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Our project to connect the Hauraki Rail Trail from Pūkorokoro Miranda to Kaiaua is largely complete, and has been unofficially operational for some time already.

The 10km cycle track connecting Pukorokoro to Kaiaua offers cyclists stunning views of the coastline and showcases the natural beauty and wildlife in the area.

A new toilet has been installed at the Robert Findlay Wildlife Reserve near the Miranda Bridge and three new timber bridges have been installed along the 10 km stretch.

New picnic tables have been installed on the Kaiaua foreshore reserve so visitors can enjoy the view while they picnic. These are already proving very popular.

All going to plan, a new public convenience facility will be up and running near Kaiaua’s pirate playground in time for summer.

Features and facilities part of the new Rail Trail terminus

We're creating a destination, not just a toilet-stop, at the Kaiaua end of the Rail Trail extension. Plans for the place include day and overnight parking areas with natural landscaping, as well as picnic areas and safety bollards. We were also proposing to build container style toilets and a shower facility at this location, but we’ve since had a rethink.

The Council asked the community for feedback on two proposed locations for the facility in April and received more than 80 responses. The council reviewed all the feedback on 12 May and resolved to select the spot near the pirate ship playground. The new location for the toilets makes more sense because they will be accessible to more people there, including users of the playground, visitors to the Pink Store, boat ramp users and travellers stopping to stretch their legs. There is also more space to plant screening plants to help the facility blend into the natural landscape. We will still provide day and overnight parking areas, natural landscaping and picnic areas in the original location.

It will only be a short walk for people staying or picnicking in the overnight parking area to use the toilets and shower in the pirate ship playground area.

The budget of $364,000 includes an $80,000 contribution from the government and $10,000 from the NZ Motor Caravan Association.

A robust, adaptable design has been used to help withstand any possible effects from the sea.

View the finalised plans and designs

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Timeline

 

May 2020 - Work began south of Kaiaua

June 2020 - A toilet near the Miranda Bridge was installed.

June 2020 - Work began on the rest of the trail.

August 2020 - Trail ready to ride.

March/April 2021 - Consultation on toilet block location

HRT Kaiaua