Vision Kerikeri awarded funding for Wairoa Stream Waterfall Track

Walkers in the Far North will be able to more easily access the new Wairoa Stream Waterfall Track following the announcement of a $1,463 grant to assist Vision Kerikeri with installation of signage.

The grant has been made available through the New Zealand Walking Access Commission's Enhanced Access Fund, which supports projects designed to enhance access to New Zealand's outdoors.

New Zealand Walking Access Commission Chief Executive Mark Neeson said the signage would help improve access a beautiful part of New Zealand.

The Wairoa Stream Waterfall Track, which is currently under construction, will stretch for 1.5 kilometres along the Wairoa Stream, providing access to a waterfall that Vision Kerikeri describes as a 'hidden and forgotten treasure'.

“We anticipate that the new track will become popular as it is within town limits, links with other walks, and is of high interest value due to a beautiful waterfall,” Mr Neeson said.

“Vision Kerikeri is an active voluntary community group. Along with the Kerikeri Rotary Club, they have shown an admirable commitment to establishing and developing the track, and have put a lot of good work into the project.”

An earlier stage of the project was awarded $1,982 from the Enhanced Access Fund to assist with legal and survey fees involved in establishing walkway easements across private land that has been generously made available for the track.

Other recent Northland recipients of Enhanced Access Fund grants include the Waipu Lions Club, which received $8,000 to help extend the Waipu Beach to Langs Cove Coastal Walkway, and The Bushland Trust, which received $14,898 to upgrade the popular Lake Ngatu Track, North of Kaitaia.

Further details about the fund and the application process are available in the Enhanced Access Fund section of the Commission's website.

Photo credit: Bob Bingham. Provided courtesy of Vision Kerikeri.