Trail riders can win weekend away

22:01, Apr 09 2014
Great Taste Trail.
GLORIOUS: The Motueka leg of the Tasman Great Taste Trail.

Cyclists who support the Tasman's Great Taste Trail have a chance to win a weekend in Kaiteriteri for a family of four.

The Nelson Tasman Cycle Trails Trust is offering the weekend at Kimi Ora as part of a competition.

Buyers of a Nelson Tasman Cycle Trails Passport go into the draw to win the weekend which is valued at more than $1000.

Entries close on April 27 and the winner will be announced on More FM on April 29.

The package includes two nights accommodation, including two days of breakfast and one packed lunch and the use of bikes.

Sprig and Fern and Kaiteriteri's Shoreline Cafe vouchers and a cruise into the Abel Tasman National Park with Wilsons Abel Tasman is part of the prize.

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To enter buy a $10 passport from participating business. For more information visit heartofbiking.org.nz.

Nelson Tasman Cycle Trails Trust business development and marketing manager Catharine Wood says the trust is also asking supporters of the trail to make submissions to the Tasman District Council's annual plan.

She says trail counters show positive numbers using the trail with 16,000 cyclists using the Mapua ferry last year, more than 10,000 using the Waimea Inlet trail and 5000 cyclists recorded on the Riwaka to Kaiteriteri trail in three weeks between December and January.

Its trail survey also reports positive feedback from the public.

However in order for the Nelson Tasman region to fully capitalise on all the social and economic benefits the trail offers it needs to be completed. "We have fantastic support from businesses and the wider community and feel it's very important to keep the momentum of this significant project continuing," Wood says.

The TDC has taken $600,000 funding from its draft Annual Plan for Tasman's Great Taste Trail (Wakefield to Spooners Tunnel) and the trust is encouraging the public to send in a submission if they would like to see the funding put back into the Annual Plan. Submissions need to be received by next Tuesday.

At a Tasman District Council meeting last week it was revealed that there is disagreement on the cost of maintenance of the 175-kilometre Great Taste Cycle Trail. TDC staff estimate it could cost close to $200,000 a year to maintain. However, members of the Nelson Cycle Trail Trust told councillors the future maintenance would be closer to $500 a kilometre, or about $90,000 annually.

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