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May, 2021

Tourism Minister Stuart Nash was in Arrowtown this month to announce
millions in Government funding for a major $20.773 million cycleway
Nash said work on new and upgraded cycle trails in Queenstown,
Arrowtown and Central Otago was moving up a gear as two significant
projects passed further milestones today.
Nash has announced new funding for the Queenstown Trails Project, and
will also formally open the Lake Dunstan Trail at Bannockburn near
Cromwell later today.

The Government has approved new funding of $6.745 million for the
Queenstown Trails Realignment Project, from Ng Haerenga, the NZ
Cycle Trails Fund (NZCT).
The Queenstown Trail is one of the most popular Great Rides and a
major contributor to the local economy.
Total cost of the project was $20.773 million, with the NZCT Fund
contribution being $6.745 million. NZCT funding was subject to the
outcomes of the partial review of the Otago Conservation Management
Strategy to allow for mountain biking on some public conservation land.
The project will be supplemented by $4.49 million funding from Waka
Kotahi, the NZ Transport Agency.
It was currently a hub and spoke network of more than 120km of
recreational, connector and commuter tracks, linking Queenstown,
Arrowtown, Gibbston, Lake Hayes Estate, and Jacks Point.
"The new project will improve the trail by realigning it, turning it into a
more clearly defined world-class, multi-day cycle route that showcases
the history, culture, landscapes, and vineyards in the Wakatipu Basin,"
Nash said.
"The improved trail is expected to attract an additional 65,100
recreational users by 2033 and the project itself will involve about 28
full-time jobs each year over the five-year build."
Cycle tourism and cycle trailed enjoyed strong support all over New
Zealand and some of the most extensive and popular networks were in
the lower South Island, he said.
"Cycle tourism and associated activity like construction and
maintenance of the trails, accommodation, cafes, retail and transport
services has breathed new life into jobs, businesses and the economic
recovery in our
visitor destinations.
"Cycle tourism is popular with both domestic and international visitors
and showcases spectacular landscapes and historic and cultural sites
dotted around our regions."
Later this afternoon Nash will also officially open the 52km Lake
Dunstan Trail which connects Cromwell to Clyde, the start and end point
of the Otago Central Rail Trail.
"The new Lake Dunstan trail skirts the shore of the lake created by the
Clyde Dam and traverses some of the most breathtaking features of the
Cromwell Gorge."
Highlights included suspended boardwalks hanging off rock faces just
metres above the lake.
"It will be an awesome cycling experience in a spectacular setting, and
another drawcard to attract people to the district and connect with the
Great Rides in the region.
"Todays milestones for the two cycle trail projects are testament to the
efforts of local businesses, individuals and charitable trusts.
"The wider communities of the Wakatipu and Cromwell Basins have
given untold hours of volunteer labour and significant financial
contributions, and have been a driving force behind the projects," Nash

Source: Mountain Scene


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