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Council to study iwi concerns over Te Mata Peak track
21 May 2018  

Council to study iwi concerns over Te Mata Peak track

The Hastings District Council is working with stakeholders to review the options presented by Craggy Range Winery at a meeting held with stakeholders on Monday 7 May, as well as other ideas presented by the community.


Mountain biking to be allowed at Tongariro National Park
18 May 2018  

Mountain biking to be allowed at Tongariro National Park

The New Zealand Conservation Authority approved amendments to the Tongariro National Park Management Plan which will allow for mountain biking at its most recent meeting in Wellington on 23 April.


More closures as kauri dieback prevention gains pace
14 May 2018  

More closures as kauri dieback prevention gains pace

Another Auckland walking track has been closed – albeit temporarily – as efforts to prevent the spread of kauri dieback continue.


$820K for cycle trail improvements
4 May 2018  

$820K for cycle trail improvements

Eleven Great Rides of Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail, have been awarded $820,000 of fresh government investment.


Timber Trail Lodge quality recognised
3 May 2018  

Timber Trail Lodge quality recognised

The Timber Trail Lodge in King Country’s Pureora Forest Park has been awarded a Qualmark Silver Sustainable Tourism Business accreditation, with a 5 Star grading for its accommodation offering.


Waitākeres still accessible as forested areas close
2 May 2018  

Waitākeres still accessible as forested areas close

Twenty-nine tracks remain open or partially open for visitors to use in the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park after its forested areas were closed to stop the spread of kauri dieback disease.


Partly automated stations rolled out to combat kauri dieback
6 Apr 2018  

Partly automated stations rolled out to combat kauri dieback

Partly automated cleaning stations are being rolled out across regions at risk of kauri dieback disease.


Report: Track and trail private land access under threat by booming tourism
4 Apr 2018  

Report: Track and trail private land access under threat by booming tourism

Booming tourism and the impact of growing poor behaviour are making South Island private landholders reconsider allowing access to track and trail users, according to a new report.


Sections of Mountains to Sea trail damaged by storm
13 Mar 2018  

Sections of Mountains to Sea trail damaged by storm

Ruapehu civil defence is now in recovery mode following the storm event on Thursday last week that caused significant damage to roads and farm infrastructure in parts of the district.


$6m proposed for Taranaki rainforest garden
6 Mar 2018   / /

$6m proposed for Taranaki rainforest garden

Public consultation is starting on two exciting, new projects embracing Taranaki’s tourism and environmental opportunities.


Waitakere Ranges product at risk after council proposes park closure
21 Feb 2018   /

Waitakere Ranges product at risk after council proposes park closure

Auckland operators are resigned to losing Waitakere Ranges product after the council voted to close the forested areas of the park.


Great Taste Trail re-opens with detours
14 Feb 2018  

Great Taste Trail re-opens with detours

Despite the recent storm all the businesses associated with Tasman’s Great Taste Trail are open.


Work begins on He Ara Kotahi pathway and cycle trail
9 Feb 2018   /

Work begins on He Ara Kotahi pathway and cycle trail

A ceremony has been held to officially mark the start of construction of He Ara Kotahi, a new 7.6km shared path for cyclists and pedestrians through Palmerston North and over the Manawatu River.


Thirty tracks proposed for Great Walk status
2 Feb 2018   / /

Thirty tracks proposed for Great Walk status

PRESS RELEASE: Department of Conservation The Department of Conservation (DOC) has had a wide response to its call for initial submissions for potential new Great Walks, with 30 tracks from across MORE »


After 15 years and nearly $400K, Milford Sound’s Bowen Falls track reopens
1 Feb 2018  

After 15 years and nearly $400K, Milford Sound’s Bowen Falls track reopens

Milford Sound/Piopiotahi’s popular Lady Bowen Falls walk has reopened for the first time in more than 15 years.


$730K for cycle trail improvements
1 Feb 2018   / /

$730K for cycle trail improvements

More than $730,000 in funding for safety improvements to two Great Rides of Ngā Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail, has been announced by the government.


Operators asked to help with cycle trail survey
5 Dec 2017  

Operators asked to help with cycle trail survey

Tourism operators and others involved in providing services to people riding the Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail this summer are being urged to encourage them to complete a short survey on their experience.


Heavy spring snow partially closes Routeburn Track
9 Nov 2017  

Heavy spring snow partially closes Routeburn Track

DOC is advising the alpine section of track will be closed today with 25cm of snow at Routeburn Falls Hut and 40cm in the Harris Basin.


DOC launches new Short Walks and Day Hikes
30 Oct 2017   /

DOC launches new Short Walks and Day Hikes

New Zealand’s new Short Walks and Day Hikes network has been officially launched by the Department of Conservation.


Taumarunui to remain key stop on Te Araroa Trail
25 Oct 2017  

Taumarunui to remain key stop on Te Araroa Trail

Taumarunui will continue to benefit from New Zealanders and international visitors walking the 3,000km Te Araroa trail following agreement of a revised route.


