A walking and cycling track for Waipu
A group of Waipu Primary School children laid the seed for this project by writing submissions to the Whangarei District Council asking for a safe route to ride their bikes. A plan was developed to build a safe and accessible cycle and walkway all the way from Waipu Village to Waipu Cove (almost 10km).
The Waipu Cycle and Walkway Trust was formed to see this project through with support from Whangarei District Council. A Council funded report by Frame Group Consultants (2012) estimated the total cost of the trail at just over $1m.
To get the project underway the Trust decided to build the first section from Waipu Village to Riverview Place (2.5km). This was achieved because of the generous gift of an easement over land owned by Don and Melanie Mitchell, and a boundary adjustment over the carpark at Northland Steel Products. In August 2016 we were proud to open this first section which includes a 34m pedestrian Bridge over the Waionehu Stream.
Successful completion of the first stage reflects enormous community fundraising efforts, funding applications, public consultation, negotiation with landowners, and planning and design work to achieve this build.
Stage 2 from Estuary View Heights to Waipu Cove is now in the final planning stages. We have funding on hand thanks to our wonderful fundraising team to largely progress construction of stage 2.
The route chosen runs along the seaward side of Cove Rd creating a safe and separate trail for walkers and bikers. Following completion of survey work property owners adjacent to the route will be involved in further discussion. It is hoped to start construction this summer.
To link the two ends of the trail there will need to be further discussion and consultation with landowners and Council with pros and cons of several different route options.