Queenstown’s cycle and walking trails are getting a $300,000 spruce-up thanks to the taxpayer.
The announcement was made by Prime Minister and Tourism Minister John Key last Friday.
Queenstown Trails Trust boss Mandy Kennedy says the money would be used for maintenance and upgrade work, including additional culverts, resurfacing and signage.
“It’s great news. We’re delighted,” Kennedy says.
“There are parts of the trail that do need maintenance or upgrading to take them up to the next level.”
The work will take place over winter and spring.
It is the Queenstown Trails Trust’s biggest grant from the contestable Maintaining the Quality of the
Great Rides Fund.
In the three previous funding rounds it received grants totalling $272,000 for various work, including repairing storm damage and upgrading the Kelvin Peninsula section.
Other recipients announced last Friday, in the fund’s fourth round, were Tourism Waitaki’s Alps 2 Ocean ($106,250) and the Central Otago Clutha Trails Trust ($62,065 for the Roxburgh Gorge and Clutha Gold Trails).
In a statement, Key says the Great Rides are used by thousands of people daily and provided a “significant boost” to New Zealand tourism, attracting more than a million users in 2015.
The money’s on top of the Budget 2016 announcement of a further $25m over four years to extend and link different sections of the New Zealand Cycle Trail.
That includes the creation of a 536km continuous trail network by linking the Queenstown Trail, the Otago Central Rail Trail, the Roxburgh Gorge Trail and the Clutha Gold Trail.
Otago Daily Times