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Hauraki Rail Trail alternative route

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Should we provide a scenic route for the Hauraki Rail Trail in Waihi?
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We want to upgrade the Hauraki Rail Trail route from the Goldfields Railway into Waihi town. The idea is to more clearly mark the route and make it safer for cyclists to find their way to the boutique shopping, cafes and bakeries on offer in the CBD.

We also want to develop a second route into Waihi with a more scenic outlook along the Ōhinemuri River. This would link to upper Seddon Street where we’re planning some streetscape work, and in the future it could possibly also join up to the Waihi to Waihi Beach trail, if the Western Bay of Plenty District Council chooses to develop it.

The project would be funded by ratepayers in the Waihi Ward. We’ve budgeted to invest $1.47 million in this project in 2021/22.

Should we…

Option 1: develop a scenic route alongside the Ōhinemuri River

We’d need to do some work on the proposed route, discuss and work with others, including iwi, to draft our plans. But at this stage we imagine cyclists would pedal down Victoria Street, follow the Ōhinemuri River, then pass under State Highway 2 at the Coronation Bridge.

InvestmentImpact on level of serviceImpact on ratesImpact on debt
$1.47 million in 2021/22
$14,000 additional
annual maintenance
A second route would be available to users, offering a more picturesque riding experience.Waihi Ward rate $42.15 increase (12.7%)$1.47 million

Option 2: do nothing

This would mean there is no scenic option for cyclists from the Goldfields Railway to Waihi town.
But cyclists will still be able to pedal to town along Wrigley Street and Parry Palm Avenue.

InvestmentImpact on level of serviceImpact on ratesImpact on debt
$0Cycleway users would need to use the existing option into the Waihi town centre.$0$0

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The opportunity to provide written feedback has now closed. If you missed the boat, you can contact us to speak at a Council hearing event on 18/19 May 2021. After that the Council will make some decisions as a result of your feedback.

Check back here for a summary of the decisions and changes the Council made as a result of your feedback.

Entries are now closed for our scavenger hunt and colouring competition. Winners will be contacted by Wednesday, 14 May 2021.

Important dates
  • 18/19 May 2021 – Hearing of submissions a chance to drop in and talk to our Mayor and councillors.
  • 18/19 May 2021 – We’ll review all of your feedback and make some decisions.
  • 23 June 2021 – Our Long Term Plan will be adopted
  • July 2021 – we will let you know of the decisions made.