Press Release – Hawkes Bay Regional Council
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has already constructed part of the Hawke’s Bay Trails, but is some months away from completing the entire project which now includes a Water Ride, Landscape Ride and Wineries Ride.11 October 2011
Hawke’s Bay Trails Unlock Opportunities
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has already constructed part of the Hawke’s Bay Trails, but is some months away from completing the entire project which now includes a Water Ride, Landscape Ride and Wineries Ride.
Hawke’s Bay has a total investment of $5.5 million in this walking and cycling network, under the name Hawke’s Bay Trails. This major investment has the full support of Hawke’s Bay Tourism, which is working with Hawke’s Bay Regional Council on promoting Hawke’s Bay Trails locally, nationally and internationally.
Annie Dundas, general manager of Hawke’s Bay Tourism, recognises Hawke’s Bay Trails for what it can unlock. “Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s major investment, in partnership with other councils, Rotary, groups and individuals has been validated by strong support from outside Hawke’s Bay. In addition to glowing visitor comments, the local tourism sector supports the trails as a vital link to the region’s activities and attractions, including food, wine, architecture, our coastline, landscape and rivers.”
This enthusiasm is mirrored by HBRC Chairman Fenton Wilson. “We can see how the trails lead to other opportunities, with potential to the north and south of the region. On the one hand there are public open spaces at Waitangi, Pakowhai and Pekapeka Wetland, and possible pathway linkages in Central HB. On the other hand there are potential pathways leading to Tutira, north of Napier. And we can’t discount the idea of trail network connections into and out of Hawke’s Bay.”
Fenton Wilson also acknowledges the stories relating Hawke’s Bay’s unique culture and heritage.
“Trail users will discover the sleeping giant at Te Mata Peak, the fortifications at Otatara Pa and see evidence of the 1931 earthquake on the Water Ride. Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is working initially with Mana Ahuriri to document iwi stories specific to the Ahuriri estuary.”
The just-launched New Zealand Cycle Trail Official Trail Partner programme will include local trail partners like Takaro Trails with other bike hire, transport, accommodation and food partners likely to jump on board as the profile for Nga Haerenga, The New Zealand Cycle Trail grows nationally and internationally.
Significant parts of the trail network are already in place, including the Westshore concrete pathway recently completed by Napier City Council. Hawke’s Bay Regional Council asks trail users to observe signage, keep to the track, and share the track with other users, particularly where parts of the trail are incomplete.
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council will advise a formal launch date for Hawke’s Bay Trails in 2012.
Hawke’s Bay Trails are delivered by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, with the support of Napier City and Hastings District Councils, Rotary clubs, Community Trusts, corporate and private individuals and Hawke’s Bay Tourism. The first off-road pathway was opened in 2002 by Napier City Mayor Barbara Arnott with the support of local Rotary clubs. A decade on, the 180+ kilometres of tracks are a “Great Ride” on the New Zealand Cycle Trail confirming Hawke’s Bay as Heretaunga Ararau – the land of a hundred pathways.