Craggy Range funds new public walking trail

Craggy Range is pleased to announce the development of a new public walking track on the eastern face of Te Mata Peak.

The new track, designed by one of New Zealand’s leading track designers and builders and developed at a cost of $300,000, will establish a new link between the various tracks and cycleways in Te Mata Peak Park and the eastern side of the “sleeping giant”.

Key highlights of the new walking track:
• 2.4km long, taking a zig zag approach up the eastern face of Te Mata Peak
• Track designed by Jeff Carter of Southstar Tracks – one of NZ’s leading track designers
• Landscape architecture by Suzanne Turley
• Will cater for a range of fitness levels
• Incorporates a series of bench seats at fantastic viewing spots along the path
• Land purchased by Craggy Range specifically to develop the walking track
• Track funded by Craggy Range at a cost of $300,000
• Due to open to the public from early 2018
Michael Wilding, CEO says that Craggy Range shares the same vision as the Hawkes Bay Regional Council and Te Mata Park Trust.

“The walking trail is something that we have wanted to do for some time. We have been inspired by the work of the regional council and the Te Mata Park Trust to create a broad network of paths and tracks.

“Craggy Range is thrilled to be able to provide a track for the community that connects the eastern and western sides of Te Mata Peak. It is a privilege to be able to complete a project like this, in such an amazing landscape.

“We’ve pulled together an outstanding team to make sure the track is world class and to minimise the impact on the environment. We hope that locals and visitors alike will enjoy exploring the trail all the way to the ridge. We look forward to seeing it in use,” says Mr Wilding.

Jeff Carter, owner of Southstar Tracks is renowned as one of New Zealand’s leading track designers and builders. He has designed and built numerous walking and mountain bike tracks throughout Te Mata Peak, as well as across New Zealand and overseas.

“While the track looks a little obvious at this stage in the construction process, we expect the environment to return back to its natural looking state within the coming months. If you look at the Lowe trail 1km up the road on the same Eastern face it looked the same during construction and is now no longer noticeable. This has been an exciting project to be involved in, as it integrates with the track extension projects I am also doing across Te Mata Peak and the HBRC cycle network,” says Jeff Carter.

Michael Wilding says the track will open early in the New Year.

“Good progress is being made on developing the track. We’re excited to share it with the community and will be holding an opening event early in the New Year.”