Welcome to Your Coromandel Local Tracks and Trails Guide 05 April 2019 Just in time for the ECHO Walking Festival, we've updated our Local Walks Guide, changing the name to Your Coromandel Tracks & Trails Guide to reflect the traditional Kiwi love of walking and tramping as well as the growing popularity of mountain biking. (Photo: Rings Loop Walk, Matarangi. Felicity Jean Photography.) The guide is being printed now and will soon be available to pick up for free at our Council offices, libraries and Visitor Information Centres around the Coromandel. Meanwhile, it's available now to download here. Unlike the back-country tracks in the mountainous terrain managed by the Department of Conservation (DOC), the walks outlined in this book are for the most part short jaunts in or near our town centres. The walks and cycle paths described in Your Coromandel Tracks & Trails Guide cover all fitness levels. For the tracks and trails in the guide that are managed and maintained by DOC, check their website for updates on changes or closures, especially due to kauri dieback, which has been detected in several locations on the Coromandel. There are plenty of treasures to discover among these walks, taking you from harbour and river margins, heritage town centres, playgrounds, busy working wharves and, of course, the sandy beaches the Coromandel is famous for. "What a great resource to help people get out and about and discover more of what we love about the Coromandel," says our Mayor Sandra Goudie. "This new guide fits right in with our strategy to promote walking and cycling infrastructure in our communities, not just to help get people be active, but also to encourage tourism and help promote local economic development." Some of the walks also feature in this year’s ECHO (Enjoy Connecting Hills and Oceans) Walking Festival, which runs from 6 – 28 April. The list of guided walks (and some cycle trips) in the Coromandel and Kaimai ranges is on the ECHO website www.echowalkfest.org.nz. You must pre-register for any of the walks or cycle trips you wish to take part in - some are already full and have a waiting list. Developing walking and biking paths on our Council’s own reserves, and helping community groups and business people develop tracks of their own, is a major strand of our economic development programme. We welcome feedback on the paths included in our new guide and we’d like to hear from you if you’ve got plans to develop a walking or cycling track in your area of the district. Send us a line at email@example.com. When you get out and about on the tracks and trails listed in our guide, please be considerate of other users. If you’re on a bike or mobility scooter and about to pass somebody, please use a bell or voice to warn them, slow down and be considerate. In recent years kauri dieback has become a pressing issue as there is no known cure for this disease that kills most, if not all, of the kauri it infects. It can be spread by just a pinhead of soil, and is most commonly transferred by people on their footwear and equipment. But everyone can play their part to stop the disease from spreading by cleaning footwear and equipment of all visible soil and plant material before and after visiting a kauri forest. Use the cleaning stations where provided and follow the hygiene steps, which include first scrubbing off all visible soil and then spraying with disinfectant. It’s very important to stay on the track at all times and off kauri roots, and keep your dog on a lead at all times. For more information on kauri dieback go to www.kauridieback.co.nz. Check the DOC website for the latest on track changes or closures on public conservation land. Here's a sample from the new guide: Click on the image above to open a downloadable PDF of the full Your Coromandel Tracks & Trails Guide.