There are three areas riders with hand-cycles, buggies, wider bikes and carriers should be aware of before setting out. You may need to organise assistance or avoid these sections. Their locations are indicated below.
State Highway/Mahinapua Walkway - There is a locked gate at the start of the easement with access provided via a gateway which is 770mm wide. With assistance it should be possible to manoeuvre through or lift equipment over this pinch point. Alternatively you can pick the Trail up again at the Mananui Tramline carpark on the Woodstock Rimu Road 2km north of the Treetop Walk. A new extension to the trail is currently being planned and will have no restrictions to entry/exit.
Lake Kaniere Water Race – This section contains a curved bridge that is difficult to negotiate. If you need to bypass this please use the road section and enter/re-enter the trail at either Wards Road or the Milltown Road turnoff (pending the direction you are travelling. New bridge options are being considered.
Kawhaka Intake Gantry Bridge – This bridge is 905mm wide. There is no alternative route directly around it. You can however enter and exit the trail via the Old Christchurch Road in the north and Milltown Road north of Cowboy Paradise to avoid this if you don't think you will fit through it.
The trail is a wonderful asset and we want to make it as accessible as we can for all to enjoy as much of the experience as possible. If you require any further information on access on the trail or are aware of these types of issues anywhere else on the trail please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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