Plans for a cycleway, north of Kaikōura at a popular surfing spot, are underway. 

Local councils say the Mangamaunu Bay development will bring huge benefits to the region, but frustrated locals say the cycleway will pass over sacred sites already under contention.

Those concerned believe the council is going through with their plans without proper consent and consultation with affected stakeholders.

$231 million had been earmarked for road repairs following the 2016 Kaikōura quakes and about $10 million of that looks to be going to pay for a cycleway also allegedly passed through restoration legislation.

But locals say sacred sites and kai gathering sites will be affected. 

An open letter was sent to the councils which claim a lack of consultation with affected Māori landowners and are yet to receive a reply. 

Te Karere contacted the Kaikōura Council who advise it is not their project and advised Te Karere to contact the Marlborough District Council. We have yet to receive a response from Marlborough District Council. 

It seems plans for the cycleway will go ahead despite concerns expressed for the well-being of the beach and wāhi tapu.