Road to be widened at Roys Peak car park

The overflowing car park in Mt Aspiring Rd, Wanaka, at the start of the Roys Peak track. Photo: ODT.
The overflowing car park in Mt Aspiring Rd, Wanaka, at the start of the Roys Peak track. Photo: ODT.
Work to widen Mt Aspiring Rd near the entrance to the Roys Peak Track car park near Wanaka started yesterday.

Queenstown Lakes District council senior project manager Rob Darby said the council would  upgrade the vehicle entrance to the car park by constructing a slip lane and additional widening on the opposing side of the road.

He said "the work will make a huge difference to the safety and accessibility of the start of this very popular track."

The Department of Conservation will  use the same contractors to extend and seal the  car park, doubling current parking capacity.

Doc Central Otago operations manager Mike Tubbs said the work was  timed to minimise the impact on track users and coincided with the normal spring closure of the track for lambing on Alphaburn Station.

Roys Peak Track is one of the most popular day walks in the country. A total of  58,000 visitors used it  between November 2016 and July 2017. The walk was recently selected for inclusion in Doc’s new network  of New Zealand’s best day hikes. Mr Tubbs said its inclusion in the network  recognised the  track provided an "exceptional walking experience" that would meet people’s needs and expectations, he said.

The QLDC  also plans to build  a 500m gravel track linking the Roys Peak Track car park to the Glendhu Bay biking and walking  track beside Lake Wanaka in the Damper Bay area. 

"This will provide a safer means for walkers to move between the two tracks," Mr Darby said.

- Kerrie Waterworth

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