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North Waikato trail upgrade makes Te Araroa safer
Te Araroa executive director Mark Weatherall has worked with Waka Kotahi to keep walkers safe in northern Waikato.
Waka Kotahi has upgraded six kilometres of trail between Oram Road, south of Mercer, and Dragway Road, north of Hampton Downs, with a gravel path and sections of boardwalk.
Previously walkers were using a half-formed track, with many choosing to walk on the shoulder of State Highway 1 Waikato Expressway instead.
“We’re very appreciative of the support shown by Waka Kotahi through this trail upgrade,” says Weatherall.
“As the trail continues to grow we’re seeing more and more Kiwi out there and it’s important that they can use the trail safely.”
Weatherall and the Walking Access Commission have a strong strategic focus on making sections of Te Araroa safer for walkers, including getting walkers off the road and away from traffic.
Waka Kotahi paid for the upgrade with its walking and cycling fund.
Waka Kotahi director of regional relationships David Speirs says the upgrade improves the safety for both the walkers and the drivers using State Highway 1.
“Te Araroa is an iconic New Zealand journey and we’re pleased to be able to support this upgrade.”