Trail Blazing in the Hurunui

The Hurunui District Council applauds the dedication and hard work of the Hurunui Trails Trust.

The group’s efforts are very close to fruition and, funding permitting, hope to be opening their first walking and cycle trail this summer.

Stage one of the “Waipara Valley Trail” is a 9.5km trail that loops through the picturesque vineyard landscape and will ultimately become part of a 30-40km trail, taking in some of the most breath-taking views in the district.

The trail crosses several sections of public and private land and the Trust has completed lengthy discussions with the affected landowners. The landowners have all signed on to the project and are very excited to be a part of what is expected to become a very popular walking and cycling trail.

The estimated cost to complete stage one is $35,000, and fundraising so far has raised nearly a third of this.  A major initiative has been the production of a limited vintage of Hurunui Trails Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir made fro m donated Waipara grapes (which were picked using voluntary labour) and crafted by Muddy Water Wines. Local retailer Waipara Wine Cellars is selling the wine on the Trust’s behalf. The Trust is also selling the "New Zealand Barbecue Cookbook" by Simon and Alison Holst.  (the wine and the cookbooks are available by contacting Belinda Gould belindajgould@ihug.co.nz

The Council’s Tourism Board have agreed to contribute towards marketing support, including assistance with web-site development and signage.

“We are very happy to be able to get behind this” Graeme Abbot, Chair of the Hurunui Tourism Board commented. “The Waipara Valley is a fantastic part of our district, and this is a great project to showcase the area’s unique beauty to visitors.”

If funds can be secured to complete the work, stage one of this first trail is planned to be ready by early in the new year.  Fundraising for the Hurunui Trails will also take place at the Armstrong Prestige Festival of Cycling coming to the Valley on 3 December - an ideal place to launch the story of the Hurunui Trails.

Images available: http://www.hurunuitrails.co.nz/gallery/trail_images

For further information
Scott Callaway
Hurunui Tourism
021 341 831
scott@hanmersprings.co.nz

 Penelope Naish
Hurunui Trails Trust
027 777 0631
penelope@blackestate.co.nz