Trust recognised for Tasman's Great Taste Trail
The region's Great Taste Trail has been recognised for offering new opportunities for Kiwis to experience the great outdoors.
The Nelson Tasman Cycle Trails Trust was presented with a 2017 Walking Access Champion award for its work building trails around the region at a parliamentary ceremony hosted by Associate Minister for Primary Industries Louise Upston on Tuesday.
Trustee Elizabeth Bean received the award on behalf of the trust, which had worked for the past seven years to improve public access to the region's outdoors.
"For us the big payback is seeing people out on the trail cycling and walking."
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She said she felt proud that the trust was recognised for its work, which was a good thing for Nelson.
It was working on lengthening the Great Taste Trail, which is currently 116 kilometres long, into a full 175km loop track.
Bean said the development of the trails has contributed to regional economic development, with trails following routes that included local food and wine producers, artists, and horticultural production.
Increasing domestic and international tourism meant more money was injected into the Nelson Tasman economy. The Great Taste Trail was growing in popularity with around 200,000 riders in 2016.
The awards are an annual event organised by the New Zealand Walking Access Commission and chief executive Eric Pyle said the award winners' efforts were representative of a growing grassroots movement developing trails and facilitating public access across the country.