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Published: 2005-06-30 00:00:00

Environment Waikato has granted $10,000 from its Environmental Initiative Fund towards a walking track between Te Kuiti and the Waitomo Caves.

Development King Country, an economic agency supported by the Otorohanga and Waitomo District Councils and local businesses, wants to create a 15-20 km walking track to attract tourists and local residents who want a more in-depth experience of the King Country environment.

The walkway would be used as part of the Waikato section of Te Araroa – the Long Pathway through New Zealand. The track has numerous historic spots important in the King Country history, good views, native bush, pa sites and caves. Twenty landowners have given permission for the walk to go through their land.

The total project is estimated to cost $108,000.

Regional Councillor Andra Neeley said the project would help to make some of the most beautiful parts of the King Country accessible to the public.