Regional Trail Strategy Development

The commission works closely with local government, iwi partners and community stakeholders to support the development of long-term tracks and trails strategies.

This work supports goals to grow connectivity and wellbeing at local community levels in ways that successfully extends access, recreation, and targeted tourism opportunities at a regional scale.

Our work in Regional Trail Strategy Development includes:

NZWAC Regional Trail Strategy Development projects use the following staged process:

Phase 1: Scoping Study

  • Identifying key issues and opportunities
  • Bringing partners, champions and stakeholders into the project
  • Identifying relevant regional and national policies and frameworks
  • Inventory and audit of current regional trails and related facilities

Phase 2: Strategy Development

  • Involves working closely with all involved and uses a co-design development process
  • Investigating key values and the local context
  • Determining the overarching kaupapa, purpose and narrative
  • Setting the strategy including its alignment with other policies and frameworks

Phase 3: Trail Project Development Phase

  • Breaks down strategy into ‘bite sized’ projects
  • Determining the specific tracks and trails projects including phases, champions and priorities
  • Determining capacity building requirements

Phase 4: Strategy implementation

  • Supporting relevant agencies to implement the strategy
  • Providing materials to include in relevant long-term community planning processes
  • Setting a first stage 3 year implementation plan

As well as helping structure the trail strategy development process, NZWAC can also facilitate hosting 1 and 2 day workshops that engage interested groups in the key steps and methods used to develop a successful regional trail strategy.

Contact Stephen Day of NZWAC for further information

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