QUEENSTOWNERS HIT THE TRAILS DURING COVID-19 LOCKDOWN
We were stoked to see Queenstown’s trails experiencing a surge in users during lockdown, with more than 160,000 walkers and cyclists on the network during Alert Level 4, with some trail sections up 250% on regular usage.
It was hugely rewarding to see people out in their ‘bubbles’ enjoying the area’s network of cycling and walking trails during what was a difficult time for many. We are delighted that our trails provided the ‘essential service’ of fresh air and exercise, contributing to the health and wellbeing of Queenstowner’s during lockdown.
Particularly popular were the Twin Rivers trail with over 64,746 users (up 165%), the Kelvin Peninsula trail with 10,628 users (up 39%) and the Jack’s Point trail with 4,061 users (120%).
This year, we have repositioned our annual fundraising appeal, underway now, to reflect the pandemic. We know that people are doing it tough out there but we also know people want to support the development of new tracks and trails. So we’re offering everyone the opportunity to become a friend of the Queenstown Trails Trust for just $5 this year.
While many of the Trusts long-term supporters will continue to contribute with larger donations, the lower entry fee will enable first time supporters to get involved.
As Queenstown braces for life post pandemic, we’re working hard to plan and build new trails, which will provide locals new places to ride and also attract visitors giving our economy a boost. The funds raised during this appeal will be an important part of this.
Work is already underway on some awesome new trails on and around Coronet Peak, consent is lodged for a new trail between Tuckers Beach and Arrowtown, and we’re forging ahead with some proposals for absolutely epic backcountry trails which will blow your socks off!
The first 500 Friends to sign up will get a thank you gift pack, including a 2020 keyring with Friend of the Trust ID tag and bike sticker. New Friends will also receive the Queenstown Trails Trust bi-monthly newsletter meaning members will be first to hear the latest trail news.
Since 2018 the Trust has been working on a $15million expansion plan to grow the existing network, plus the development of new trails around the Coronet Peak area and beyond. Life after Covid-19 will bring huge challenges to Queenstown, but for the Trust, it brings huge possibilities for trail development and investment from national government, jobs and an economic boost for the region.
We’d love your support, join now from just $5
Mark ‘Willy’ Williams
Queenstown Trails Trust CEO