Introduction

The Tarawera Trail car park is nearing completion with approximately 1000 trees being planted last week in the vicinity of the car park. Delays have meant the planting was happening much later than planned but the trees needed to get in as soon as possible, before the ground dried out too much.

Date:  06 November 2013

The Tarawera Trail car park is nearing completion with approximately 1,000 trees being planted last week in the vicinity of the car park. Delays have meant the planting was happening much later than planned but the trees needed to get in as soon as possible, before the ground dried out too much.

Department of Conservation (DOC) staff were out planting most of last week but by the weekend there were still about 300 hundred native trees to go in.

Lake Tarawera local David Walmsley, who helped DOC during the week, saw an opportunity for the community to also lend a hand. The call went out Friday night and the community responded with spades. On Sunday morning 17 locals were happy to give up a couple of hours to get the trees planted and make a personal contribution to the project.

Tarawera Trail planting crew gather on a bridge.
With the job complete, the team gather on the bridge at the start of the trail

"The response from the community was fantastic” said Mr Walmsley. “It is heartening to see the enthusiasm for this project which will be a real asset to the area for both recreation and economic development".

DOC ranger Paul Cashmore was also impressed with the response from locals. "Not only did they turn out with short notice on a Sunday morning, but they also did a really top job," he said. "The decent rainfall we’ve just had will settle the trees in nicely".

Work continues to complete facilities at the car park so the first stage of the Tarawera Trail through to Hot Water Beach can be opened before the end of the year.

Background information

The Tarawera Trail Trust

Planting underway at the Tarawera Trail.
Everyone mucking in along the start of the Tarawera Trail

The Tarawera trail concept is for a world-class multi-day track around Lake Tarawera.

The project is being driven by the Tarawera Trail Trust, a partnership between the land owners/managers that border Lake Tarawera and Te Wairoa Valley. These include several Maori land owning trusts and the Department of Conservation (DOC).

The current list of trustees on the Tarawera Trail Trust that represent the land owners/mangers are: Te Ohu Wi Kingi (Chairman), Peri Marks, Herbie Langendoen, Tawhiri Morehu, Bob Te Aonui and a representative from DOC.

The Vision

The vision for the Trust is: "A world class trail where opportunities will arise for the tangata whenua and the people of Aotearoa/New Zealand."

This Trust will ensure that the aspirations of the landowners and the people of New Zealand are realised in respect of this place. By working with the Tourism Industry, regional and local businesses, and our local authorities we can provide a visitor experience that adds value in economic, conservation and social terms to Rotorua.

Contact

David Walmsley
Phone: +64 7 3628428 or +64 7 362 8080 

Simon Alefosio-Tuck
Department of Conservation
Phone: +64 7 349 8215

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