Con­flict over bike tours

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By MA­JORIE COOK

The popular walk­ing and bik­ing Out­let Track and Bike Wanaka’s cy­cle-spe­cific Deans Bank track should be ex­cluded from a com­mer­cial tour li­cence, a coun­cil sub­com­mit­tee has rec­om­mended.

But Cy­cle Tours NZ will be the first com­pany to re­ceive a li­cence for guided bik­ing and walk­ing tours over most Wanaka re­serves ev­ery day of the year.

Queen­stown tourism op­er­a­tors Beau and Andi Rap­ley ap­plied for a 10 year li­cence to use a com­pre­hen­sive list of Up­per Clutha tracks but coun­cil­lors Alexa Forbes and Calum MacLeod have also wa­tered this down to two years, with two rights of re­newal for an­other two years.

The Wanaka Com­mu­nity Board will con­sider the rec­om­men­da­tion at its meet­ing on April 15 be­fore its goes to the full coun­cil on April 30.

The Rap­leys could not be con­tacted by The Mir­ror be­fore go­ing to print.

Their ap­pli­ca­tion also in­cluded some tracks and trails in the Wakatipu area and some of the tracks, such as the Out­let Track, also cross Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion re­serves, for which they have con­ces­sions.

There has been no clear process

The king of Deans Bank – John Mezger pow­ers his way to victory at the 2014 Deans Bank 10 hour moun­tain­bike race.

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