More Cycleway Funding


More government funding for cycleways has been confirmed.

The Government has confirmed $13.9 million for the construction of five further Cycleway trails throughout New Zealand.

  • Bay of Islands to Hokianga
  • Hauraki Plains
  • Pathway of Fire (Rotorua)
  • The Old Ghost Road (West Coast)
  • Roxburgh Gorge (Otago)

Green Party cycling spokesperson, Kevin Hague, says  the cycleway is a smart way to build up the resilience of local rural economies.

“At the launch of the Nga Ara Tuhono Cycleway in Ohakune, I was impressed by the fact that this project is being delivered by a combination of local council, iwi, community groups, businesses, and kids from local schools.

“The talk in the town is that there may now be enough people in town over summer to keep businesses open year-round, changing many jobs from seasonal ones held by out-of-towners to permanent stable ones for locals.”




  1. uli koch says:

    do you have any idea when and how the work on the BOI cycleway will commence?
    thanks uli

  2. Jon C says:

    Around two years to complete.
    The Opua to Horeke cycleway will be 72km long. Back In June the fund gave $100,000, with another $650,000 from the Ministry of Social Development, to employ a team of up to 40 Community Max workers to start clearing the corridor for the cycleway.

    All 18 trails will be completed by the summer of 2012/2013 and about 2000km will be ready to ride by the 2011 RWC.
    Construction has already begun on five of the trails - the Bay of Islands to Hokianga Cycle Trail, Waikato River Trail, Central North Island Rail Trail, Te Ara Ahi, Ruapehu - Whanganui Nga Ara Tuhono and St James cycle trail.

    Two major sections of the Ruapehu - Whanganui Nga Ara Tuhono trail were officially launched by Mr Key in July and are expected to be completed before the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The finished trail will traverse two iconic national parks and will take four to six days to cycle, with varying levels of difficulty.

    The St James trail in the South Island, which traverses the St James mountain range and the greater part of the upper Waiau Valley is set to open in November this year. The 50km cycle trail is accessible through Hanmer Springs, near Christchurch.

    Sections of the Waikato River Trail are also currently open for public use.


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