Hurunui Trails


Hurunui Heartland Cycle Ride News

New Zealand Transport Authority (NZTA) has approved the HHCR as an officially recognised NZTA cycle route! Hooray! 

Next step is getting the ride recognised by the NZ Cycle Trust as an official Heartland Ride.

25 November 2017



Welcome to the HHCR!

There are big plans for the Hurunui Heartland Cycle Ride.  In the planning stages, this is an on-road touring route from Leithfield and Amberley through the Hurunui heartland countryside, on quiet back roads (with a couple of short stretches on main roads) through to Kaikoura.

The Hurunui Trails Trust, supported by the Hurunui District Council, has successfully applied for financial assistance from the Department of Internal Affairs Lottery fund to employ a project coordinator, install signage and market the cycle route to local cyclists and visitors to the Hurunui.

The proposed route will pass through communities impacted by the November  2016 earthquakes including Culverden, Waiau, Mt Lyford and Kaikoura. Watch this space for more details.

Waipara Trail

The HTT Waipara team are delighted to receive $1,500 towards planting, spraying and tractor time, on the Waipara Valley Vineyard Trail. Thanks go to “The Trails Trust” for their generosity! A working bee has been held to plant the lovely Hurunui Natives and they are looking good.

We were also fortunate to receive a substantial grant from the Kate Valley Community Trust for remedial work on part of the Waipara Trail. Thanks due to KVCT – it is much appreciated.

Amberley Area Cycle Trail Link from Amberley to Leithfield now OPEN 

We are very pleased to announce that the Amberley Area Cycle Trail (AACT) Stage 1 is now Open! This means you you can now cycle, walk or run safely between Amberley and Leithfield.

The link starts near the Old Leithfield Hotel heading towards the northern end of the Kowai Trail and then involves a crossing of the Kowai riverbed, normally dry .... unless wet!. The route then passes through a scenic farm, popping you out at the south end of Stockdills Rd. Continue on this unsealed road, then past the New Recycling /Transfer Station, ending your journey at Goldpine on the corner of State Highway 1 and Grays Rd. 

This great project has been initiated and undertaken 100% by the community. We’d like to thank major sponsor Ground Effect for their contribution to the signage, all the local businesses who donated equipment use, materials and funds. We’d also like to thank John Richards for generously allowing us access through his farm to Stockdills Road, thanks John!




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