In November 2015, our 10-year strategic plan was launched, click on the link below to download and read on to find out how we are going to achieve our ambitious plans...
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.
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 May 2017 and we aim to have it completed by the end of October 2017.
TWIN RIVERS TRAIL - SHOTOVER DELTA
Scoping work is well underway and funding confirmed 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 start construction by Sept 1 2017.
JACK’S POINT LOOP
Planning for this new trail connecting Jack’s Point and looping round to connect to the historic Kawarau Falls Bridge is well underway and trail scoping commenced early this year. Not only will this be a fun recreational loop for locals and visitors, it will also act as a vital link connecting the communities of Jack’s Point and Hanley’s Farm to Frankton and the new Wakatipu High School. Our aim is to start construction early in 2018.
CORONET LOOP MTB & walking track
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 trail has been scoped, consent for the first stage (the front face of Coronet Peak) has been approved and construction will begin once this winter’s snow has melted.
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 Sunshine Bay, Fernhill and Arthurs Point 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.