Great news for making the trails experience even better. Under the latest round of ‘MGR Fund’ (Maintaining the Quality of Great Rides Fund) Motu Trails Charitable Trust will get co-funding from The New Zealand Cycle Trail to support building of two new shelters.

One shelter will be on the Dunes Trail and the other towards the Motu end of the Motu Road.

MGR co-funding is made every six months to Great Rides around the country. Trails apply for MGR support to match their local funding.

The local funding put in by Motu Trails Charitable Trust will come out of the extraordinary generous donation made earlier this year by Garth Barfoot. It’s super pleasing that we’ll be able to double the value of Garth’s funding we’ll using this time around, for the long-term benefit of all trail users. 

In the last 18 months, recent MGR rounds have seen Motu Trails gain funding from The New Zealand Cycle Trail to construct a giant sign and 5m long picnic table at the end of the Pakihi Track (local input for that was almost all volunteer time); and, track enhancement work on the Dunes Trail.

Here is the MBIE media release on the latest MGR funding round.

Photo: Motu Trails shelter and pou on the summit of Papamoa Hill on the Motu Road. This is the shelter style of Motu Trails.