Prepared and Presented by:

Colin Reeves, Tahuna Holiday Park
John Gilbertson, Tahunanui Business Association


Tahunanui is the primary centre of visitor accommodation for Nelson, and due to its stunning beach and associated amenities the area is a major destination for the region‚s visitors and residents.

Despite this profile, Tahunanui does not have safe, off-road through-routes for walkers and cyclists . Recreational and tourism cycle traffic through the Tahunanui area is redicted to increase significantly with the opening of the first stages of the nationally-rated Tasman Cycle Loop Trail. For these riders there is no clear or market-appropriate link to connect that trail to this area‚s beach, amenities and visitor accommodation, or to the coastal route into Nelson City.

The proposed trail/pathway develops a connection between Tahunanui and the existing cycle/walkway from Richmond to the Airport. It opens up the considerable potential of the estuary waterfront and it primarily uses existing land formation and track infrastructure at the perimeter of the Holiday park reserve, the Nelson Golf course and a section of the Airport walking track.

The proposed trail developments capitalise on work planned for other projects on this route, cutting trackbuilding costs and future-proofing the area‚s potential for projected visitor and residential use.

This development is consistent with the Nelson City Council Cycle Strategy and with any options that might be taken under the Arterial Transport Study. The project also strongly complements the focus of the Heart of Nelson Strategy, and the Council‚s five core goals as applied in the 2009-2019 LTCCP


Click here to read the full Proposal for the Tahunanui cycle/walk trail