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$770,000 to maintain the quality of Great Rides

Hon Kelvin Davis

Minister of Tourism

24 October 2018



A further $770,000 is being invested in our regions for the upkeep of eleven Great Rides of Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today.

The investment comes from the ninth round of the Maintaining the Quality of Great Rides Fund, which aims to ensure New Zealand’s premier rides are maintained to their current world class standard.

“Every year, over one million people enjoy the 22 Great Rides across New Zealand. This funding will mean these important cycle trails continue to be refined, improved and maintained,” Kelvin Davis said.

“The Great Rides play an important part in the offering that our regions have for tourists from overseas and people from around New Zealand. They showcase some of the best parts of New Zealand, and provide people with a unique and exciting experience.

“A range of work is now able to get underway, including safety and signage improvements, upgrading trail surfaces and replacing bridges. These improvements will make sure people continue to experience top class cycling,” Kelvin Davis said.

Round ten of the Maintaining the Quality of Great Rides Fund is expected to open in early 2019.

For more information, visit the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website here

Notes to editors

The trails to receive funding are:
Motu Trails Charitable Trust: Motu Trail - $28,573
Queenstown Trails Trust: Queenstown Trails - $23,247
Hauraki Rail Trail Charitable Trust: Hauraki Rail Trail - $67,490
Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust: Old Ghost Road - $22,637
Bike Taupo Inc: Great Lake Trail - $26,575
WREDA: Remutaka Cycle Trail - $56,000
Alps to Ocean Joint Committee: A2O Cycle Trail - $28,045
Southland District Council: Around the Mountains Cycle Trail - $116,050
Otago Central Rail Trail Charitable Trust: Otago Central Rail Trail - $41,700
Nelson City Council: Dun Mountain Trail - $145,488
Westland District Council: West Coast Wilderness Trail - $213,563

The Maintaining the Quality of Great Rides Fund provides funding to make sure New Zealand’s predominately off-road trails are maintained to the world class standard expected of these premier tracks.


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