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21st November 2013
The new 'Nga Haerenga' nationwide cycle trail is on track for completion in early 2014
The jointly funded Government and community network of cycle trails will 'showcase the very best' of the country's landscape, environment, culture and heritage. The new 23 Great Rides will link almost 2,500km of trails and will be suitable for a large range of experience and fitness, from extreme mountain bikers to beginners. New trails are opening all the time, with Rimutaka Cycle Trail in Wellington joining the scheme just a few weeks ago.
As well as opening up new sections of the country, the network of trails will link off-road tracks which are of 'Great Ride' standard, such as the Otago Central Rail Trail on the South Island.
The project began almost five years ago, as a way for both Kiwis and international tourists to enjoy the great outdoors in New Zealand. The country's government has invested $50million into the cycling network and a further $30million has been invested by local communities.
According to the project's official website, the name, 'Nga Haerenge', officially means: “''the journeys', both in a physical and spiritual sense, which is exactly what you will experience on the New Zealand Cycle Trail.”
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