Cycle / Walk Ways

The wheels are in motion and planning is underway on the development of cycle / walk ways in and around Katikati.
 
The Katikati Trails Development Group formed early 2014 as a sub-committee from Katch Katikati.  Their first stage is to develop trails from the township of Katikati around the harbour margin as much as possible to form a loop track around the Beach Road peninsula. 
 
The next stage would be an extension of the Haiku Pathway out to Hunter Reserve which would give you a lovely riverside walk or ride.
 
Finally on their wish list are routes from Katikati to go via Waihi Beach and join the very popular Hauraki Rail Trail and in the long term a route heading south to Tauranga.  This project is a longer term project but it is the ultimate goal of the group.
 
The group signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Western Bay of Plenty District Council ensuring a collaborative approach from both Council and community on the works to be completed.
 
The group is currently working with Western Bay of Plenty District Council to work on a 12 month work program mainly looking at improvements on existing designated walkways in the first year.
 
Spokesperson from the group Ian Stevens says “These sorts of projects are unfortunately long term with consultation, planning, design, consents and funding applications all required before the relatively easy bit of building things!”
 
“The group is looking to take small steps initially but hopefully over time the steps will get bigger and progress will be faster.”  “The benefits to Katikati will be very significant; the trails will open up some exceptionally beautiful scenery”
 
The group is also working with the Bay of Plenty Community Trails Trusts which is a group being setup in Tauranga which is looking to build trails connecting communities in the Western of Bay of Plenty Region.
 
If you are interested in being involved with the local group in any way, e.g. keen user, have skills that could be useful, have ideas on routes,  please contact Jacqui Knight at Katch Katikati on 549 5250 or info@katchkatikati.org.nz.
 
Download the most recent map here
 
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