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Council help for national walkway

Environment Waikato is to provide a total of $25,000 to the Te Araroa Trust, which is developing a national foot trail from Cape Reinga to Bluff.

The Te Araroa Trust wants to complete two sections of the Waikato segment of the Long Pathway – a six kilometre loop through the Mangaokewa Scenic Reserve near Te Kuiti, and a track from Hamilton to the Taitua Arboretum and Whatawhata to connect cities and towns.

The first part is a limestone gorge with large kahikatea, matai and karaka. The Mangaokewa Reserve Trust has been doing pest control in the area, including goat proof fences, and has reintroduced native birds and giant weta.

The second part of the track will go along the Waipa River, linking to DoC’s Karamu Walkway and continuing to the summit of Mt Pirongia. Total cost of the project is $64,000, mostly for the bridge construction.

Strategic Development Manager Kevin Collins said the Council has been a supporter of the Te Araroa project because of the importance of increasing public access to significant natural features in the Region.

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