This 19km route, made up of both new and existing off-road shared paths and local road connections, will provide a link between the growing township of Omokoroa and Tauranga City's existing urban cycleway network.
This is a high-profile project for the region with significant community support, including contributions from the Tauranga Round Table and other potential external investors, as well as assistance from project partners Powerco and KiwiRail.
The project will provide an alternative way to access the urban communities in the area, schools, parks and reserves, Tauranga Harbour area and the higher density rural development areas planned for under the sub-region's SmartGrowth partnership.
The development of this northern city route will also provide an alternative transport choice to the busy State Highway 2 corridor that connects the area to Tauranga City.
The project will provide a much safer alternative to the existing state highway corridor, where heavy and high-volume traffic is suppressing demand for cycling. This scenic new route will encourage more walking and cycling between the urban communities in the area and is likely to increase the number of children cycling to school. It will also become a key part of a tourist trail from Waihi to Maketu. The route is expected to attract 130-200 commuter cyclists a day, with a higher estimate for recreational users.
Construction started in September 2016 and is expected to be completed mid 2019.
This cycle trail is being constructed in stages and includes a clip-on walkway/cycleway attached to the Wairoa River Road bridge.
Estimated cost is $13,500,000. Funding is between NZ Transport Agency, Western Bay Council and Tauranga City Council - with additional community and third-party contributions including a $1million grant from TECT.
Total length is about 19.3km.
Omokoroa to Plummers Point
Section 1 - Omokoroa boat ramp to Tinopai Reserve open between Cooney and Tinopai Reserves
Length 1,825m. Construction type - On-road and existing track.
The Omokoroa to Tauranga walkway/cycleway commences by the boat ramp, near the picturesque Omokoroa Beach, travels on-road along The Esplanade then continues along an existing track via Cooney Reserve to Tinopai Reserve.
130m of new boardwalk is planned for this
section. Construction is expected to
begin May 2018 and take between 1-2 months depending on weather. The track in this section will be closed during
construction so the alternative route to continue along the cycleway is via
Tinopai Reserve (Tinopai Drive).
Section 2 - Tinopai Reserve to Lynley Park
Runs from Tinopai Reserve to Lynley Park alongside the
harbour - providing stunning views and the opportunity to see local birdlife. Includes 430m timber boardwalk, bridges and metaled
sections. Remaining 130m section of timber boardwalk to be constructed by mid-2018.
Section 3 - Lynley Park to railway
1,390m - To be constructed. This predominantly metaled section runs along newly
created esplanade reserve bordering the Lynley Park subdivision.
The section is planned to go around the north-eastern boundary of the
historic Mangawhai Pa and finish at the new Tamihana Park. Construction timing is dependant on an archaeological
authority being approved from Heritage NZ.
250m - To be constructed as an improvement to the existing track. This metaled section
runs along the base of the rail embankment, ending at the KiwiRail Bridge
across the Mangawhai Creek. Programmed for completion mid-2018.
5 – Bridge across Mangawhai Inlet
40m - To be constructed. This section requires the construction of a new
separate bridge beside the KiwiRail Bridge. Programmed for completion
mid-2018, subject to approval by KiwiRail.
Section 6 – Mangawhai bridge to Huharua Park
760m – Preparatory works have been undertaken including vegetation removal for
access. Starting at the end of the new
bridge, this section runs along the harbour's edge and along the esplanade
reserve until it reaches Huharua Park. Construction
includes metaled and concrete track sections with a bridge crossing to connect
with the Huharua Park path. Programmed
for completion mid-2018 subject to Resource Consent processes.
Route location has now been determined in consultation with Pat's Lane
Section 7 - Huharua Park
570m - On an existing path. Owned jointly by Western Bay and Tauranga
City councils, Huharua Park was purchased as a passive harbourside reserve for
the enjoyment of public in the wider sub-region of Tauranga City and Western
Bay of Plenty.
within the Western Bay District, the park falls under the administration of our
Council as the lead authority.
Whenua Pirirakau Hapu has played a major role in the development of Huharua
Park from Council's initial purchase in 2004 to their on-going involvement including
the recently completed Marae DIY Project.
