Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve Board
In 2008, the KRRB commissioned Jonathan Kennett to produce a Concept Plan for a mountain bike park on 182ha. of Crown land adjacent to the foreshore Reserve. This was duly adopted by the Board and a management agreement was entered into with the newly incorporated Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park Society (KMBP) to realise the vision.
The foresight of the KRRB in recognising the potential recreational and economic benefits of a mountain bike park at this time cannot be understated. It preceded the launch of the National Cycleways project and the wave of cycle tourism initiatives that are now sweeping the country.
Much as the Concept Plan highlighted the growth and popularity of MTB Parks in other regions, there was reason to question whether or not Kaiteriteri could attract the numbers to justify the considerable investment required.
The KRRB's early commitment to the project reflected the confidence they felt in the management team and the positive vision we shared for the future. It facilitated the rapid expansion of the Park and, by mid-2012, both parties could feel satisfied with progress as our track counter recorded 10,500 visitors for the first 6 months.
The KRRB continues to invest in the Park and, in 2012, committed to funding another three years of track construction. In addition, it is subsidising the extension of the Tasman Great Taste Trail cycleway through the MTB Park to Kaiteriteri and developing a 'sports hub' to cater for future mountain bike events.
Not only is that support helping to enhance and extend the recreational attractions of Kaiteriteri, it is creating a regional asset of which we can all be proud.