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Get pedalling to the Coromandel cycle track and trail forum

05 November 2018

The offshoot of more people discovering the fun of getting around on a bike is that more tracks and trails are being developed – which is what we’re starting to see here on the Coromandel.

That’s why our Council, with support from the NZ Recreation Association, has arranged a Coromandel cycling and mountain biking tracks and trails forum for Tuesday 20 November 8.30am – 3pm at the Thames War Memorial Civic Centre.

There’ll be a range of guest speakers sharing information including:

  • What you need to know for planning and operating tracks and trails, through to negotiating public access.
  • Working with NZRA on the professionalism of products and services.
  • How to promote and market biking-based tourism product to visitors nationally and internationally
  • The regional picture of cycle trail networks
  • What funding and support there is out there for track and trail development.

“This forum is the opportunity for people to network and hear what’s going on throughout the district,” says our Mayor Sandra Goudie. “It’s also the right time to start connecting different groups up so there’s more information and skill sharing happening, because we are starting to get more inquiries in this space.”

So if you are either thinking about or already developing a track or trail or working on some form of cycling-based tourism product or business venture,  this is the forum for you.

The main speaker on the day is Pete Masters, operations manager for Bike Taupo, who also project managed the Great Lakes Cycle project. This was officially opened in April 2014 and provides 71km of all-weather riding through native forest with views across Lake Taupo to the Tongariro National Park. 

The other speakers are:

  • NZ Recreation Association – Karl Nesbit, Parks and Open Spaces Manager, will talk about standards, benchmarking and community engagement.   
  • Veteran track builder John Gaukroger – A former DOC worker, John has decades worth of experience in track building including being a driver in the development of the Timber Trail. John will talk about best practices in negotiating public access for track based recreation use. DOC will also be attending to provide an update on kauri dieback on the Coromandel and its impact on trails and tracks.
  • Destination Coromandel – Hadley Dryden will talk about tourism product development and cycling tourism trends.
  • Waikato Regional Cycle Trails – Rachel Cook will provide an overview of a regional strategy.
  • Thames-Coromandel District Council – Economic Development and Communications Group Manager Laurna White on potential funding opportunities and Council facilitation and support.

Tea, coffee and lunch will be provided.The forum will be finished by 4pm with Jolly Bikes Thames offering an optional bike tour at the end. This will be followed by an optional social hour at the Boiler House, Cochrane Street, Thames. 

Spaces are limited so please RSVP by Friday 16 November to marlene.perry@tcdc.govt.nz or phone 027 703 0263.