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New two day Taranaki tramping track opened

17 April 2003 Media Statement

New two day Taranaki tramping track opened

A new tramping track in Egmont National Park opened today by Conservation Minister Chris Carter is predicted to become a major asset in Taranaki's tourism infrastructure.

The PouakaiCircuit track stretches for 25km through some of the most spectacular areas of Egmont National Park, and fills a gap in Taranaki's visitor market for a two or three day quality walk.

"Parts of this track already existed and were used by about 500 people a year. The Department of Conservation expects the new track will get atleast 5000 visitors a year contributing significantly to the economic benefit of the region," Mr Carter said.

“The track has become a reality thanks to a conservation and community partnership brokered by Venture Taranaki. Financial support came from the TSB Community Trust and a workforce was recruited by Work and Income,” Mr Carter said.

“These efforts combined with those of department staff, local contractors and Helilink, which flew tonnes of building material into the park and used the project to give their pilots mountain flying experience, show how successfully communities and government can work together”

TSB Community Trust chairman Paul Butterworth said the project had been about Taranaki people making Taranaki an even more interesting place.

It had involved extensive upgrading of tracks, the installation of wooden rafts to stabilise the track surface and keep trampers out of the mud, new stair cases, new bridges, viewing points and signage, he said.

Upgrading the track had been physically strenuous and logistically complex. It had taken 11,000 hours to complete. Three teams of workers, many of whom lived in the field, were involved in prefabricating and then installing track sections.

Venture Taranaki chief executive Stuart Trundle said the project had tapped into regional resources and developed a "major asset" for Taranaki's tourism infrastructure.


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