24 Oct 2018

NZ Cycle Trail to get $770k upgrade

2:37 pm on 24 October 2018

The government is to spend $770,000 to improve trails in the country's cycle network.

Old Ghost Road

The 85km Old Ghost Road on the West Coast is one of 11 tracks to benefit from the funding. Photo: RNZ / Chris Bramwell

The money will be used for the upkeep of 11 tracks in Nga Haerenga / the New Zealand Cycle Trail.

Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis said a range of work would get under way including safety and signage improvements, upgrading trail surfaces and replacing bridges.

More than one million people used the tracks each year, he said, and the trails showcased some of the best parts of New Zealand for tourists and residents.

"These improvements will make sure people continue to experience top class cycling," Mr Davis said.

The largest amount, around $213,000, will go to the 132km West Coast Wilderness Trail.

The cycle network is made up of 2500km of tracks throughout the country.

The investment comes from the ninth round of the Maintaining the Quality of Great Rides Fund, which aims to ensure New Zealand's premier rides are maintained to world standards. The next round is expected to open in early 2019.

Trails to receive funding are:

  • Motu Trails Charitable Trust: Motu Trail - $28,573
  • Queenstown Trails Trust: Queenstown Trails - $23,247
  • Hauraki Rail Trail Charitable Trust: Hauraki Rail Trail - $67,490
  • Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust: Old Ghost Road - $22,637
  • Bike Taupo Inc: Great Lake Trail - $26,575
  • WREDA: Remutaka Cycle Trail - $56,000
  • Alps to Ocean Joint Committee: A2O Cycle Trail - $28,045
  • Southland District Council: Around the Mountains Cycle Trail - $116,050
  • Otago Central Rail Trail Charitable Trust: Otago Central Rail Trail - $41,700
  • Nelson City Council: Dun Mountain Trail - $145,488
  • Westland District Council: West Coast Wilderness Trail - $213,563