District Pathways Projects

District Pathways Projects

In 2012 the need for more recreational opportunities such as walkways and cycle-ways was raised by business and industry leaders during research for our district's Economic Development Strategy. They said this was an important factor in attracting and retaining skilled people in our District. As a part of the consultation process for the Council’s Open Space Strategy in 2013, focus group workshops were held in nine communities throughout the district. The desire for development of new walkways or cycle-ways, or the extension of existing walkways, was raised by participants at all of these workshops.


Over the next three years Council has a programme to improve existing pathways (walkways/cycleways), and develop new ones in the following locations:

Improvements to existing community walkways eg Opunake Walkway
Manaia – walkway around the township perimeter - COMPLETE 
Denby Road to Waihi Beach and Nowells Lake Loop - STAGE 1 COMPLETE
Patea Dam to Lake Rotokare mountain bike trail
Puawai Street (Hawera) off road mountain bike route
Normanby – Hawera commuter route

Note: Pathways 3 to 6 are new routes and completion would be subject to external funding, the negotiation of access and in some cases the support of user groups. It is also possible that some sections may be delayed or not proceed as a result of access issues.


Progress - Denby Road Pathway

Work has started on a new 3.2km pathway which will connect Hawera to Waihi Beach.

The pathway is the first in an exciting three year programme being implemented by the Council  designed to enhance recreational and lifestyle opportunities across the district.

STDC group manager of engineering services, Brent Manning, says the new pathway will run from the edge of Hawera, off South Road, along Denby Road to Waihi Beach reserve.

“With a fine chip seal the pathway will be ideal for walkers, cyclists, joggers and for people on mobility scooters,” says Mr Manning.

The project also involves replacing the single lane bridge on Denby road with a two lane culvert and some road widening and realignment work. The $488,000 pathway and associated works is expected to take approximately 16 weeks to finish.

Mr Manning says the new pathway is stage one of three stages which, when completed, will create interconnecting pathways from Denby Road across to Nowells Lakes.

The project is just one of five trails the Council is working on over the next three years, estimated to cost $1.24 million.

“The Council had seen a need for more safe and enjoyable places for people to walk or cycle that were not on roads and developed this programme to enhance the lifestyle and recreational opportunities across the district,” says Mr Manning.

“Thanks to existing reserves, roading subsidies from the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA), some outside grants and contributions only $200,000 of the $1.24 million needs to be funded from rates,” he says.

Denby Road Pathway Opening

A big turnout is expected for the official opening of the Denby Road to Waihi Beach Pathway which takes place this coming Sunday 30 October at 11am.

South Taranaki District Council engineering group manager, Brent Manning, invites anyone planning to attend, to gather at the entrance of Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Ngati Ruanui on Denby Road.

“We will start with a blessing by kaumatua Sandy Parata followed by the official opening by South Taranaki Mayor Ross Dunlop. Then the cyclists, runners and finally the walkers will be sent on their way down the 3.2km pathway to Waihi Beach Reserve,” says Mr Manning.

“Bottled water will be handed out along the route and a bbq and toilets will be provided at the Waihi Reserve so participants can wait until most people have come through before returning along the route to ease congestion on the pathway,” he says.

“We are also using the opening as bit of a fundraising event for the Samuel Gibson Trust, and there will be collection buckets for people to donate towards this worthy cause,” says Mr Manning.

The Samual Gibson Trust has been set up to help people with disabilities live full and meaningful lives. Samuel Gibson, was born in Hawera with brittle bone disease and sadly passed away earlier this year while training for a fundraising event to help a three year old boy in Christchurch with the same condition.

The Denby Road Pathway is the second pathway to be completed this year as part of an exciting three year programme being implemented by the South Taranaki District Council. The first pathway was the Manaia footpath extension which was opened on 23 September.

“The Council had seen a need for more safe and enjoyable places for people to walk or cycle that were not on roads and developed this programme to enhance the lifestyle and recreational opportunities across the district,” says Mr Manning.

The Denby Road project also involved replacing a single lane bridge on Denby Road with a two lane culvert and some road widening and realignment work which has enhanced the safety of the pathway for users and motorists.

“We have always known that Waihi Beach Reserve is a great destination; now we have made it safer and easier for walkers, runners and cyclists to get to,” he says.

The Denby Road Pathway cost $488,000 and is just one of five trails the Council is working on over the next three years, estimated to cost $1.24 million.

Thanks to existing reserves, roading subsidies from the NZ Transport Agency, some outside grants and contributions only $200,000 of the $1.24 million is being funded from rates.

Manaia Pathway Completes Loop Around Township

Work is finished on 1.2 km of new pathway which completes a loop around the township.

Hot on the heels of the Denby Road pathway in Hawera, the Manaia project is part of the Council’s (STDC) three year pathways programme, designed to enhance recreational and lifestyle opportunities across the district.

The new pathway will not only provide improved pedestrian access to Manaia Primary School and Kindergarten, but will complement existing sections of footpath to create a complete pathway loop around the township.

With a concrete surface the pathway around the township will be suitable for walkers, joggers and for people on mobility scooters.

Inframax Construction was contracted to build the new $146,000 pathway on Karaka, Kaipi and Patu-Kukupa Streets.

Stage 2 Denby Road Pathway Begins

Work has started (October 6 2017) on stage 2 of the popular Denby Road pathway.

South Taranaki District Council group manager of engineering services, Brent Manning, says the second stage will connect the Denby Road pathway to Fairfield Road, with the long term goal of linking up with Nowell’s Lakes.

“The new pathway will run off the Denby Road pathway, across unformed legal road farmland and connect with Fairfield Road,” says Mr Manning.

“With a fine chip seal the pathway will be good for walkers, cyclists, joggers and for people on mobility scooters,” he says.

The project also involves building around 700 metres of pathway along Fairfield road to link up with the existing footpath.

Burgess Crowley Civil Ltd have been contracted to build the 1.7km pathway which is expected to take up to 16 weeks to finish, depending on the weather.

The project is just one of five pathways the Council is building as part of a programme estimated to cost $1.24 million.

“The Council saw a need for more safe and enjoyable places for people to walk or cycle that were not on roads and developed this programme to enhance the lifestyle and recreational opportunities across the district,” says Mr Manning.

“Thanks to existing reserves, roading subsidies from the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA), some outside grants and contributions only $200,000 of the $1.24 million needs to be funded from rates,” he says.

Stage 2 Denby Road Pathway Update

Work is progressing well on stage 2 of the Denby Road pathway and should be completed by the end of January says South Taranaki District Council (STDC) group manager of engineering services, Brent Manning.Stage 2 connects the existing Denby Road pathway to Fairfield Road, with the long term goal of linking up with Nowell’s Lakes.

“The new pathway runs off the Denby Road pathway, across unformed legal road farmland and connects with Fairfield Road,” says Mr Manning. “With a fine chip seal the pathway will be good for walkers, cyclists, joggers and for people on mobility scooters.” The project also involves building around 700 metres of pathway along Fairfield road to link up with the existing footpath. Burgess Crowley Civil Ltd have been contracted to build the 1.7km pathway.