Construction of 34km of new cycle tracks could begin in
the Wanaka-Lake Hawea area in the next two or three years.
The Upper Clutha Tracks Trust identified 10 potential
projects at its annual meeting last week.
The longest new track would be 8.3km long and run from the
Luggate Creek cycle track to Poison Creek, Queensbury.
A 6km track is proposed through the Motutapu Gorge to Mt
Aspiring Rd and a 5.5km track could be built from Glendhu Bay
to West Wanaka Rd.
Tracks Trust chairman Tim Dennis said the 10 projects had
been drawn up after consultation with the public and any of
them could be built in the next three years. The trust did
not have money for the tracks and would have to begin
There were also easement issues to be negotiated with
Mr Dennis said it was hoped ultimately the Wanaka tracks
would link up with tracks in the Cromwell district.
"We're just slowly chipping away at that one."
A decision on which project should get priority has not been
The trust expects the new 12km, $94,000 Newcastle track, from
the Hawea track to the Red Bridge near Luggate, to be
completed next month.