Tauranga City Council is looking for a supplier to realign a damaged section of the Mauao base track.
"We're hoping to start constructing the new piece of track in October, depending on the consenting process. If all goes well, we'll have the track rerouted by Christmas," said parks and recreation manager Mark Smith.
"Once it's completed, there'll be a much more resilient piece of track that takes walkers along the beach past the statue of Tangaroa, and it'll be fully accessible."
Environmental planning and design consultancy Boffa Miskell, alongside engineering consultancy GHD, was selected to design the new section of track. The council is now accepting registrations of interest for the build phase of the project at www.tenderlink.com/tauranga.
The consenting process will be run in parallel, with the project team expecting to apply for a resource consent in early June. The consent will be notified.
In April 2017, rainfall during ex-Cyclone Debbie caused a large slip on the base track. A temporary set of stairs has been put in place to enable people continue to walk around the mountain. However, a permanent, accessible solution is needed. The decision was made in June of last year to reroute a 250-metre section of the track to avoid slip-prone slopes