Funding for next stage of stunning Pauanui to Tairua trail 10 December 2013 Stage two of a trail connecting Pauanui and Hikuai has received funding from the Tairua-Pauanui Community Board this week. At it's December meeting this week, the Tairua-Pauanui Community Board approved $56,000 to Hikuai District Trust toward the construction of a bridge over the Tangitarori stream that connects Hikuai with Pauanui. This stage is 5.7km from the Pauanui Waterways to Lakes Resort. Pauanui-Tairua Trail Committee member Gary Fowler says they've had tremendous feedback from the business community in support of the project which is hoped to eventually link the two townships and connect with Tairua's Pepe walkway. "We also want to thank Ngati Hei and Ngati Maru for their support," he says. "The original idea was concieved by Ian Hopper and a group of locals over a decade ago, and the first stage, a 1.6km boardwalk from the Waterways through the mangroves to Tangitarori Stream, was completed about ten years ago." Stage two includes a bridge over the Tangitarori Stream, then the trail will follow the harbour around Pa Point to exit at Duck Creek. That will make the trail 5.6Km in total by the end of stage two. The vision is for people to be able to enjoy the stunning scenery while walking or cycling between the two townships. The Tairua-Pauanui Community Board noted in its work plan that the trail will have direct benefit to residents and visitors to both communities and possibly a link to the Coromandel Great Walks project. You can read more about the project at the Pauanui-Tairua Trail Committee's website here. Map below: Stage two is marked in yellow.