Have your say on the draft Biking Strategy for Hauraki-Coromandel

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Our Council invited feedback and discussion on a draft Biking Strategy that has been created to improve mountain biking experiences (and cycling) and drive tourism to the Coromandel. Our survey closed in late August 2023.

The draft Strategy has been developed by our regional destination management organisation, Destination Hauraki-Coromandel, to understand how mountain biking (and cycling) experiences in the Coromandel can be improved and developed.  

In a report recently commissioned by our Council about mountain biking in Coromandel forests, it was found that if mountain biking holiday-makers followed a similar pattern to the present day, their spend could increase by nearly ten per cent (to $9.2 million) in the next four years. You can find this report linked in the sidebar. 

The draft Strategy has a vision of creating a regionally significant, collaborative, sustainable cycling destination. It provides a set of ideas and actions to increase the amount of off-road cycling opportunities in our region. It aims to drive collaboration to achieve the following vision:  

"The Coromandel is explored more sustainably by connecting communities and showcasing our environment to become a nationally significant mountain bike destination by 2032. Collaboratively, our goal is to create a world-class trail network and experience that preserves and enhances the environment for our residents, visitors and all who experience them.”  

Click here to view the draft Strategy(PDF, 6MB).

To be effective as a Strategy, our Council would need to be among its active collaborators. To do this, we would look to incorporate it into our next Long-Term Plan 2024-2034. This would decide which cycling projects are prioritised around the district and to help source external funding.  
Before this step is taken, we have been gathering community feedback to understand how the draft Strategy fits within our communities’ aspirations. Key to this is making sure our communities are included in both the activities offered and flow-on benefits increased biking activities and tourism could provide.  
Our community survey ran for four weeks, and closed on Monday 28 August. We are also gathering feedback from our local community boards and key stakeholders as part of this process. 

If you have any questions about this project, please contact our friendly Customer Services team on customer.services@tcdc.govt.nz.

We will post updates on this project to: tcdc.govt.nz/draftbikestrategy