The Waipu Cycling and Walkway Group
The Waipu Cycling and Walkway Group was formed to establish a safe pedestrian and cycling track from Waipu to Waipu Cove.
Cove Road is a State Highway 1 diversion route used frequently when there are incidents or road works in the Brynderwyn area. There are no safe verges for walking or riding on. Additionally Cove Road has a one lane bridge on it making it impossible for pedestrians or cyclists to get across the stream without going onto the road, consequently it is extremely unsafe for non-vehicle passage at any time.
A pedestrian bridge to allow for safe crossing
With Whangarei District Council (WDC) consultation, the Trust resolved to concentrate on completing the first 2.5 kilometres of the track from Waipu to Riverview Place. This had a cost estimate of approximately $350K exc GST. This stage includes a 34m pedestrian bridge to allow for safe crossing alongside the current one lane road bridge. The walk/cycleway is included in the Whangarei District Council’s Walking and Cycling Strategy 2012.
A community backed project!
Community backed project
Whilst the Whangarei District Council supports the trail, they have not been in a position to fully fund it. The community has backed this project with donations including nearly 1.5k of private land adjacent to the road. There have been additional donations of materials, machinery and contracting by local businesses and contractors.
We are especially grateful for the support and collaboration from local land owners Northland Steel Products and D & M Mitchell whom have worked with the WDC creating easements and boundary adjustments to enable the trail and the siting of the new pedestrian bridge.
Substantial funding has been secured from Foundation North, Transpower, Lotteries, Alex McLean Trust and the Whangarei District Council. Local fundraisers have hosted many community events. On its completion, the trail becomes a WDC asset.
Who we are
Chairperson: Tim Manning 027 221 5538
Secretary: Angela Stolwerk 021 823966
Anyone who would like to get involved in this effort can contact Jan Francis on 0274 529 584 or 09 432 1442.
Waipu Cycle and Walkway Trust
587 Mountfield Road