Milford, Routeburn guided walks awarded Qualmark Gold
25 Oct 2017  

Milford, Routeburn guided walks awarded Qualmark Gold

Queenstown-based hiking specialists, Ultimate Hikes is kicking off the hiking season on a high, after being awarded Qualmark Gold for its guided walk operations.


Aussies snap up iconic NZ cycle trails operator
24 Oct 2017  

Aussies snap up iconic NZ cycle trails operator

A leading Australian adventure travel specialist has acquired iconic central Otago Rail Trail cycling tour operator, Trail Journeys.


Australian agents ride the trails to sell NZ cycling holidays
19 Oct 2017  

Australian agents ride the trails to sell NZ cycling holidays

Australian travel specialists will get first-hand experience of some of New Zealand’s favourite cycle trails to help them promote cycling holidays in New Zealand.


Nominations open for champions of public access to outdoors
10 Oct 2017  

Nominations open for champions of public access to outdoors

The Walking Access Commission is calling for nominations of people and groups who are champions of public access to the outdoors.


TRC: Cycle trail could generate $131m over 20 years
5 Oct 2017  

TRC: Cycle trail could generate $131m over 20 years

The Coastal Pacific Trail could generate more than $131m for the Marlborough and Kaikoura regions over the next 20 years, according to a new report.


Hauraki Rail Trail grows a new leg
26 Sep 2017  

Hauraki Rail Trail grows a new leg

The new leg of the Hauraki Rail Trail has opened up a world of opportunity for cyclists to discover more of The Coromandel.


Labour: $1m funding for West Coast trails
15 Sep 2017  

Labour: $1m funding for West Coast trails

The Labour Party wants to build on the West Coast’s strengths in tourism and engineering in its development plan for the region.


Tasman cycle trail development receives funding
15 Sep 2017  

Tasman cycle trail development receives funding

Mountain Bike Track development at Kaiteriteri, Richmond and St Arnaud are among the recipients of grants from Tasman District Council.


Old Ghost Road, Waikato River among cycle trails to receive $2m
14 Sep 2017   /

Old Ghost Road, Waikato River among cycle trails to receive $2m

Four Great Rides in Waikato, East Coast, Hawke’s Bay and West Coast have received a funding boost of more than $2 million


Australians encouraged to explore South Island cycle trails
22 Aug 2017  

Australians encouraged to explore South Island cycle trails

Three South Island cycle trails feature in the latest TNZ promotion to get more Australians thinking about and planning a cycling based Kiwi holiday.


More Kiwis walking Te Araroa trail
21 Jul 2017  

More Kiwis walking Te Araroa trail

The number of Kiwis walking the national Te Araroa trail is on the rise, with approximately one in five walkers hailing from cities, towns and rural communities across New Zealand.


$528,000 NZ Cycle Trail boost
5 Jul 2017  

$528,000 NZ Cycle Trail boost

The Government is investing $528,000 in 12 new projects for the upkeep of the Great Rides of New Zealand Cycle Trail, Associate Tourism Minister Nicky Wagner has announced.


Te Araroa trail contributing millions to regional NZ
29 Jun 2017  

Te Araroa trail contributing millions to regional NZ

Business is booming for cafés, dairies, campsites and other enterprises along the length of New Zealand’s national Te Araroa Trail.


Christchurch named NZ’s favourite place to ride
8 Jun 2017  

Christchurch named NZ’s favourite place to ride

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has announced that Christchurch has taken out the inaugural Top Town Award in the NZ Transport Agency’s annual Favourite Places to Ride competition.


Queenstown Trails Trust targets $30,000 fundraising
8 Jun 2017  

Queenstown Trails Trust targets $30,000 fundraising

PRESS RELEASE: Queenstown Trails Trust The Queenstown Trails Trust is spearheading a major fundraising appeal during June in a bid to boost membership and provide all important funding support for on-going MORE »


New CEO for Queenstown Trails Trust
15 May 2017  

New CEO for Queenstown Trails Trust

PRESS RELEASE: Queenstown Trails Trust The Queenstown Trails Trust has appointed respected Queenstown businessman and elite sportsman Mark (Willy) Williams as its new chief executive. Chairman Tony McQuilkin says Williams, who MORE »


New Great Walk through Paparoa approved
13 Mar 2017  

New Great Walk through Paparoa approved

A new Great Walk through the Paparoa National Park to be built as a memorial to the 29 men who died in the 2010 Pike Mine tragedy.


Applications open today for Great Rides funding
20 Feb 2017  

Applications open today for Great Rides funding

Associate Tourism Minister Nicky Wagner announced applications will open today for further funding to maintain and enhance Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail.


Popularity of Hawke’s Bay Trails continues to climb
16 Feb 2017  

Popularity of Hawke’s Bay Trails continues to climb

The popularity of Hawke’s Bay Trails is continuing to climb, with new figures showing a record number of people using the trails for cycling, walking or running.


Significant step towards new cycling and walking track
10 Feb 2017  

Significant step towards new cycling and walking track

The Dunedin Tunnels Trail Trust is a significant step closer to realising its vision for a new walking and cycling track through two disused Victorian tunnels connecting Dunedin to the Taieri Plains.


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