Oakura to Pukeiti Shared Pathway
Consultation ended: 5pm on Wednesday 20 March 2019
A shared pathway along a paper road is being planned from the top of Surrey Hill Road, Ōākura to Pukeiti. This is a joint project between TRC and NPDC with the support of Nga Mahanga and Ngati Tairi hapu, and it’s a major project in the regional development strategy Tapuae Roa: Make Way for Taranaki.
Our aim is to deliver a shared walk/cycle pathway that will help locals and visitors connect with our outstanding environment. To help us achieve this, we want to know what residents would like to see as part of this project and what else we should consider before we confirm the path’s concept design.
About the pathway – Te Ara a Ruhihiwerapini (The Pathway of Ruhihiwerapini)
Ruhihiwerapini is a Nga Mahanga ancestor who lived by the beach of modern-day Ōākura, and would walk up to Pukeiti along a route in the area that the new pathway will go through.
It will run through regenerating bush along the Egmont National Park boundary on the flanks of the Kaitake Ranges. The path will be mostly 2m wide with no section narrower than 1.5m, and about 12.2km long. (NPDC is building 9.5km of the path with TRC building the remaining 2.7km within Pukeiti).
The path will have a low gradient that is suitable for both walking and cycling. It will be attractive to families as well as casual walkers and riders.
Facilities on the route will be confirmed after this community feedback has been considered. These might include rest points, lookouts, public toilets and a car park.