Posted on | March 6, 2013 | No Comments
Recent work completed by TRC Tourism for Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) illustrates the value of rivers not only as a recreational resource for on water activities but also as a setting for walking, biking and other pursuits. GWRC is in the process of renewing its consents for maintenance of key rivers in the region that include the Hutt, Wainuiomata, Otaki and Waikanae Rivers. But of this process was to look at current recreational (and tourism) activity on these four rivers.
Activities such as whitewater kayaking were prominent in specific locations like the Upper Otaki River and in the Hutt River Gorge, both are regionally significant resources. The other primary on water activity was fishing which occurred throughout the four river systems. The development of trails along the rivers has also provided an important recreational amenity for visitors and residents. The Hutt River has demonstrated the value of its river trail over the last decade and improvements to it continue to increase use (eg. recent sealing of the Hutt City sections). Restoration work on the Otaki and Waikanae Rivers by Friends groups has also created new walking and biking opportunities and better access to the rivers.