15/10/2018 - TRAIL UPDATE: Whakamaru Section

The current detour is still in place due to the following from the South Waikato District Council.

"The Whakamaru Reserve is closed to public access. Following the removal of the adjoining forestry block it has become necessary for Council to remove the aging pines within the Whakamaru Reserve, due to the danger of falling branches and entire trees from prevailing winds.

Council has installed signage on the reserve access roads accordingly. We expect that felling will start soon and we hope to have the project complete by mid-December. We anticipate that we will be able to open the reserve for the Christmas/New Year period however this is NOT confirmed.
We note that the reserve will be vastly different from previous years, due to the felling of the trees. We will be replanting the area in due course, but there will be a period of significant landscape change.
We remind our reserve users that there are several other reserves in the district that can be used over the summer period - Dunhams Point (just up the road from the Whakamaru Reserve), Little Waipa and Jones Landing.

Council and its contractor will be doing everything possible to have the reserve open for Christmas."

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People on Bikes - TVNZ 1 - Episode 10

Check out as Justin explores the Waikato River Trails!

Chairman of the Commission John Forbes, Waikato River Trails Trust Chair Kevan Stewart, Acting Chief Executive Te Tumuaki (and Operations Manager Te Kaiwhakaharea Rauemi) Ric Cullinane and Waikato River Trails General Manager Glyn Wooller

13th September - Trust awarded Outdoor Access Champion Award 2017-2018

On the 12th September the New Zealand Walking Access Commission proudly presented to the Waikato River Trails Trust the Outdoor Access Champion Award for 2017-2018.

This award recognises the Trust's efforts to establish and develop improved opportunities for people to access the great outdoors.

"The creation of your trails, combined with the strong community involvement in replanting of riparian areas has brought great benefit to your region, and the Commission applauds the efforts of the Trust and all who have worked with it."

Chairman of the Commission John Forbes commented "People in 100 years time can look back at the legacy you have left today - something we can enjoy now and tomorrow, and also into the future."

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Experience the unseen

The trails cover about 103km of previously inaccessible Southern Waikato land. They wind their way along a path that encompasses the magic and beauty of New Zealand native bush, exotic forest, historic landmarks, interesting rock formations and geological delights. Be inspired as you walk, run or cycle through grassed farmland, open reserves, boardwalks over significant wetlands, and expansive lake and river views.

The Waikato River Trails follow New Zealand's longest river through native bush, exotic forest, remote farmland, boardwalks, streams and suspension bridges.


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