New Wakatipu trail a step closer


Wakatipu walkers and riders will have a new public pathway to explore next month. 

The 8km-long Gibbston River Trail that links the historic Kawarau Bridge bungy jump at one end of the Gibbston Valley to Waitiri Creek Wines at the other, will open after a ceremony at Peregrine Wines on December 4, from 11am – 2pm . 

The Gibbston Community Association fundraised a mammoth $1.4 million for the project – six years in the making. 

GCA chair Susan Stevens says the final touches are being made to the trail before the official opening. 

“We are beavering away on perfecting the bridges, tracks, fences, stiles and putting in place DoC signs before we carry out final inspections.” 

“The project aims to bring a sensational new track to the Southern Lakes and features no steps so is totally wheel-friendly. It’s also a fantastic route that connects some superb local wineries, such as Peregrine Wines, The Winehouse & Kitchen, and Waitiri Creek Wines,” Stevens adds.