Scenic trail developed with EAF support

Whareroa farm for web

03/06/2014 7:30am

A scenic walking and horse riding trail has been developed on Kapiti Coast’s Whareroa Farm Reserve, north of Wellington, enhancing recreational opportunities in the area and providing a link from Queen Elizabeth Park to tracks in the Akatarawa Forest.

The Whareroa Guardians Community Trust received $2,862 from the Commission’s Enhanced Access Fund to help develop the new 1.4km trail, dubbed the East Ridge Track. The trail provides a dedicated loop for horse riders and walkers, separating them from mountain bikers who have alternative tracks in the area.

Guardians Community Trust Secretary Ann Evans said the funding had paid for trail signage and marking. The Guardians Community Trust paid for tractor mowing and the Department of Conservation had lent a hand by upgrading their own signage in the area, she said.

“The new trail follows the ridgeline and provides great views over Paekakariki, the Kapiti Coast and across to the South Island. Most of it goes through old pasture and grassland; where there was gorse our volunteers have done a great job clearing it away.”

Ms Evans said the trail could be used by the public immediately. However, it was not yet fully marked and improvements would continue to be made in coming months with the goal of officially opening the trail and publicising it widely in spring.

The East Ridge Track is the most recent of more than 30 projects across New Zealand that have been completed with support from the Enhanced Access Fund.

This year, a total of $76,000 is available across four Enhanced Access Fund funding rounds, with priority given to projects that obtain new access or inform the public about existing access opportunities.

Projects that develop and improve walking access through the installation of gates, stiles and fences or creation of engineering reports, and projects that support community walking access initiatives are also eligible for funding.

Eleven applications for funding were received during the first funding round of 2014, which closed last week. Those applications will be assessed over the next two months and an announcement on grant recipients will be made in early September

Applications for funding from the second funding round of 2014 open this month.

Application forms, guidelines and further details about the 2014 application process are available in the Enhanced Access Fund section of this website.

Enhanced Access Fund application due dates:

Round 1: 31 May 2014

Round 2: 31 August 2014

Round 3: 30 November 2014

Round 4: 28 February 2015

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