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Editorial

Queenstown Trails Trust - Connecting our community

March 9 2020 by Lou Vicente - Queenstown Trails Trust

Queenstown Trails Trust - Connecting our community
18 years ago, the Wakatipu (now Queenstown) Trails Trust was established after a bunch of community-minded people thought it would be good idea to create a network of recreational walking and cycle trails. It was these visionary people that saw growth on the horizon and wanted to secure public access and easements to key land before it was fully developed. It was good timing; shortly after, Prime Minister John Key announced a multi-million-dollar fund to create a national network of cycle trails as a mechanism to boost economic, social and environmental benefits to communities and Ngā Haerenga, the NZ Cycle Trail, was born. In 2012 we opened 130km of off-road trails, which have since been travelled by over two million walkers, hikers and bikers from Queenstown to Gibbston via Frankton, Arrowtown and Jack’s Point.

Today, the Queenstown Trails Trust strives to make it easier for you to ride and walk in and around Queenstown. It’s our job to fundraise and establish more trails (and secure their maintenance) for the benefit of our community and for visitors to the region. We negotiate easements with landowners and advocate for access to this beautiful environment we call home. We have a vision to connect our community through trails and inspire adventures. Our goal is to have trails within ten minutes of every community in Queenstown. We’d like to encourage more people onto bikes for recreation and commuting, to ease traffic congestion with direct, safe routes. We want kids to cycle to school and for bikes to appeal more than cars to the next generation; we’re promoting a healthier, less stressful and more sustainable future for our town.
Our aspirations for 2020 are to have the proposed Arrowtown to Arthurs Point/Tucker Beach trail fully consented, ready for construction by next summer. In addition, the Way2Go collaboration will also begin improving connections with our current trails, as well as working on the design and construction for trails linking Jack’s Point to Frankton (2020/21) and Lake Hayes Estate to Frankton (2021/24).

We’re also getting started on some epic projects now – final approvals for the Coronet Loop have been granted and work is underway on some new trails around Coronet which will blow your mind. The Bush Creek trail is also getting some love next month which we hope will improve the experience for everyone.

At the Queenstown Trails Trust we are keen to develop more trails which traverse our incredible surroundings and we have big ideas in the pipeline, which we hope to share with you soon.

In the meantime, get out there and enjoy our wonderful trails and if you like what we do, head over to our website and show your support by becoming a friend of the Trust from as a little as $25 per year – queenstowntrail.co.nz/get-involved/become-a-friend.

Lou Vicente - Queenstown Trails Trust

- Lou Vicente - Queenstown Trails Trust
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