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Kawatiri Coastal Trail | Te Huarahi Takutai o Kawatiri

The Kawatiri Coastal Trail relies on donations to support its maintenance and ongoing operations.

The Kawatiri Coastal Trail relies on donations to support its maintenance and ongoing operations. Even at this early stage, it’s imperative sufficient resources are available, to protect and enhance the trail and the experiences of all who use it.

Your donation to the Trust enables us to take this incredible community asset from good to great, giving enjoyment and health benefits to those who use it. Be part of something amazing, and donate to be part of the trail.

Maintenance costs will be covered by Fundraising by the Trail Trust and in-kind support from community Volunteers. Official Partnerships and Sponsorships will be sought from local businesses, along with other funding initiatives such as Event Fees and Council or Lotteries Grants.


Through our “Friends of the trail – Give a Little” page, 100% of your donation goes towards trail maintenance and ongoing operations.

Business Support

The trail offers a great opportunity for businesses to align themselves with a project that values the “Health of Nature, People and Place”


The trail relies on volunteers to help support essential maintenance and ongoing operations.

How the Trail’s been funded

In 2017 the trail was included in the West Coast Economic Development Strategy, and between February and June 2018, a feasibility study and Business Case were undertaken. The comprehensive Business Case contributed to the successful application to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) seeking $9.36 million from the Provincial Growth Fund for full funding for construction.

Whilst there has been significant investment for the trail construction, these funds don’t extend to trail maintenance once built. 

The Pūwaha Section of the Kawatiri Coastal Trail from Westport to Carters Beach is the first of eight Sections to be built, and officially opened to the public on 6 December 2020, with the trail opening in stages. As of February 2023 four consecutive Sections are open between Westport and Ōkari Lagoon, offering users 22km of trail (Pūwaha, Kawau, Omau and Tauranga Sections). The Waitakere Section is also open. The full 42 km of trail is due for completion early 2024.

This project has been supported by: