Volunteers sign up to help direct back-country cyclists

On the right track: Looking cheerful despite the rain were volunteers Paul Cornwall (left), Steferl Gordon, Bruce Hall and Ian Kirkpatrick, who teamed up to erect new signs on the Rere Falls cycle trail. Picture supplied

A former All Black and a scrum of volunteers braved the elements this week to help give back-country cyclists a push in the right direction.

The back-country section of Rere Falls Trail now has much-improved signage, stretching from near Eastwoodhill Arboretum up to the Te Wera Road-SH2 junction near Matawai, with large map signs installed at four locations (Eastwoodhill, Rere Falls, Rere Rockslide, Te Wera/SH2), plus directional and distance signs at multiple locations, plus hill climb and summit signs.

Altogether about 50 bright and distinctive signs, were installed.

“The signs were put up by Ian Kirkpatrick, Paul Cornwall, Bruce Hall, Steferl Gordon and Kathy Sheldrake helped by Amy Spence,” Motu Trails Charitable Trust executive officer Jim Robinson said.

“This has been a significant project for Motu Trails Charitable Trust. Improving signage around the trails is a focus for the trust.

“This was a project led by Motu Trails Charitable Trust. There was a little existing signage on Rere Falls Trail but this vastly improves it, inland from Ngatapa. About 50 signs in all (were put in), ranging from A4 size arrows to A1 maps.

“Signs include things like “3km to summit” on the Wharekopae hill and “27km of gravel road” on Te Wera Road. They should be helpful to touring drivers as well as cyclists. There’s no mobile coverage most of the way so the reassurance of being on the right route is important.”

Rere Falls Trail is a Heartland Ride under the New Zealand Cycle Trail network. The Pakihi Track, Dunes Trail, and Motu Road form the Motu Trails Great Ride, which goes from Opotiki to just outside Matawai.

“The look of the signs is aimed to be consistent across what we want to do across Motu Trails. Ultimately we want the signage on the Motu Road, Dunes Trail, Pakihi Track and Rere Falls Trail to all fit together, with different colour coding but the same core design.”

Mr Robinson praised TUMU Timbers for donating poles and cement, as well as Activate Tairawhiti for supporting the signs.

A former All Black and a scrum of volunteers braved the elements this week to help give back-country cyclists a push in the right direction.

The back-country section of Rere Falls Trail now has much-improved signage, stretching from near Eastwoodhill Arboretum up to the Te Wera Road-SH2 junction near Matawai, with large map signs installed at four locations (Eastwoodhill, Rere Falls, Rere Rockslide, Te Wera/SH2), plus directional and distance signs at multiple locations, plus hill climb and summit signs.

Altogether about 50 bright and distinctive signs, were installed.

“The signs were put up by Ian Kirkpatrick, Paul Cornwall, Bruce Hall, Steferl Gordon and Kathy Sheldrake helped by Amy Spence,” Motu Trails Charitable Trust executive officer Jim Robinson said.

“This has been a significant project for Motu Trails Charitable Trust. Improving signage around the trails is a focus for the trust.

“This was a project led by Motu Trails Charitable Trust. There was a little existing signage on Rere Falls Trail but this vastly improves it, inland from Ngatapa. About 50 signs in all (were put in), ranging from A4 size arrows to A1 maps.

“Signs include things like “3km to summit” on the Wharekopae hill and “27km of gravel road” on Te Wera Road. They should be helpful to touring drivers as well as cyclists. There’s no mobile coverage most of the way so the reassurance of being on the right route is important.”

Rere Falls Trail is a Heartland Ride under the New Zealand Cycle Trail network. The Pakihi Track, Dunes Trail, and Motu Road form the Motu Trails Great Ride, which goes from Opotiki to just outside Matawai.

“The look of the signs is aimed to be consistent across what we want to do across Motu Trails. Ultimately we want the signage on the Motu Road, Dunes Trail, Pakihi Track and Rere Falls Trail to all fit together, with different colour coding but the same core design.”

Mr Robinson praised TUMU Timbers for donating poles and cement, as well as Activate Tairawhiti for supporting the signs.

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