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A project is underway to connect the Hauraki Rail Trail from Pūkorokoro Miranda to Kaiaua. The cycle track will be approximately 10km long and offer cyclists coastal views, natural landscapes and will end in Kaiaua at a brand new carpark and freedom camping area, a project which is being worked on alongside the trail.

Work to begin in May

The 10km cycle track connecting Pukorokoro to Kaiaua has been marked and work will begin in May 2020.

The trail offers cyclists stunning views of the coastline and showcases the natural beauty and wildlife in the area.

Currently we are programmed to have the majority of the project complete by August 2020.

Construction of the three bridges that form part of this project has started, with installation expected to finish in July 2020.

Work well underway after lockdown delays

Work on the Pūkorokoro Miranda to Kaiaua leg of the Hauraki Rail Trail whizzed back into action during Level 3, with the successful relocation of some special lizards. The new trail passed through this native lizard’s habitat and it was important to find them a new place to live. It’s taken nearly a year to get all the resource consents in place to approve the lizard rehoming work and it was all ready to start when Level 4 lockdown happened.

The good news is, the lizards are now happy in their new home and work is going well on this 10-kilometre stretch linking Pūkorokoro Miranda to Kaiaua. Construction of three bridges has started, with work expected to finish in July, and you won’t need to wait until you get to your destination before you can spend a penny. A new toilet will be built next to the Miranda Bridge. All going well, cyclists will be enjoying this new leg of the trail by August.

Features and facilities part of the plan

Design is also underway for a car parking and freedom camping area in Kaiaua that will be the end point of the trail.

Plans for the end point include day and overnight parking areas with natural landscaping, as well as picnic areas, toilets and safety bollards. Work is planned for this area from October 2020.

A robust, adaptable design has been used to help withstand any possible effects from the sea, with work expected to start around October.

In addition to the toilets that will be installed at the end point, a toilet will be installed at the Robert Findlay Wildlife Reserve near the Miranda Bridge in June.

View the finalised plans and designs

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May 2020 - Work begins south of Kaiaua

June 2020 - A toilet near the Miranda Bridge will be installed.

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

August 2020 - Trail ready to ride.

Oct 2020 - Work expected to begin on trail head features at Kaiaua: 4 unit toilet, wastewater and landscaping


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