Our 17.6km trail extension from Arrowtown to Tucker Beach via Arthurs Point has been given the green light from Queenstown Lake District Council. This new trail will offer locals and visitors access to previously inaccessible parts of the Whakatipu Basin – the stunning Shotover Gorge – running along the true left of the Shotover River/Kimi Akau River to a new pedestrian bridge at Tucker Beach.
The trail will also provide an off-road link from Arrowtown along Malaghans Road – from where it will enable easy access up onto Coronet Peak’s trails – on to Littles Road and through the gorge to Tucker Beach.
This trail has been more than three years in planning, there’s been a huge amount of work go into this new trail and we’re hugely appreciative of the support from QLDC, DoC, MBIE, private landowners and philanthropists that have played an important role in making this happen.
Funding for most of the trail has already been secured through MBIE’s NZ Cycle Trails Fund and Central Lakes Trust, but funds to build the Kimi Akau Bridge at Tucker Beach will be raised from within the community.
Queenstown Trails Trust is also working in close partnership with DoC to gain access to adapt an historic mining tunnel below Big Beach, to accommodate the trail. A decision from DoC is likely to come early next year. In the meantime, with resource consent now granted, we are now able start planning for construction of the section from Arrowtown to Arthurs Point.
This new section of the Queenstown Trail will be a valuable addition to the network and we expect it to be very popular with mountain bikers accessing single track, gravel riders looking for a loop, commuters, walkers and runners.
Work on the trail is expected to begin this summer.
If you enjoy our trails and would like to help us build more, please show your support by becoming a Friend of the Trust today. All donations go directly towards the trail expansion fund shortfall. Or if you'd like a bridge, hill or underpass in your family or business name, please do get in touch.