Walking up the new Luggate track which will be formally
opened on Sunday are (from left) Upper Clutha Tracks Trust
trustees John Wellington, Grant Fyfe, Rachel Brown and Stu
Thorne. Photo by Marjorie Cook.
The secrets of Luggate Creek will be revealed to the
public with the opening of a new walking track on Sunday.
The Upper Clutha Tracks Trust project has been done in
consultation with the Luggate Community Association,
Department of Conservation, Wanaka Community Board, Contact
Energy and other groups.
It is an extension of the Upper Clutha Track that begins at
Walkers and cyclists can now travel below the Luggate Red
Bridge to the Nook, across a new bridge over the Luggate
Creek and up to Luggate township, finishing a short distance
from the Luggate Hotel.
"It's now truly pub to pub," trustee John Wellington said of
the trust's trail network, which also includes Wanaka, Albert
Town, Cardrona and Lake Hawea.
With Luggate now on the trail, just Hawea Flat and Makarora
are out of the loop.
But the trustees said they were trying to think of ways to
eventually link those townships to the network, plus extend
the Luggate track down to the Queenstown Lakes District
Council boundary at Queensberry.
Mr Wellington said the idea for the Luggate Creek extension
was formed before the Upper Clutha Track between Albert Town
and the Luggate Red Bridge had been completed.
Initially, the trust had wanted to cross the bridge and
continue the track downstream on the Tarras side of the
That changed when the trust and association met to discuss
access to the Nook, a whirlpool in a bend in the Clutha
Central Otago track advocates are also working on trails with
the goal of a track all the way to Cromwell, Mr Wellington
Another Upper Clutha Tracks Trust concept is to complete a
loop back from the Luggate Red Bridge to Albert Town on the
true left of the Clutha River.
Mr Wellington said the trust was in the very early stages of
developing that proposal and had to first negotiate with
landowners, including Contact Energy.
"There is public land all the way up but we will have to also
talk to neighbours," Mr Wellington said.
The Luggate Creek Track has cost about $100,000 to build so
far, with the Department of Conservation and contractor John
Sutton contracted to do parts of it.
That is not a final figure because the extension below the
Nook has not been completed.
There is a new bridge across the Luggate Creek near the Nook.
The opening of the track will be celebrated at 10am on
Sunday. Signposts explaining how to get to the track will be
put on State Highway 6 at Luggate.