The Waipā district is already home to a number of key cycling and walking trails and we have exciting plans to build more throughout the district.
Our focus is to create a safe network of trails that enable our community and visitors to enjoy our stunning landscapes and discover our towns and significant sites.
For us, cycling is more than a recreational activity.
- Cycling is business: Our trails and cycling events brings in business and tourism opportunities.
- Cycling helps tell our story: By connecting our towns and significant sites we can share and promote our rich history.
- Cycling connects communities: It's affordable, keeps us healthy and is an activity that friends and families can do together.
- Cycling creates social fabric: It allows all kinds of people to participate and share a journey.
Waipā already has a number of key cycling and walking trails. In our last 10-Year Plan in 2015, the community indicated it strongly supported further investment in cycleways and walkways, including partnering with organisations like the Te Awa River Ride Trust.
In May 2016, Council adopted a strategic framework to guide ongoing investment which, in the 2016/17 financial year, will be focused on the western side of the district.
Progress so far
Council budgeted $1.2 million to be spent in 2016/17 and will support community fund-raising efforts to fast-track any projects. We've completed a new trail that connects Te Awamutu to Kihikihi and plans are well underway for a new trail connecting Te Awamutu, Lake Ngāroto and Pirongia.
Read more: Major project - Kihikihi trail
Key milestones to come
- Investigations into a potential Te Awamutu to Pirongia trail
- Construction of a Te Awamutu to Pirongia trail
- Investigations into connecting Te Awamutu to Lake Ngāroto
This is an ongoing project which will develop over time.
$1.2 million for the 2016/17 year with further funding to be reviewed annually.
Links to media releases
- November 2017 - Te Ara Kihikihi opening event
- May 2016 - All go for new cycleways
- April 2016 - Cycling strategy on track
- November 2015 - Cycleway nearly complete
- June 2015 - Cycleways funding boosted in Waipa
- March 2015 - Work on new cycleway to start
- February 2015 - New cycleway proposed
- November 2014 - Cycleway spending on cards
- November 2013 - Positive response to cycling survey
- October 2013 - Help council identify cycling priorities