A $4 million funding agreement between the New Zealand Cycle
Trail and the Southland District Council has been described
as clearing the way for construction of the Around the
Mountains cycle trail to begin.
The trail was announced by Prime Minister John Key in July
2009 as one of seven potential ''Quick Start'' cycle trails
in New Zealand.
NZ Cycle Trail project manager John Dunn said the new funding
contract would enable the Southland District Council to start
building the 175km trail. Southland Mayor Frana Cardno said
the council was now working on getting the best price it
could for tenders and hoped to be under way ''as soon as
''We are really excited and thank the community for all their
support,'' she said.
''We are looking forward to completing this trail and seeing
the positive impact on these communities.''
The trail would be completed in two stages, the first by
October 31 this year and the second by December 2015. The
trail winds from Walter Peak Station up the Von Valley to
Mavora Lakes, then along the Oreti River to Mossburn and then