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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.

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.

Quite a bit of time has passed since these plans were finalised so we’ve given them a final once over before we start work on the project. After completing this review, we think having a public toilet and shower facility in the area near the pirate ship playground makes more sense than putting them in the overnight parking area.

This is because they would 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 would still provide day and overnight parking areas, natural landscaping and picnic areas in the original location.

It would 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.

What do you think?

We want to know what you think about our proposal to change the location of the toilets and shower facility. Should we build the toilet and shower facility at the overnight parking area as originally planned, or does it make more sense to build it in the pirate ship playground area? Head to our We Need to Talk website to provide feedback on the following options:

Location 1 –overnight parking area north of Kaiaua township
Accessible to overnight campers
Not as accessible for general use due to their location north of the township
Less room for screening plants to help blend into the natural landscape
Part of the original plan we asked for feedback on

OR

Location 2 – pirate ship playground
Accessible to more people, including users of the playground, visitors to the Pink Store, and travellers stopping to stretch their legs.
More space to plant screening plants to help the facility blend into the natural landscape
It would only be a short walk for people staying or picnicking in the parking area to use the toilets and shower in the pirate ship playground area.

Feedback is open until Friday 30 April 2021

Council will consider all feedback at the Council meeting on Wednesday 12 May and the decision will be shared in late May.

An upgrade to the adjacent Pirate ship play ground is also on the to-do list a bit further down the track.

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.

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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

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