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Week 1 begins Monday 16 July 2018

18/10/2017 11:00am

Hauraki Rail Trail Charitable Trust is delighted to invite you to the opening of the Pūkorokoro-Miranda to Thames section of the Hauraki Rail Trail on

Saturday, 18 November 2017

The opening will be a fun family event with lots of activities for all age groups with plenty of prizes to be won on the day.

HRT FamilyFun

Opening Programme:

4.45am Dawn Blessing. There will be two dawn blessings held simultaneously at:
* Robert Findlay Wildlife Area, E Coast Road, Miranda
* Kopu Bridge - access and parking will be at the layby on Hauraki/Auckland side of the bridge
8.30am Gala Festival - 79 Kopu Road
9.00am Opening Speeches
9.30am Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
9.30am Rail Trail open for riding. Festival continues
to 3.00pm
Free Shuttle Services will operate between Kopu and:
* Pipiroa - Buchanan Road;
* Waitakaruru - next to the Country Store; and
* Pūkorokoro-Miranda - Robert Findlay Wildlife Area
to 2.00pm
Best Dressed Bird Competition, Registration, Judging and Prize giving at Kopu
2.15pm  Festival at Kopu concludes

Win a JollyBikes brand new Red Trek Precaliper Youth Bike plus MoreFM tickets to the Whitianga Waterways Summer Concert Tour 2018

Everyone is Welcome

Register to be in to win prizes!

HRTwristbandPre-register, purchase a $5 Hauraki Rail Trail supporter wristband and wear it to be in win.  special prizes including a night's accommodation for two adults and two children at Miranda Holiday Park, plus bike hire and shuttle service. The winner of the prize package will be announced at the grand opening prize giving. Wear your wristband at the grand opening and you'll be in to win not just the accommodation package but also some great spot prizes. 

Hauraki Rail Trail General Manager Diane Drummond says all proceeds from the sale of the bands will go to the Trust, which manages and maintains the Rail Trail.

“It’s a great way for people to band together, wear their support on their sleeve, and help us grow the Rail Trail from good to great", she says. “And of course they register to be in the draw for a fantastic Rail Trail holiday package at the same time.”

The opening is going to be a fun, family event with lots of activities for all ages and plenty of prizes to be won including a Red Trek Precaliper Youth Bike, courtesy of JollyBikes, for the best dressed child bird, plus tickets to the Whitianga Waterways Summer Concert, courtesy of Coromandel's More FM, for the best-dressed adult bird. Best dressed birds should register at the information kiosk at 1.00pm for judging at 1.30pm.

Simultaneous dawn blessings will be held at 4:45am at Pūkorokoro-Miranda and Kopu before the gala festival kicks off in Kopu at 8:30am. The new section of theRail Trail will be open for riding or walking from 9:30am. A free shuttle service is available for those who only want to ride or walk part of the Rail Trail.

The new Pūkorokoro-Miranda to Thames section of the Rail Trail runs mostly along stopbanks along the southern shore of the Firth of Thames, an area world renowned for its amazing birdlife, with some species migrating annually from Alaska and Siberia.

"The birdlife and scenery along this section is absolutely stunning and our best-dressed bird competition is a tribute to that," says Ms Drummond.

Full details of the opening day's festivities are available on the Hauraki Rail Trail website where you'll also find more information on all sections of the cycleway.

Pre-register and purchase a supporter wristband any of the following locations:

TCDC office - 515 Mackay Street
Thames i-SITE - 200 Mary Street
JollyBikes - 535 Pollen Street

Hauraki District Council - Corner of William Street and Belmont Road
Paeroa Information Hub - 101 Normanby Road

Te Aroha
Matamata-Piako District Council - 35 Kenrick Street
Te Aroha i-SITE - 102 Whittaker Street

Waihi i-SITE - 126 Seddon Street
Waihi Bike Hire - 25 Seddon Street
Hauraki District Council - 40 Rosemont Road

Hauraki District Council - 84 Orchard West Road

Morrinsville i-SITE - 251 Thames Street

Matamata i-SITE - 45 Broadway