In November 2015, our 10-year strategic plan was launched - view it here:
It is bold and audacious and includes exciting new trail developments and opportunities to provide more connections to the existing network of recreational trails for commuters, community and visitors to enjoy. Please read on to see what projects we are currently working on, which will ultimately help lead us towards our vision of 'Inspiring Adventures, Connecting Communities'.
WORLD-CLASS TRAIL MAINTENANCE PROGRAMME
In a bid to build a world-class network of trails, we have been working with QLDC on trail maintenance and planned upgrades on specific parts of the trail throughout 2016 and 2017. Prioritising sections of the trail which require a variety of work in order to take our trail from "Good to Great". Thanks to recent planned upgrades and joint venture funding from MBIE's maintaining the quality of great rides fund, you'll notice the trails are now riding fantastic from Lake Hayes Estate through to Arrow Junction and the Arrow Bridges Ride. Visit our maintenance page if you would like to check for current trail closures or disruptions here.
TWIN RIVER TRAIL - KAWARAU RIVER RIVERSIDE TRAIL PROJECT
Back in 2013 we incurred a trail failure on the Twin Rivers Trail. We are delighted to advise this failure was repaired and trail reopened in November 2016. This project has enabled our community and visitors to enjoy again the spectacular trail which runs alongside the Kawarau River from the Shotover Delta to Riverside Road in Frankton, offering both a recreational and commuter connection. Special thanks to the team at Remarkables Park Ltd for partnering with us and providing both financial and project management assistance, MBIE’s Maintaining the Quality of Great Rides fund, the EP Wilding Estate, Air NZ Queenstown International Marathon and Mr & Mrs C Williams all for providing financial assistance to enable this project.
LAKE HAYES TRAIL UPGRADE
The last quarter of 2016 saw the upgrade project the very popular Lake Hayes Track get underway – there are still a couple of finishing touches to go however we are positive you will enjoy the new surface and in places easier to negotiate alignment. Our huge thanks go to the team at the Department of Conservation (DoC) who managed this project and provided funding. In addition, donations from the 2016 Friends of the Trust membership drive have gone toward this project. All work will be completed by mid-February 2017.
OFFICiAL QUEENSTOWN TRAIL MAP
We launched the first ever official Queenstown Trail map in November 2016. The new map aims to be a useful tool for trail users, making it easy to navigate the trail and all amenities and points of interest. Please get in touch if you'd like a copy or are in a position to distribute on our behalf.
IMPROVED TRAIL WAYFINDING
We are undertaking an update to the signage on the entire Queenstown Trail and associated links and loops in order to make wayfinding on our trails a whole lot easier. This project commenced in January 2017 and we aim to have it completed by the end of April 2017.
GLENDA DRIVE TO THE QUEENSTOWN EVENTS CENTRE CONNECTION
Work commenced in December 2016 to make the journey on the trail from the Shotover Delta via the Glenda Drive commuter trail to the Events Centre easier to navigate. An on-road clearly marked marked cycle-lane is being established on Glenda Drive (accessible when you pop out from the commuter trail) along with a paved path and new signage is also being installed – trail users will no longer have to ride by the transfer station - yahoo! Our thanks to the QLDC team for engaging with us on this project. We expect this enhancement to be complete by the end of January 2017.
TWIN RIVERS TRAIL - SHOTOVER DELTA
Scoping work is well underway for an off-road trail from the Shotover Bridge to the Delta in order to negate the need for trail users to utilise the Shotover Delta Road. Two options are under consideration and we will advise more information as soon as we can. The timeline for this project (if all goes according to plan!) is to have the new trail constructed and open for business by Winter 2017.
JACK’S POINT TRAIL
Scoping work is underway to see whether we can form an easy trail from Jardine Park to Jack’s Point and part of the 10 year strategy includes looping the trail around to join the one lane Kawarau Bridge which will become the official cycling and walking bridge as soon as the new two lane Kawarau Bridge is open. This loop/link will provide vital connectivity from the growing and dynamic Jack's Point community to Frankton - a thriving business and shopping centre and new location of the Wakatipu High, opening in 2018. This link/loop will provide connection into the trail network accessing Queenstown.
CORONET LOOP MOUNTAIN BIKE TRACK
We are in the process of undertaking relevant consents to form a mountain biking and walking trail, and are working with the team at Soho Properties to bring this project to fruition - we will publish timelines soon.
TOWN CENTRE CYCLING HUBS / BIKE SHELTERS
The Trust is currently advocating the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) to make Queenstown town centre more cycling friendly. The first stage of this plan is to connect the three main access ways into Queenstown - Frankton, Gorge Road and Fernhill with commuter trails connecting the existing recreational trails. The Trust is also recommending that QLDC build bike shelters, to providing a safe and secure place for commuters and visitors to park their bikes centrally. Watch this space for implementation dates.