River ride on a roll


Construction of the Te Awa River Ride shared path between Cambridge and Hamilton is about to hit top gear, following its support by Government as a ‘shovel ready’ infrastructure project. 

The next construction project to be let will be the Airport Rd/SH21, Tamahere underpass, said Te Awa River Ride general manager Jennifer Palmer.

Construction of the underpass is expected to be started this summer and be complete in the second half of next year. It will be funded by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, which has recently completed a section of path from Tamahere Drive to Hooker Road.

Hamilton City Council, Waikato District Council and Waipa District Council will each build a section of the 20km path, which will connect the Avantidrome with Hamilton Gardens.

All three councils expect to see work underway on their sections of path within the next few months, with completion of the path expected in the second half of 2021. 

“It’s great to see work about to kick off on this project, which is going to make cycling a great way to get between Cambridge and Hamilton,” said Te Awa trustee Sarah Ulmer. 

“This will also open up the opportunity for a 60km bike ride along Te Awa from Ngaruawahia in the north to Karapiro in the south, most of which will be on dedicated paths – just a fantastic addition to the Waikato’s cycling network,” she said.   

Te Awa Ride route, showing the new construction projects

This part of Te Awa between Cambridge and Hamilton will link in with important community facilities in Tamahere such as the school and the shops, while taking in some previously inaccessible stretches of Waikato riverbank. 

Cultural trail app

Another initiative is an App which, when downloaded, enables riders to get interesting audio stories along the route on their phone as they activate beacons along their ride. There are currently ten beacons to discover. Download the Arataki Cultural Trail App here.

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