Kawatiri Coastal Trail

$4,285 donated
Given by 32 generous donors in over a year

The Kawatiri Coastal Trail needs your help to support its maintenance and ongoing operations.

West Coast

The Kawatiri Coastal Trail

The 55 km walking and cycling heritage Trail will connect the communities of Carters Beach, Cape Foulwind and Tauranga Bay along the coast from Westport to Charleston.

The Grade 2 family friendly cycle trail will be suitable for most ages, fitness and abilities. When complete, accommodation, eateries, bike hire, and shuttle options will enable visitors to have multi-day adventures.

The area’s unique geology, diverse ecology, extensive Māori and European history and vast seascapes will make it one of New Zealand’s finest day rides. The Trail, and the visitors it attracts, will provide sustainable development opportunities for locals and communities. Nine Sections are to be built to The New Zealand Cycle Trail Guidelines. Once complete it is hoped the Trail will receive Great Ride Status.

Why we need your help

The Kawatiri Coastal Trail needs donations to support its maintenance and ongoing operations. Even at this early stage it’s imperative sufficient resources are available, to protect and enhance the Trail and the experiences of all who use it.

Your donation to the Trust enables us to take this incredible community asset from good to great, giving enjoyment and health benefits to those who use it. Be part of something amazing, and donate to be part of the Trail.

Maintenance costs will be covered by Fundraising by the Trail Trust and in-kind support from community volunteers. Official partnerships and sponsorships will be sought from local businesses, along with other funding initiatives such as Event Fees and Council or Lotteries Grants.

Donations, volunteers and sponsorship is already forthcoming from local community.

How the Trail has been funded

In 2017 the Trail was included in the West Coast Economic Development Strategy, and between February and June 2018, a feasibility study and Business Case undertaken. The comprehensive Business Case contributed to the successful application to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) seeking $9.36 million from the Provincial Growth Fund for full funding for construction.

Whilst there has been significant investment for the Trail construction, these funds don’t extend to Trail maintenance once built. Trail use will be free for cyclists and walkers, and so we wanted to give Trail users a way to contribute financially, however small, to the ongoing success of the Kawatiri Coastal Trail.

The Pūwaha Section of the Kawatiri Coastal Trail from Westport to Carters Beach is the first section to be built, and officially opened to the public on 6 December 2020. The Kawatiri Coastal Trail is due for completion in June 2022

About us

In 2016, the group formalised as the Charleston-Westport Coastal Trail Trust and so the Kawatiri Coastal Trail was born. The project gained huge support from the community and stakeholders and in late 2016 was included in the National Governments Regional Growth Study. This resulted in access to $100,000 from M.B.I.E and Development West Coast to develop a business case and feasibility study.

When the Labour Government came to power in October 2017, there was a new regional development support funding pool known as the Provincial Growth Fund. The Trust prepared an application aligned with their completed business case and in November 2018, the project was granted full funding of $9.36 Million.

Use of funds

This money will be spent on trail maintenance and up keep. It will allow for trail to be repaired after heavy use or inclement weather, and will support maintenance of the website and social media assets for the promotion of the trail and the region.

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Latest donations

Val on 21 Apr 2022
The trail is awesome, keep up highlighting the beauty of the West Coast.
Charleston Westport Coastal Trail Trust

Thank you so much for your generous donation!

Charleston Westport Coastal Trail Trust
Pippa on 03 Apr 2022
Lovely seeing the trail progress. Wonderful mahi thanks to all those involved
Charleston Westport Coastal Trail Trust

Thank you for your generous donation! We are thrilled you are enjoying the trail. The Kawatiri Coastal Trail team

Charleston Westport Coastal Trail Trust
Charlie on 20 Mar 2022
Thanks for your efforts!
Charleston Westport Coastal Trail Trust

Hi Charlie, thanks for your very donation to the trail we really appreciate it!

Charleston Westport Coastal Trail Trust
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Guest Donor on 09 Mar 2022
Looking forward to riding this. Hopefully 2023. Four from Auckland.
Charleston Westport Coastal Trail Trust

Thanks so much for your donation we look forward to your visit in 2023!

Charleston Westport Coastal Trail Trust
Jamie on 24 Feb 2022
Hi Team, This is a personal donation (not BDC) as I enjoy your trails for walking. It is a great way to take time out, clear the head (and get a bit fitter) in what has been a stressful time. Keep up the great work. I know the recent weather events have caused damage, please accept my personal thanks for the asset you have created for the District.
Charleston Westport Coastal Trail Trust

Thanks so much Jamie, great to hear you've been enjoying it so much and appreciate the support.

Charleston Westport Coastal Trail Trust

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