Construction starts on Central North Island Rail Trail
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IntroductionConstruction work has begun at the Ongarue end of the Pureora to Ongarue rail trail being developed through Pureora Forest Park by DOC.
Date: 03 May 2010
Construction work has begun at the Ongarue end of the Pureora to Ongarue rail trail being developed through Pureora Forest Park by the Department of Conservation (DOC). The trail is part of Government’s National Cycleway known as Nga Haerenga which will eventually provide public and tourist cycling opportunities from North Cape to Bluff.
DOC’s Rail Trail project manager John Gaukrodger said the work had been given the go-ahead following a blessing ceremony last week involving Maniapoto iwi kaumatua Tiwha Bell, Philip Crown and Hari Kereopa.
"The initial construction work is being led by local contractor Mike Burgess of Te Rongoroa Trust and will start from the Ongarue Spiral and head north through DOC-administered land," John Gaukrodger said. "The 75-kilometre project has been divided into 12 separate stages and is due for completion by the end of 2011."