Below is a list of the latest news from the Walking Access Commission Ara Hikoi Aotearoa. If you have a media or communications query contact Stephen Day, our Communications Manager | Kaiwhakahaere Whakapā on 04 815 8517 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Rangipo Intake and Waipakihi roads
Herenga ā Nuku has recently received enquiries about public access from the Desert Road to Kaimanawa State Forest Park. Historically access for recreation has used formed roadways like Waipakihi and Rangipo Intake.
Access to Waipara Vineyard Trail protected for the future
The Waipara Vineyard Trail — Mountford Estate walkway was gazetted last week. This provides enduring access over part of the popular Waipara Vineyard Trail.
Riparian planting and public access
Ric Balfour and Felicity Brough help farmers and catchment groups to develop public access routes when they are doing riparian planting.
Celia Wade-Brown the outdoor adventurer
Celia Wade-Brown is best known as the former mayor of Wellington. But she is also an adventurer, walking Te Araroa, cycling then Tour Aotearoa and kayaking around parts of NZ.
Commission calls to protect access on stewardship land
The Commission wants to help the Department of Conservation (DOC) protect public access when it reclassifies stewardship land.
More funding support for trail facilities and Matariki
If you know any trails that share a mīharo view of the sky and Matariki but are just missing facilities — now is the time to encourage applications.
A leap for rock climbing access
Edwin Sheppard, the newly appointed general manager of the Aotearoa Climbing Access Trust, is the first paid role to work specifically on rock climbing access issues in New Zealand.
Walking access easements will secure epic Coronet Loop
The loop is part of a network of Mahu Whenua covenant tracks in Wakatipu that the Commission has been helping create legal access on for over a decade.
Walking is modest
Walking is not just a slow way of getting from A to Z. It is about experiencing all the other letters in between.