Conflict over bike tours
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.