­ing with landown­ers, iwi and lo­cal in­ter­ests to re­in­state a pop­u­lar sec­tion of ‘Hawke’s Bay Trail’ on Waimarama Road near Have­lock North. This sec­tion of Hawke’s Bay Trails known to the project team as the ‘mad mile’ ran from the Te Mata-Man­gater­ert­ere Road – River Road in­ter­sec­tion over a fast, nar­row, hilly sec­tion of road as far as Craggy Range win­ery. The 1,300m length sec­tion has been an is­sue for the Coun­cil due to safety con­cerns voiced by the gov­ern­ment’s au­tho­ris­ing agency New Zealand Cy­cle Trail Inc.

“The mad mile sec­tion of trail doesn’t fit with the rest of Hawke’s Bay Trails, which of­fers a safer ex­pe­ri­ence for a range of cy­clists and walk­ers, lo­cals and vis­i­tors,” says As­set Man­age­ment Group Man­ager Graeme Hansen.

The mad mile sec­tion was re­moved from the Hawke’s Bay Trails net­work in 2017 as it was seen to be too dan­ger­ous,” adds Mr Hansen.

The Re­gional Coun­cil is work­ing to pro­vide a safe, off-road route giv­ing undis­turbed views of the Tuk­i­tuki valley. A re­place­ment trail sec­tion has been ne­go­ti­ated with af­fected landown­ers, dis­cussed with lo­cal iwi and in con­ver­sa­tion with Hast­ings Dis­trict Coun­cil.

“I’d like to thank ev­ery­one in­volved for sort­ing this out and in par­tic­u­lar for sort­ing the fund­ing. I think you’re do­ing a great job to re­in­state this piece of the trail,” says Cr Alan Dick.

“This is about main­tain­ing a high qual­ity prod­uct and de­liv­er­ing a con­sis­tent, mem­o­rable trail ex­pe­ri­ence for lo­cals and tourists,” says Cr Paul Bai­ley.

The mad mile re­place­ment sec­tion is an­tic­i­pated to be in place by late 2018.

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