Bridging the Tauherenikau

Bridging the Gap

Progress on the Greytown Trails Trust bridge proposal over the Tauherenikau river is going well with an initial design (shown in the artists impression above) completed and approved by Greater Wellington Regional Council river engineers.

The bridge will have span of 130m and steel towers over 17m high. It will be braced off the existing rail bridge some 7m downstream.

The Greytown Trails Trust is expecting a price of around $500k for the bridge and KiwiRail approval is in the pipeline.

Land owner agreements have been negotiated and are awaiting legal signoff.

The riverside tracks have been marked out and once Greater Wellington Regional Council river engineers have approved them construction will start mainly with volunteers. The tracks will be built to NZ CycleTrail grade one standard and will be attractive and picturesque, especially on the Woodside (north) side where the native bush is established.

The Trust hopes that the project will be shovel ready by April with all approvals gained and tracks complete.

Leave it to the Experts!

A qualified engineer and active mountain climber, Abseil Access co-founder Martin Wilson is a director who likes to get his hands dirty.  An early indication of Martin’s intent to ensure that safety is a core element of the company’s work ethic was Martin’s involvement in setting up the Industrial Rope Access Association of NZ 1997. Martin’s passion is designing and constructing suspension bridges.

5 Towns Trail Trust

A trail linking the five Wairarapa towns, Featherston, Martinborough, Greytown, Carterton and Masterton is on the drawing board of a new entity named the “Five Towns Trails Trust”.  The proposed Trail will be a significant new experience readily accessible from Wellington City and offering a great experience of the Wairarapa.  Bridge infrastructure is key to crossing various rivers and some other trail work and road alignment will be required. Promotion will occur through Destination Wairarapa and WREDA Destination and Marketing.

The proposed five towns trail recently received an accolade as one of five “Signature Trails” in a review of cycle projects in the Wellington region.

Mountain Biking

The Wairarapa Regional Mountain Bike Track Trust are  driving an initiative to provide off-road trails which will be accessible from points along the 5-Towns Trail.  This will further improve access and will be very attractive to all-terrain cyclists from around the region.  You can show your support for the wotk of the Trust by following their Facebook page.

Remutaka Rail Trail


As a focal point of Greytown, (albeit slightly to one side!), the Rail Trail is used extensively by sponsor organisations, local clubs and informal gatherings for a multitude of activities.  Where we have advance notice of these, we will help with publicity by including details on our “Events” page.