GREAT RIDE RE-ALIGNMENT
In 2017 the Queenstown Trails Trust announced plans to expand and enhance to existing trail to create a series of linear loops. The proposed re-aligned trail will connect Arrowtown to Queenstown via Arthur's Point and Jack's Point to Frankton and ultimately Gibbston via the true right of the Kawarau River. The Trust is working through landowner permissions and consents and we hope phase one of the re-alignment - trail building of the Arrowtown to Arthur's Point section will commence later in 2019. To fund this project we are hoping to secure 50% of costs from central government (MBIE Enhance and Expand fund), the remaining 50% we’ll need to source locally via local funding bodies, QLDC, major donors and of course our Friends. If you want a bridge with your name on please do get in touch.
TRAIL CONNECTIVITY - CONNECTING OUR COMMUNITIES
In a bid to ease congestion on our roads the Trust wants to connect all Queenstown communities to the main Queenstown Trail routes to encourage safe cycle commuting and walking within the District. We all know Queenstowners love their bikes, only we want to see less attached to cars via bike racks and see more people riding to work, school, to the shops and for leisure. Working with QLDC, NZTA and MBIE we are looking closely at how we easily and safely connect the community hubs of Arthurs Point, Sunshine Bay, and Fernhill through Queenstown CBD; Queenstown to Arrowtown; Lake Hayes Estate, Shotover Country and Quail Rise through to Frankton and of course Jack’s Point and Hanley’s Farm to Frankton. Our Re-alignment plans will also compliment this project.
This is a vital period of trail development for Queenstown and in line with the Trust 10yr Plan to ‘connect our communities’. With growing pressure on roads from a rapidly expanding population, there has never been a more important time to provide alternate travel routes and transport modes for our community. With a sustainable and integrated trail network, we can encourage more ‘active transport’ for commuters as well as get kids back on bikes with a safe means of getting to the new high school in Frankton.
CORONET LOOP MTB AND WALKING TRAIL
This project has been a long time coming. The Queenstown Trails Trust has been working tirelessly with multiple stakeholders to bring this project into fruition. The exceptional generosity of the Soho Properties Landowner has seen 53,000ha of magnificent land gifted to the people of NZ by way of QEII National Covenant. An intermediate grade MTB (and walking) trail starting at the top of Bush Creek, traversing the front face of Coronet Peak to the base of the Rude Rock trail, down Long Gully and up over Greengates Saddle before returning to the Macetown Road via Deep Creek and Coronet Creek. The first stage of the trail is completed, and we have uncovered some interesting local mining history along the way. We are currently awaiting LINZ/DoC approvals for phase 2 which will take you from Deep Creek and Coronet Creek out to Arrowtown. Once we have phase 2 approved we can start work on forming the second stage and completing this epic 56k backcountry trail.
WORLD CLASS TRAIL MAINTENANCE PROGRAMME - From good to great!
To continue offering a world class network of trails, each year we work closely with QLDC and national government on trail maintenance prioritisation and planned upgrades on specific sections of the trails. Thanks to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's (MBIE) ‘Maintaining the quality of great rides’ fund, we are able to undertake a variety of work to take our trail from ‘good to great’.
If you enjoyed our trails and want to see us build more, we'd like to encourage you to show your support and donation. You can become a Friend of the Trust from as little as $25 per year. All donations go back to making the Queenstown Trails even greater.