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Last Satur­day I did Wanaka’s mostly off-road ‘‘tour of the towns’’ via Al­bert Town, Hawea and Lug­gate, back to Wanaka.

It was great fun, we stopped for cof­fee, cider and chips, and I look for­ward to one day do­ing the cir­cuit en­tirely off-road.

This week, my Queen­stown col­leagues are grap­pling with timeta­bles for the new $2 buses in­tro­duced to re­duce traf­fic con­ges­tion.

Cen­tral Otago growth is not quite as ram­pant as Queen­stown Lakes’. The fo­cus is on main­tain­ing a mas­sive net­work of un­sealed roads and ag­ing bridges.

But our two dis­tricts have much in com­mon: an ap­peal­ing cli­mate, job op­por­tu­ni­ties, in­creas­ing tourism, res­i­dents who love cy­cling and the out­doors, and lots of cars, trucks, camper­vans and buses.

Who doesn’t have five bikes and two cars in the garage? Which will you be giv­ing a work­out to­day?

Talk about it with friends on the bus to work, or the Ac­tive Wanaka Trans­port meet­ing on Novem­ber 30.

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