Trail development workshop coming up in Hamilton

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14/10/2016 11:44am

Councils, community groups and outdoor organisations are getting together to share knowledge and best practice on the development of trails in the central and upper North Island, and to start mapping these for a comprehensive overview.

The trail building workshop will take place on 29 November at Claudelands Arena in Hamilton.

The event is being organised by the New Zealand Walking Access Commission and the New Zealand Recreation Association for leaders of groups involved in developing trails between Taupo and north Auckland, and into the Bay of Plenty.

NZWAC chief executive Eric Pyle said participants would have an opportunity to hear from and network with other groups developing trails in the central-upper North Island.

“The idea is to build a strong community of leaders involved in trail development and management. The more information is shared, the better for walking access in the area.”

The workshop’s longer term objective is to gradually build a map of trails under development in the region, so that it becomes clear how the trails fit and potentially connect with each other, he said.

“Many councils and community groups from north Auckland to Taupo and across to Opotiki are actively developing, promoting and managing trails used by walkers, cyclists, and horse riders,” Mr Pyle said.

“It makes sense to get representatives from these groups together to share experiences, and to consider how the various initiatives connect.”

Overcoming obstacles that prevent or slow down trail development would be high on the agenda, Mr Pyle said.

“It’s important to identify any obstacles to further trail development, so that the Commission, and others, can help overcome these.”

The Trail Leaders Workshop: Taupo to north Auckland is open to people involved in trail management and leaders of community groups and other organisations that are actively involved in trail development.  If you would like to attend, or want to find out more, please email James Heffield at james.heffield@walkingaccess.govt.nz.

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