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March, 2022

With the world-class Coronet Loop trail now open in all its glory,
Queenstown Trails Trust has set sights on the next big project, opening
up yet more previously inaccessible parts of the Whakatipu Basin.

After four years work, an extension to the Queenstown Trail, linking
Arrowtown, Arthurs Point and Tuckers Beach, is in the final stages of

Trails trust chief executive Mark Williams says its a really exciting
project, offering people the opportunity to ditch cars and access
wherever by bike.
The goal here is a bike trail within 10 minutes of every community in
the district, so you can hop on a bike at home, and get to cycle
wherever you need to be, off-road.

The new link will pick up from the existing Tuckers Beach trail and cross
the Shotover River via a new 80-metre suspension bridge.
Itll then head upstream, traversing parts of the Shotover Gorge, now
only accessible by jetboat, before passing through an historic gold
mining tunnel linking to Big Beach, below Arthurs Point.
Williams believes this, in particular, will be a real highlight for trail
Thats gonna be a really cool experience, its such a stunning,
different landscape.

The trail will then head from Arthurs Point along the base of Coronet
Peak, connecting with the mountains backcountry trails.

What excites me the most, is that it provides an option to act as a bit
of a capture trail for all the new cool stuff coming down off Coronet
Peak, Coronet Loop, the Hot Rod Trail  everything coming down on
Alan Reid Road will tie into this new trail, which will then run up
towards Arrowtown beside Mill Creek, Williams says.

The trail will connect to Millbrook and join the existing network as it
enters Arrowtown.

While the planning process has been lengthy, the trusts thankful for the
permissions of landowners and the support of Queenstowns council and
Department of Conservation.

Its been a good combination of different stakeholders all having their
say and supporting the project.
The trail was given consent in July last year, with 50% of funding
secured through the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employments
New Zealand Cycle Trails Fund, and the other half from Central Lakes
Trust and donors.
Design tenders were awarded a month ago  Paterson Pitts will handle
trail design and Stantec will oversee structures.
Its hoped a construction tender will be awarded by mid-winter and,
ideally, construction will start this summer.
Its a really exciting time for the trust because were in this project
phase where weve been planning for so long, and all of a sudden we
can start to deliver results.
I guess 12 to 18 months from now wed be getting pretty close to the
whole thing being done, Williams says.

Source: Mountain Scene


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