Taranaki Trails

Our Story

Welcome to Taranaki Trails – one of New Zealand’s emerging riding destinations. 

This website is provided by the Taranaki Trails Trust. We are a community-led charitable trust, created to connect Taranaki through trails and make our region a world class trails destination. 

The Taranaki Trails Trust was established in December 2019. 

We came together with a shared belief that our incredible region, Taranaki Maunga and the stories of our people have a huge potential to create a unique trails experience. Our trails and journeys also have the capacity to unite and connect our communities. They can enrich our physical, mental and social well-being, as well as creating business opportunities and prosperity.  

Our trustees have a diverse range of skills, experiences and relationships, and are united in their passion for what trails can deliver for our region.

Our Trustees are Darryl Gaudin (Chair), Charlotte Littlewood (Secretary), Rob Haveswood (Treasurer), Ian Armstrong, Paul Roberts, Stacey Hitchcock, Darrel Nicholas and Blair Cox. 

We also provide a mentoring position on our Trust each year. The current position is held by Marc Ocampo Ramos

Purpose of the Taranaki Trails Trust

Developing and supporting inspiring cycling and walking trails that create deep connections to the mana of the maunga, our region and our people.

Ara Hononga o Taranaki 

Our commitment to te reo Māori is reflected in the words Ara Hononga o Taranaki.

Ara is a pathway which gives us access to the beauty, stories and people of Taranaki.

Hononga is the connection that these pathways will provide. Our hope is that through these connections your awareness, appreciation and well being will be enhanced.

Values of the Taranaki Trails Trust

  • Respect and value the mana of the maunga and mana motuhake
  • Enrich the wellbeing of our community
  • Strengthen and revitalise our natural environment
  • Invites all people to share in walking and cycling experiences that shape and transform them
  • Are ecologically and financially sustainable
  • Work collaboratively and inclusively with transparency and excellence.

Strategic Plan

Our strategy aims to release the transformative power of trails and is shown below. 

Taranaki Trails Strategy