Two Queenstown track projects have received funding from the New Zealand Walking Access Commission’s enhanced access fund.
The Queenstown Mountain Bike Club has been granted $10,000 to assist the creation of a walking/cycling loop track between Lake Wakatipu, Moke Lake and Lake Dispute.
The Golden Lakes Discovery Loop, as it’s called, will combine existing tracks with mining pack tracks and water races.
The Lower Shotover Conservation Trust has also been granted $4007 to help build a 500m trail linking the Lower Shotover Conservation Area with the neighbouring Tucker Beach Wildlife Reserve.
The bike club and conservation trust are among 22 groups across the country to share in $230,000 made available to the NZ Walking Access Commission in this year’s funding round.
NZ Walking Access Commission chief executive Mark Neeson says the 22 projects will “open up some of our country’s most desirable spots for the enjoyment of domestic and international tourists”.