Jardine 5km loop track

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Queenstown is on track for a new $25,000 mountain bike trail.

Work is expected to start on the course at Jardine Park in Kelvin Heights in the New Year.

Being constructed and operated by the Queens­town Mountain Bike Club, it’ll be open to everyone and is suitable for families and beginners.

“Our next step is to mark in the track and we plan to do this in the next few months,” says the club’s Nathan Greenwood.

“Funding is in place and we’re looking to put about five kilometres of loop track in there. It’s exciting.”

The Kelvin Peninsula Community Association welcomes the move.

“Jardine Park is an incredible facility to have and it’s great to see it being used in this way,” says KPCA chairman David Finlin.

The planned new trail isn’t connected to recent upgrades to the Kelvin Peninsula track fringing Lake Wakatipu, some of which has been widened and smoothed out.

Some independent moun­­tain bikers and tramp­­­ers have grizzled that this has spoiled a popular amenity in the area.

“One or two individuals aren’t happy about it,” says Finlin. “But we see it as an enhancement that gives more people better access to some beautiful beaches.”