Free Membership as Kohatu Park Makes Progress

Kohatu Park Motorsport & Adventure Park has taken big steps forward in the last 12 months. December 2019 saw the completion of the Oliver’s Road junction upgrade, a resource consent-mandated requirement. The project was achieved with financial support from Tasman District Council, and considerable input from nearly 15 contractors from across the Top of the South – without them, the project could not have been completed!

This has been followed by the widening and upgrading of the access road into the Park itself. Work on this commenced in July, and is scheduled for the next couple of months. As the road goes through Nelson Forests land, this work is essential to maintain safe and secure access to Kohatu Park for all future public events.

The Nelson Off Road Racing Club has held club-only practice sessions for over a year, using land at Kohatu Park. In 2019, Nelson Car Club carved out an autocross track of over 1.4 km, on which club members are now competing each month. Talks are ongoing with Nelson Motorcycle Club, with the aim of achieving similar results for their members, and discussions with other local motorsport clubs are also taking place.

Nearly half of the 500 acre Kohatu Park site has been allocated to non-motorised activities, and plans to move forward on this Adventure Park have started. “We want to provide space and facilities to appeal to all sectors of the Nelson /Tasman population” said Kohatu Park chairman Garry Adcock. “Cyclo-Cross, Mountain bikes, Orienteering, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Remote Control Vehicles and Drones are among the possibilities that we are looking at.”

An Open Day may be held later this year, to show the potential at Kohatu
Park for these activities, subject to the Coronavirus situation improving.

The Kohatu Park Board recently decided to make associate membership totally free, so that as many people as possible can keep abreast of all the changes, and progress being made at Kohatu Park