Thursday, 09 July 2020


Surveying work almost finished for section of proposed Cathedral Coast Walk

Surveying work almost finished for section of proposed Cathedral Coast Walk

Land and quantity surveying for the first section of the proposed Cathedral Coast walk is almost complete.

According to Thames Coromandel District Council this will give them a true sense of how much Phase 1A, from what is known as the "Blowhole," just below the “Narnia” site, on through to Pa Road at Hahei,- will cost.

The land where the track is to be built is predominately owned by the Department of Conservation.

Cathedral Cove via Lees Road through to the Purangi Estuary is being proposed as Phase 1B and a Hot Water Beach back dune track is Phase 2.

"We know that Phase 1A will need to establish a walking track, safe viewing platforms along with landscaping," said TCDC project spokesperson Garry Towler. "So, aside from any Council money, we're preparing to lodge funding applications with external sources.”

TCDC has allocated $275,000 towards Phase 1A and 1B of the project in their 2014/2015 draft Annual Plan.

Earlier this year experienced track builder John Gaukrodger was brought onto the project team with the responsibility of developing the route, liaising with landowners, resolving boundary and access issues and the construction and building of the track. Mr Gaukrodger's position is funded by the Department of Conservation, who are partners in the project, along with local iwi, Ngati Hei.

Once external funding is confirmed and consents and design have been signed off, the actual build of Phase 1A should take only a couple of months to complete.

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