$10,000 helps se­cure safe Tas­man trail

Walking New Zealand - - Walk Talk -

The New Zealand Walk­ing Ac­cess Com­mis­sion has made a $10,000 grant to the Nel­son Cy­cle Trails Trust to­wards the cost of se­cur­ing ac­cess on the Bel­grove to Spoon­ers Tun­nel sec­tion of the Great Taste Trail. Josh Aldridge from the Nel­son Tas­man Cy­cle Trail Trust says the Com­mis­sion helped pay for le­gal and sur­vey­ing costs of reg­is­ter­ing ease­ments on pri­vate land, to make sure ac­cess is en­dur­ing. The Trust is also build­ing a trail from the western end of Spoon­ers Tun­nel to Ko­hatu which Josh Aldridge hopes will be open by Christmas. This is part of a long-term vi­sion of com­plet­ing the Great Taste Trail loop by con­nect­ing Ko­hatu to Motueka and Ri­waka. Spoon­ers Tun­nel is a high­light of the Great Taste cy­cle trail, be­ing the South­ern Hemi­sphere’s long­est tun­nel used only by cy­clists and walk­ers. The Grade 2 trail is seven kilo­me­tres long and fol­lows a gently in­clin­ing un­sealed forestry road. Josh Aldridge says the new trail is a mas­sive safety im­prove­ment for cy­clists and walk­ers and im­proves their ex­pe­ri­ence. “It’s made a real dif­fer­ence,” he says.

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