Blaze a new trail


A Queenstown fundraiser tomorrow doubles as a unique chance to run, walk or cycle on scenic farmland. 

The second annual Wakatipu Trail Blazer will run largely on private farmland between the start at the Jack’s Point Clubhouse and the finish at Kelvin Heights’ Jardine Park. 

The $20-a-head event is part of a final fundraising push for the $5 million, 90km Queenstown Trail linking Queenstown, Arrow­­­­town and Gibbston. 

Event organiser Geoff Hunt – who’s volunteering his services for the Queenstown Trails Trust – says the 7.5km run/walk and 15km mountain courses are “not difficult at all”. 

“There is some hill but it’s not significant.” 

Runners/walkers and mountain bikers share the course for the first six kilometres. 

Bikers then chart a course back to Jack’s Point before pedalling the lakeside Jack’s Point Track. 

Hunt says runners/walkers “continue on private farmland, going down through really nice open tussock-land until it drops on to the track”. 

Towards the end, participants “come out onto a high point where you’ve got the whole lake spread out in front of you”, Hunt says. 

The race starts at 6pm, following registration at Jack’s Point Clubhouse from 4pm till 5.45pm. 

Entrants choose either competitive or recreational categories, and race in open, junior (13-18) or veteran (40-plus) age groups. 

A sausage sizzle and bar are available at the after-party at Jardine Park.