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.
Come along and join us at the official opening
August Official Opening
We are hosting the trail/bridge opening August 14th 2016 at 10am.
Who we are
Chairperson: Tim Manning 027 221 5538
Secretary: Angela Stolwerk 021 823966
Treasurer: Iain MacKay 021628867
Waipu Cycle and Walkway Trust
587 Mountfield Road
Painted Bikes - Community Fun Event Friday 13th January
Painted Bikes - Community Fun Event
The newly started Waipu Cycle and Walkway from the town to the Cove is being bolstered by a community fun afternoon at the Cove on Friday January 13th at 4.00 p.m. Already the half completed walkway is proving popular with trampers doing the Te Araroa Walk. So far it stretches a short way along Cove Road but will in future go the whole 11 km from Waipu township to the Cove reserve.
To boost funds The Festival at the Beach will be a great way for all the family to join in with the sandcastle competition, treasure hunt or the kid’s races. There will be music too for the more sedate with Zara and Bruce Clarke playing your favourites. A Volley Ball competition is on the programme as is soccer on the reserve. Hot dogs and chips along with drinks and a sausage sizzle will keep the wolf from the door and the kids satisfied. Keep an eye out for the wildly colourful bikes dotted over the landscape in the most unlikely places.