Otago Daily Times

New bike track built by tourism work­ers launched

QUEEN­STOWN

- GUY WIL­LIAMS guy.wil­liams@odt.co.nz Urbanism · Queenstown · Queenstown · Queenstown · Tony Banks, Baron Stratford · New Zealand Department of Conservation

A NEW moun­tain bike track built by tourism work­ers near the Queen­stown sub­urb of Sho­tover Coun­try was of­fi­cially opened at a com­mu­nity event this week.

The 1.2km loop trail was built on the Sho­tover River delta over a pe­riod of four weeks in June and July by mem­bers of the Work­force Al­liance, a post­Covid ini­tia­tive that em­ployed more than 50 staff from AJ Hack­ett Bungy, Go Or­ange, Canyon Swing, Ngai Tahu Tourism and Sky­line to work on eight con­ser­va­tion or re­cre­ation projects through­out the Wakatipu.

The work was funded by the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion’s pi­lot pro­gramme for ‘‘Jobs for Na­ture’’, and man­aged by the Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict Coun­cil’s parks and re­serves team.

To the great sur­prise of the trail’s de­signer, Fraser Gor­don, it was of­fi­cially named ‘‘The Sweet Rob­bie’’, after his son, at the open­ing.

Mr Gor­don said the ‘‘easy’’ grade 2 track was suit­able for ev­ery­one from novice rid­ers to adults.

Lake Hayes Es­tate and Sho­tover Coun­try Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion chair­woman Anita Golden said that res­i­dents were ‘‘de­lighted and grate­ful’’ for the trail and other track im­prove­ment projects in the area.

‘‘It nor­mally takes a lot of time and vol­un­teers to get th­ese kinds of projects com­pleted, so to have it ready within three months is a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment,’’ Ms Golden said.

‘‘It’s re­ally helped our lo­cal com­mu­nity get out of their houses and en­joy fam­ily time out­doors, which is great for their men­tal and phys­i­cal well­be­ing dur­ing a dif­fi­cult time.’’

Work­force Al­liance team mem­ber Tony Banks said he had en­joyed the pos­i­tive feed­back from lo­cals while help­ing build the track, and was look­ing for­ward to bring­ing his chil­dren to try it out.

 ?? PHOTO: GUY WIL­LIAMS ?? Trail­blaz­ers . . . About to tackle a new bike trail on the Sho­tover River delta are (from left) Es­ther Nai (6), Austen Mor­ris (7) and Ella Brown (6).
PHOTO: GUY WIL­LIAMS Trail­blaz­ers . . . About to tackle a new bike trail on the Sho­tover River delta are (from left) Es­ther Nai (6), Austen Mor­ris (7) and Ella Brown (6).

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