Pop­u­lar Roys Peak Track ve­hi­cle fa­cil­i­ties im­prove­ments

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The De­part­ment of Con­ser­va­tion (DOC) will be ex­tend­ing and seal­ing the Roys Peak Track’s car park while Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict Coun­cil (QLDC) widens the road to make it safer for ve­hi­cles us­ing the car park. The track sched­uled to be closed to the pub­lic un­til mid-Novem­ber. Roys Peak Track is one of the most pop­u­lar day walks in the coun­try with 58,000 vis­i­tors us­ing the track be­tween Novem­ber 2016 and July 2017. In recog­ni­tion of this, the walk has been se­lected for in­clu­sion in DOC’s new net­work of­fer­ing some of New Zealand’s best Day Hikes. Mike Tubbs, DOC Op­er­a­tions Man­ager, Cen­tral Otago Dis­trict, says its in­clu­sion in the net­work is a huge ben­e­fit for the fu­ture of the track. “It en­sures Roys Peak Track has the right in­fra­struc­ture in place to main­tain a great ex­pe­ri­ence for its users. It’s also recog­ni­tion that this track pro­vides an ex­cep­tional walk­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that meets peo­ple’s needs and ex­pec­ta­tions.” QLDC Se­nior Project Man­ager Rob Darby says the work will make a huge dif­fer­ence to the safety and ac­ces­si­bil­ity of the start of this very pop­u­lar track. “QLDC will work to up­grade the ve­hi­cle en­trance to the car park by con­struct­ing a slip lane and ad­di­tional widen­ing on the op­pos­ing side of the road in line with cur­rent safety stan­dards.” QLDC are also con­struct­ing a gravel track link­ing the Roys Peak Track car park to the Damper Bay Track lo­cated 500 me­tres to the east on Mt As­pir­ing Road and which leads down to the lake­side. This will pro­vide a safer means for walk­ers to move be­tween the two tracks.

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