Glenorchy residents try the newly opened Lagoon Boardwalk
Track yesterday. Photo by Olivia Caldwell.
Glenorchy residents welcomed the new $315,000 extension
to the Lagoon Boardwalk yesterday after six month's
Locals of all ages gathered to the unveiling for a stroll
around the 1.7km addition to the track at midday, followed by
a community picnic in fine weather.
The trail begins at the lakefront and and now runs 3.3km in
total through the Hobbit-like swampland north of the
The project began in May as part of the area's 150
celebrations, with the aim of commemorating the
sesquicentennial with a lasting memorial that would see
plenty of use.
More than 18,000 runners, walkers and bikers are recorded to
use the track every year - popular with both locals and
Walkway committee member Amanda Hasselman said the project
had been a huge one for the small township to undertake.
"We are extremely proud of the result and of the way the
community has really pulled together to make this project
happen. We are also really pleased to have been able to work
so well with the Department of Conservation, who have put a
huge amount of resources into the extension."
Financial contributions had come from near and afar, she
said, with the Central Lakes Trust, The Community Trust of
Southland, Walking Access New Zealand, and The Queenstown
Lakes District Council all having input in to the project.
Mrs Hasselman said community labour and generosity had been
the biggest help for the walkway's timely completion.
Vladka Kennett, another member of the organising committee,
had previously tackled the walkway before it wascompleted and
said it was a remarkable improvement.
"Me and my husband Richard used to walk the swamp. It was
really quite a task and was like a swamp or a waterbed.
"Conditions are very difficult and we all felt for the guys
who were building the boardwalk during the winter."
She said the walkway would be an asset for the local
community and for tourists.
"It wouldn't have happened without the manpower given by