A proposed cycle and walking trail linking Cromwell with
the Gibbston Valley is an exciting prospect which already has
the support of some of the key ''players'', one of the
The Kawarau Gorge Trail would span 27km, from the far side of
the Nevis Bluff to Cromwell and the project was estimated to
cost about $5 million, charitable trail trustee Glen
Christiansen, of Cromwell, said.
He attended the recent Clutha Management Committee meeting
and sought $5000 towards a $76,000 feasibility study into the
project. The committee agreed to his request.
No route had been decided on yet, but it was intended to link
up with the Queenstown Trail and the Gibbston River Trail, Mr
''We're pretty excited about the project and it has the
support of Doc [Department of Conservation] and the
Queenstown Trails trust and we've had preliminary talks with
the majority of the landowners along the way - most seem in
The trail trust had asked the Central Lakes Trust for funding
towards the feasibility study and should hear the result this
month or next month, he said. The gorge trail would cross
from the Central Otago district into the Queenstown Lakes
district, but he had yet to contact the Queenstown council
for any funding.
Council parks and recreation manager Mathew Begg said the
committee had supported other cycle and walking track
proposals. This included $5000 towards a proposed trail at
Alexandra and acting as the funding applicant for a
feasibility study into a Cromwell to Clyde trail.
As well, the committee had supported other trails developed
around Lake Dunstan, he said.