In 2017 the Big River-Waiuta track received some overdue love, courtesy of the Kennett Brothers’ fundraising efforts and enthusiasm from Reefton locals. The Ground Effect Slush Fund added $1000 to the pot for bridge and drainage materials, digger hire, and heli hours.
The Waiuta section was infamously tough during the inaugural Tour Aotearoa in 2016. The Kennetts have raised an eye-watering $50,000 from TA rider donations… who will reap the benefits when they hit that stretch of track bleary-eyed in their next length-of-NZ mission.
The project is a collaborative effort between Attitude Matters, DOC, the Kennett Brothers, Friends of Waiuta and the NZ Defence Force.