Boardwalks have been installed on the lower end of the Mangorei Track as part of a $13.3m development of the planned Taranaki Crossing route on Mt Taranaki.
Plans are under way for the next stage of improving track access to Mt Taranaki as part of the $13.3m Taranaki Crossing project.
A pre-tender workshop is being held for interested contractors wanting to be involved in building boardwalks across sensitive wetland in the Pouakai Ranges.
The workshop was advertised on the Government tender GETS website before tenders are officially called for the work, Department of Conservation strategic projects manager Carl Whittleston said.
The workshop would allow contractors to understand the nature of the project and ask questions, he said.
Whittleston said the workshop would also help capable local contractors with an interest in working on the maunga.
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The first stage of improvements was completed in June when 850m of boardwalk was replaced and widened on the Mangorei track section of the planned route.
Work on the next two sections of the 1.2m wide boardwalk, totalling about 1.4km in length, is scheduled to begin in the summer 2020-2021 once the successful tender is completed.
The 30km Taranaki Crossing route when finished will take walkers from Dawson Falls, across Ahukawakawa Swamp and Pouakai Range, to Mangorei Road.
Funding for the project expected to be completed by 2023 has been provided by the Provincial Growth Fund.
The pre-tender workshop will be held at DoC offices in New Plymouth, and virtually in other centres on Wednesday, July 22.
Those interested in attending should register through the www.gets.govt.nz website.