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New Zealand Cycle Trail

posted 1 Jan 2010, 00:20 by Bill Russell   [ updated 1 Jan 2010, 01:53 ]
Submissions for Phase 2 of the New Zealand Cycle Trail closed on Dec 18th. There were 7 exciting trails in the local region put forward for funding. These ranged from multi-day, touring sections that combined to form 750 km of cycle trails, covering the Ruapehu, Wanganui, Rangitikei, Manawatu and Tararua regions; to mountain bike trails in the Tararua and Ruahine ranges.

The Ministry of Tourism received 53 submissions in total and will announce those proposals that will move to the next stage of evaluation in February 2010.

The trails that have been submitted  in the Manawatu (Horizons) region are as follows.
Wild Rover - 220km from Wanganui to Woodville, proposed by Destination Manawatu.
Tararua Elements - 271km from Woodville to Masterton, proposed by the Tararua District Council.
Gorges to Sea - 285km from Ohakune to Himitangi, proposed by Rangitikei District Council.
Kahuterawa Loop - Mountain bike trails behind Linton - rebuilding around 20km of trails after current logging is complete. This has been proposed by the Manawatu Mountain Bike Club.
Te Apiti - Mountain Bike Trails in DOC estate on Northern edge of Manawatu Gorge. Around 20 km of trails when complete. Proposed by the Manawatu Mountain Bike Club in partnership with DOC.
Shannon to Eketahuna - proposed by Horowhenua District Council. An adventerous 50km trail that crosses the Tararua Range, climbing to 900 m.  From Shannon there is a short ride to the Mangahao Power Station and then a steady climb to the top dam in the power scheme.  This part all exists.  The proposal is to build a new trail from the top dam over the Tararua Range to Putara and from there on public roads again to Eketahuna.
Manawatu River Trail - this  trail proposed by the Palmerston North City Council, will link the end of the existing bridle track with the Saddle Rd bridge at Ashhurst.  This links with the Te Apiti and Wild Rover Trails.