Work on the proposed Mangawhai estuary to vineyards walking/cycling trail is well underway with a new layer of base metal on the first stage.
The Mangawhai Recreational Trust trustee Gordon Hosking says the plan was ‘brewed over a few brews,’ and is designed to get cyclists off the road as well as connecting Mangawhai village with the vineyards.
Mangawhai Activity Zone chairperson, Colin Gallagher, says MAZ and the Mangawhai Recreational Trust are working closely together with Viranda Holdings Ltd, the developers of the large-scale Mangawhai Central development, to ensure their projects complement one another and are not duplicated.
The concept plan shows the track would link Molesworth Drive to Cove Road and be wide enough for cyclists, walkers, runners and pushchairs to use.
Mr Hosking says the path is deliberately curved to control cyclists’ speed to keep pedestrians safe.
The trust volunteers have planted native shrubs along the trail and plan to do more work over the course of its development. A jetty is planned to connect the coast with the village along with outdoor art, sculptures and picnic tables to be added in the future.