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Share the road during Kaiti Hill Challenge

14 Sep 2016

Share the road during Kaiti Hill Challenge

The annual Kaiti Hill Challenge is underway. The event runs until 30 October and challenges participants to walk, run or cycle to the summit of Titirangi (Kaiti Hill)  with an end goal of Mount Everest being achieved after 68 successful climbs. 

Over the next 7 weeks we encourage everyone using the road to take extra care. The event had over 860 registered participants last year, and with this in mind the teams from Council, Tairawhiti Roads, Sean Shivnan Pharmacy and Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti are working together to get the message out to share the road. 

The road is open in both directions from Te Poho O Rawiri Marae to the top. We're ask motorists to consider going over the top and exit out Endcliffe Road.  The road is narrow with many blind corners so we need both pedestrians and drivers to be aware of the increased activity and drive, cycle and walk with care.  

Group manager for planning and development Nedine Thatcher-Swann says "this is such a positive event for the community, so we want to make sure that everyone is safe and aware of each other." 

Together with Tairawhiti Roads and Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti here's some advice for participants and others using Titirangi during the event. 

Queens Drive and Titirangi Drive are open to all traffic:

  • pedestrians keep to the outer side of the hill and stay alert for traffic
  • walk single file, give vehicles plenty of room to pass
  • wear bright clothing - hi-vis or reflective are good
  • If you’re using headphones, make sure you can hear traffic and people behind you

If you're walking your dog they must be on a lead and pick up their droppings.

During peak traffic times between 6- 8am and 4.30 - 6.30pm, parking at the bottom of Queens Drive may be limited. You can park on Endcliffe Road and walk to the top from that side of the maunga.

If you're using the fitness tracks from the portside entrance, please keep to the tracks. Please stay away from any new plantings, they still need time to establish.

Motorists please consider driving one way only, exit on Endcliffe Road, rather than turing around and driving back down Queens Drive.

For more information on how to participate in the event and health and safety requirements, visit Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti(external link)