Hawke's Bay cycle trails have been given a $597,000 government boost towards two projects.

The money is part of a $25 million project to enhance and extend the Great Rides of Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail.

Hawke's Bay co-ordinator Vicki Butterworth said one project was to prevent flooding under two bridges at the Ahuriri Lagoon and the other was the construction of an off-road path to Craggy Range's Havelock North winery.

"Occasionally at high tides the lagoon paths will flood," she said.


Headroom was a problem for a raised track "so we are working with NZTA to find solutions".

An off-road path to Craggy Range Winery from the start of Waimarama Rd was necessary to ensure the safety of cyclists, currently forced to ride on the road.

"The road is not desirable, despite Hastings District Council trying different treatments like reducing the speed limit and no passing.

"Hopefully we can work with their plans for a mountain bike track from Te Mata Rd.

"We are on the process of trying to purchase a slice of boundary land off a landowner so we can actually run an off-road trail there and make sure we have it at a suitable gradient for New Zealand Cycle Trail riders.

She said they had to work with the contours of the land "but it will still be a climb" and a bridge was needed over a gully, further inflating costs.

"Without a bit of a climb you wouldn't get with the view."

The idea is to take it off-road, potentially working with Craggy Range to extend their lovely paved brickwork down to the edge of their boundary where the gum trees are at the bottom and crossing the road there, because there are good viewing points for traffic and it is still in the 80 km/h zone.

She said it was a real challenge funding projects that were not in councils' long-term plans.

"I am looking for opportunities. If any local organisations or businesses want to get involved and donate or sponsor we would be open to it."