Plummers Point to Te Puna
8 - Plummers Point Road
1,890m - On-road. This section is entirely on-road and offers riders and
walkers views over the Te Puna West settlement and down the harbour towards
Section 9 - Jess Road to KiwiRail Bridge
1,110m - To be constructed as an improvement to the existing track. After leaving Plummers Point Road, the route
follows Jess Road briefly before entering the Department of Conservation
wetland area. The cycle trail follows the existing path through the wetland to
the recently completed cycleway bridge beside the KiwiRail bridge. It then continues through the wetland
alongside the railway, crosses over the end of Jess Road and finishes at the
KiwiRail Bridge over the Te Puna Estuary. Construction will include
metaled and concrete sections. Programmed for completion mid-2018, subject to
approval by KiwiRail.
Section 10 – KiwiRail Bridge across Te Puna Estuary
80m - To be constructed. This section requires the construction of a new
separate bridge beside the KiwiRail bridge. Programmed for completion mid-2018 after
the Mangawhai Inlet bridge, subject to approval by KiwiRail.
Section 11 - KiwiRail Bridge to Newnham Road
700m - To be constructed. This section
runs from the end of the proposed new 80m bridge, via a metaled surface to the
unformed end of Newnham Paper Road and meets up with the formed and sealed
portion of Newnham Road. Programmed for completion mid-2018.
Section 12 - Newnham Road
500m - On-road. This section is entirely on sealed road and the only
construction planned is a Snodgrass Road crossing point.
Section 13 - Snodgrass Road
140m - Road crossing points to be constructed, remainder on-road. This short
section comprises a concrete cycle trail and two defined crossing points across
Snodgrass Road and Waikaraka Drive. The remainder
of this section along Snodgrass Road will be on-road and link in to the
existing concrete path on Borell Road. Programmed for completion mid-2018.
Section 14 - Snodgrass Road to Te Puna Rugby Club entrance on Te Puna Road
2,540m - Existing path. This section is entirely on an existing path and
finishes at the entrance to Maramatanga Park and the Te Puna Rugby Club on Te
Section 15 - Te Puna Rugby Club entrance to Lochhead Road
205m - To be constructed. This small section links the pathway on Te Puna
Road with Lochhead Road. A new concrete
trail and defined crossing point is planned.
Te Puna to Wairoa River
16 - Lochhead Road
1,650m - On-road. This is another on-road section through a pleasant rural
Section 17 - Lochhead Road (Paper Road)
540m - To be constructed. This metaled section will be constructed over
the unformed (paper road) end of Lochhead Road in association with the adjacent
land owner. Programmed for completion mid-2018, including Sections 18 and
19. It will include culverts across
various open drains and a separate bridleway path for horses.
Section 18 - Paper Road to Esplanade
155m - To be constructed. This metaled section (including bridleway) links
the end of the paper road section with Council's esplanade reserve and is the
result of an agreement with the adjacent land owner.
Section 19 - Esplanade to Rail
575m - To be constructed. This section essentially runs parallel with the
Wairoa River, mostly on esplanade reserve. It will include culverts across
various open drains and a bridleway connection with the nearby pony club.
Section 20 - Rail to Te Puna Station Road
190m - To be constructed. This section runs from Council's esplanade
reserve to Te Puna Station Road Reserve. Design options currently being
explored include timber boardwalk/bridge under the KiwiRail bridge or a path
through the Pony Club land. Programmed
for completion late-2018.
Section 21 - Te Puna Station Road - North of Waipuna Hospice
980m - To be constructed. Concrete path to run parallel with Te Puna
Station Road and alongside the Wairoa River. Programmed for completion
Section 22 - Te Puna Station Road – South of Waipuna Hospice to SH2 Bridge
500m - To be constructed. Concrete path to again run parallel with Te Puna
Station Road and alongside the Wairoa River. Programmed for completion
Section 23 - Under SH2 bridge to new Wairoa Bridge
Section 24 - Clip-on(s) to Wairoa River Road Bridge
150m - To be constructed. This section
features the construction of clip-on(s) to the Wairoa River road bridge, and
provides a key link between the Western Bay District and Tauranga City. Number of clip-ons dependent on funding. Programmed for completion late-2018.
Section 25 - Wairoa River Road Bridge via SH2 to Carmichael Road
1,430m - To be constructed. The final
section of the cycleway/walkway is in the Tauranga City Council area. It runs
from the Wairoa River road bridge, up State Highway 2 to Carmichael Road via a separate
concrete cycle path. Should clip-ons be provided to both sides of the
Wairoa River road bridge, there will also be a concrete cycle path from the
bridge to Taniwha Place. Programmed for