A partial upgrade of the Gibbston River Trail, funded by the
Queenstown Trails Trust, will enable an extension of the
Queenstown Trail, extending the network as far as the
Gibbston Back Rd.
The upgrade and extension has been made possible through the
generosity of six Gibbston landowners and the support of both
the Department of Conservation and the Gibbston Community
QTT chief executive Mandy Kennedy said the upgrade of the
Gibbston River Trail provided the ''best of both worlds''.
Following easements over private land, the trust could
construct a maximum grade 2 trail, which would be wheelchair
friendly, to Gibbston Back Rd, while protecting the Wentworth
and Waitiri walking loops.
Gibbston Community Association chairwoman Trish MacKenzie
said the upgrade would provide greater awareness of the
trail, which will undoubtedly be of benefit to all businesses
Gibbston Valley Station has provided a mown detour trail
while the upgrade is being carried out. Work is expected to
be complete by mid-March.