Thousands loving new Queenstown trail

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Thousands of walkers, runners and bikers have taken to the new Queenstown Trail on its opening weekend.

Statistics show during Labour Weekend that 2228 people crossed the 80-metre Edgar Bridge, part of the 100km local trail which forms the National Cycleway project.

Queenstown Lakes District Council community services general manager Paul Wilson says public reaction to the new trail has been incredible.

“It was great to see so many people giving the trail a go over the weekend, particularly the large number of family groups and novice riders,” Wilson says.

Council would continue to monitor numbers during the coming year to assess the trail’s economic impact of the trail.

Anyone who rode it was encouraged to complete a short online survey at www.queenstowntrail.co.nz where a trail map was also available at the site.

Wilson says survey results will help the council and Wakatipu Trails Trust identify any issues and prioritise improvements during the coming years.

In particular, the council and trust were keen to get feedback on the trail grade, signs, website and a smartphone app MyParx which provides a live interactive tour of the trail.

The new trail has also sparked new businesses in Queenstown, with starting up.

Prime Minister John Key last Thursday officially opened the Queenstown Trail – one of 18 in the national cycleway project inspired by his Jobs Summit.