June 18, 2020
First stretch of Taranaki Crossing boardwalk completed
The first major milestone of the Taranaki Crossing Project has been reached with the completion of 850 metres of boardwalk through a previously difficult section of the Mangorei track.
Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage says it means locals and visitors alike can now safely experience beautiful bush in the Egmont National Park close to New Plymouth without getting bogged down in mud.
The focus will now switch to planning the construction of boardwalks across the wetlands near the Pouakai Ranges, with work to be done spring and summer when weather conditions are more suitable.
Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says when complete, the Taranaki Crossing is expected to increase visitor numbers by 35,000 to 40,000 by 2025, boosting Taranaki’s tourism economy and creating opportunities for iwi and others to invest in tourism-related businesses.
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