Construction updates and milestones
The overarching vision for the Kawatiri Coastal Trail has been to link and engage communities and catalyse economic, social and cultural opportunities in the Buller District. Support for the project has been strong, and this is evident from the ever growing number of contributors.
Work to date could not have been undertaken without the dedication and commitment of many volunteers, young and old. This combined with an estimated 100 jobs created in support of the Trail over the coming 10 years, affirms the meritorious nature of the project and the many benefits it offers local communities.
The Pūwaha Section of the Kawatiri Coastal Trail from Westport to Carters Beach is the first of nine sections to be built. Construction commenced in June 2020, with the official opening of this section held on 6 December 2020. There are eight more Sections to be built by June 2022.
The Trail has been built to The New Zealand Cycle Trail Guidelines for a Grade 2 track, and is aligned to the Ngā Haerenga Great Rides primary objectives of creating jobs, building a high quality tourism asset and maximising the range of complementary benefits that the cycle trail network provides to a wide range of New Zealanders.
The Kawatiri Coastal Trail is on track to become one of the West Coast’s most loved cycling and walking trails. Its construction opening up a whole new journey along the coastline where locals will enjoy learning about places that have previously been hard to find or inaccessible. Once complete it is hoped the Kawatiri Cycle Trail will receive Great Ride Status.
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