$13.2 million for trail network in Otago
On: 9 August 2018
A proposed 530-kilometre continuous trail network across Otago has been granted $13.2 million through the Ngā Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail: Enhancement and Extension Fund.
The Central Otago Queenstown Trail Network will see 122 kilometres of new trail, connecting four existing Great Rides in the area and creating an additional link to Wanaka. A further 47 kilometres of existing trail will be upgraded to Great Ride standards.
The Great Rides to be included in the network are the Clutha Gold Trail, Otago Central Rail Trail, Roxburgh Gorge Trail and Queenstown Trails.
Estimates predict the number of people riding the trail will more double to 174,000 by 2032 and the average length of time that trail users stay in the area will increase by 33 per cent – delivering economic growth and an estimated 329 more full-time jobs across the region.
Central government funding will be matched by local funding, primarily by Central Lakes Trust and Otago Community Trust.
The Central Otago Queenstown Trail Network Trust will now create an implementation plan that will set out a timeframe and confirm cost estimations for this work.
The following trails will receive funding through the Maintaining the Quality of Great Rides Fund to help with emergency safety work and damage repair:
- Hauraki Rail Trail, $214,000
- Hawke’s Bay Trails, $65,000
- Waikato River Trails, $2,313.