Mountain bike park for Wairoa

Design and build stages next

Design and build stages next

CARVING OUT A NEW TRACK: Tamysn Morunga, Russell McCracken, Mayor Craig Little and Leigh Aitken (back row) along with Rod Kirwan, Roger McGovern and Graeme Johnston, at the Fraser Street site for the signing of the Wairoa mountain bike track memorandum of understanding.

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In just a few months, riders and their mountain bikes will be tearing between the fir trees and churning up the dirt at Wairoa’s Fraser Street bike track. Wairoa’s long-awaited mountain bike track came a step closer to reality on Tuesday afternoon, with Adventure Wairoa and Wairoa District Council signing a memorandum of understanding allowing Adventure Wairoa to use council land for the bike track.

Club spokeswoman Tamsyn Morunga said it was a milestone for Adventure Wairoa, enabling the project to move forward to the design and build stage. Work on the park has already begun with some basic track clearance. This will be followed with professional track building to ensure the park is on par with the best in the country.

Representatives of Adventure Wairoa have been working with the council over the past few months to establish a formal relationship and secure use of the Fraser Street plantation for the group’s venture. Initially, there will be approximately five kilometres of track for bikers with provision for an additional 5km. The track will cater for bikers of all ages and experience — from children and beginners right through to experienced riders.

Adventure Wairoa’s Graeme Johnston said the Fraser Street park was “ideal for mountain bikers” and would be a great addition to local outdoor pursuits.

New Zealand is a popular destination for international mountain bikers, with many coming to Hawke’s Bay to enjoy the tracks on offer. Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Wairoa representative Fenton Wilson said “the combination of fantastic weather, cycle-friendly terrain and stunning scenery made Hawke’s Bay an ideal cycling destination”. New Zealand has over 2500km of trails suited to everyone from rusty riders looking for a fun way to see the sights, to mad-keen mountain bikers up for a challenging adventure.

Mrs Morunga said the design-and-build stage could take up to six months but it was important to do the job properly. The final stage will see the park open for public use.

“We have high standards with regards to how the tracks need to be formed to ensure the best possible riding conditions, which people will be thankful for when they’re enjoying the finished result. It is important to put in the ground work to give Wairoa’s bike track a solid foundation. This relationship with council gives us a significant level of support that will help us to get the park over the line,” she said.

Mayor Craig Little said it was “heartening” to see a group of volunteers working to achieve something positive for the town.

“The council wholeheartedly supports Adventure Wairoa and is happy to be playing a supportive role in this specific project. This memorandum of understanding that we have signed represents a foundation for a strong, active relationship,” he said.

In just a few months, riders and their mountain bikes will be tearing between the fir trees and churning up the dirt at Wairoa’s Fraser Street bike track. Wairoa’s long-awaited mountain bike track came a step closer to reality on Tuesday afternoon, with Adventure Wairoa and Wairoa District Council signing a memorandum of understanding allowing Adventure Wairoa to use council land for the bike track.

Club spokeswoman Tamsyn Morunga said it was a milestone for Adventure Wairoa, enabling the project to move forward to the design and build stage. Work on the park has already begun with some basic track clearance. This will be followed with professional track building to ensure the park is on par with the best in the country.

Representatives of Adventure Wairoa have been working with the council over the past few months to establish a formal relationship and secure use of the Fraser Street plantation for the group’s venture. Initially, there will be approximately five kilometres of track for bikers with provision for an additional 5km. The track will cater for bikers of all ages and experience — from children and beginners right through to experienced riders.

Adventure Wairoa’s Graeme Johnston said the Fraser Street park was “ideal for mountain bikers” and would be a great addition to local outdoor pursuits.

New Zealand is a popular destination for international mountain bikers, with many coming to Hawke’s Bay to enjoy the tracks on offer. Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Wairoa representative Fenton Wilson said “the combination of fantastic weather, cycle-friendly terrain and stunning scenery made Hawke’s Bay an ideal cycling destination”. New Zealand has over 2500km of trails suited to everyone from rusty riders looking for a fun way to see the sights, to mad-keen mountain bikers up for a challenging adventure.

Mrs Morunga said the design-and-build stage could take up to six months but it was important to do the job properly. The final stage will see the park open for public use.

“We have high standards with regards to how the tracks need to be formed to ensure the best possible riding conditions, which people will be thankful for when they’re enjoying the finished result. It is important to put in the ground work to give Wairoa’s bike track a solid foundation. This relationship with council gives us a significant level of support that will help us to get the park over the line,” she said.

Mayor Craig Little said it was “heartening” to see a group of volunteers working to achieve something positive for the town.

“The council wholeheartedly supports Adventure Wairoa and is happy to be playing a supportive role in this specific project. This memorandum of understanding that we have signed represents a foundation for a strong, active relationship,” he said.

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