Te Awa cycleway on track


The Te Awa River Ride between Cambridge and Hamilton and its 20km shared path through Tamahere is expected to be completed by the middle of next year.

Te Awa will then be a continuous 65km path from Ngaruawahia to Karapiro and one of the most family-friendly bike trails in the country.

In a progress report, the Te Awa River Ride Trust said that at the Cambridge end of the path, behind the velodrome, only a small section of path is left to be finished. Three bridges are all complete, including one that needed a helicopter lift to finish the job.

The new, yet-to-open, velodrome section will join the completed path along Hooker Road, Pencarrow Road and Tamahere Drive, where the underpass on Airport Rd/State Highway 21 is still under construction.

Since precast tunnel units were dropped under the road earlier this year, the focus has been getting the eastern entry to the underpass ready. Precast concrete units have been used to form the ramp walls, while steps have also been installed. 

Excavation is underway on the western approach to the underpass, with the next set of concrete ramp walls due this month. 

The impressive boardwalk leading from Riverglade Drive

Further northward, the section alongside Newell Road is complete, as is the impressive boardwalk section leading down from Riverglade Drive. 

One of the highlights will be the 32m bridge over the Mangaonua Stream. Over 8 metres off the ground, the truss sections of the bridge had to be lifted in by helicopter due to the difficulty of accessing the site. 

The start of the bridge over the Mangaonua Stream

From the stream the path follows the riverbank along to Hammond Park, with plenty of boardwalk to minimise the impact to the native plant life. 

From Hammond Park the path heads on to the road, with safety improvements and footpath upgrades as the path connects through to the Hamilton Gardens.

One of the highlights of the Cambridge to Hamilton section of Te Awa is the revitalisation of sections of the riverbank. The Waikato River Authority has been a great supporter of the project and helped rejuvenate the riverbank by funding pest plant removal, plant supply and planting.

Between Riverglade Drive and Hammond Park, around 6000 new plants will be planted, most around the Mangaonua Gully. On the section from Hooker Road to the velodrome, around 18,000 plants have been planted with another 8,000 to go in next planting season.

The three council sections of Te Awa (Hamilton, Waikato and Waipa) are jointly funded by the Government’s shovel-ready infrastructure fund and Waka Kotahi.


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