$4.6m for Ruapehu cycle trails

Published: Oct 27, 2020

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Two extensions to the spectacular Mountains to Sea cycle trail in the Ruapehu District will receive a $4.6 million boost from the Provincial Growth Fund.

Funding for this project will enable the development of two new cycle trail sections, creating a continuous path from Mount Ruapehu to Whanganui and the Tasman Sea that can be completed over multiple days.

A number of existing trails in the region will also be upgraded, improving access to the existing landscapes and world heritage areas and creating a more sustainable visitor experience.

The new developments will create up to 127 local jobs through construction, maintenance and ongoing operation.

Mayor of Ruapehu Don Cameron says the trail will attract significant opportunities to the region.

"It’s looking like it will draw 20,000 to 25,000 people in the first year, building up to 30,000 yearly," says Mayor Cameron.

"It’s not just the cycleway. The fact that it is going through a pretty special area with a huge amount of history is awesome."