Taranaki: Mounga ki Moana – ‘Taranaki Crossing’

Feasibility study

In April 2018, the Minister of Conservation and the Minister of Regional Economic Development announced an ambitious plan to enable more people to enjoy the beauty of Mt Taranaki with a concept to create a 41-kilometre “Mounga to Moana” walking experience.

HenleyHutchings was charged with the task of developing the feasibility study and investment proposition for the proposed concept – to assess the options for upgrade of components of the experience and recommendations for the optimal investment proposition to achieve it.

Working closely with the steering group, we guided the development of workstreams and milestones through project management of a multi-disciplinary team, including additional specialists and consultants in tourism (Dave Bamford), ecology (Maggie Bayfield), track development (Trevor Butler) and iwi engagement (Tuia Group). Working closely with iwi was a key consideration to ensure the final proposal protected cultural values, resolved environmental challenges, provided iwi with employment and helped build the capacity for iwi participation.

We conducted, managed and consolidated information from investigative workstreams, including the visitor economy, iwi, biodiversity/environment and infrastructure. Complex information was made simple by developing visual aids and smart communication tools. These allowed for easier decision-making at key stages in the project and for easier display of our findings.

Working to Provincial Growth Fund principles and alongside MBIE representatives, the final report placed the full cost/benefit analysis of the project within the context of jobs, social inclusion, the Māori economy, environmental sustainability, resilience and diversification of the economy. Our understanding of local government policy and financial arrangements were employed to distil the financial priorities for expenditure.


  • The completion of full feasibility study and investment proposition with input and engagement from iwi, local and national government, government agencies and the local community.


  • Analysis – input from economic data and extensive stakeholder interviews

  • Strategy – defining opportunities and enablers

  • Communications – design of tools and techniques to distil complex data to facilitate decision-making

  • Facilitation - with iwi, local and central government and other key stakeholders

  • Collaboration – extensive collaborative approach to achieve consensus with diverse interest group