By GUY WILLIAMS
The Queenstown Mountain Bike Club’s applied to build two new trails north of the Wynyard Bike Park.
The McGazza Blue Track would be an intermediate trail, running beside the Fernhill Loop
walking track, to provide an alternative descent to the advanced Salmon Run.
The second new trail would start from an existing link track between the bottom of Salmon
Run and top of McNearly Gnarly and head east, effectively linking the Wynyard and Queenstown bike parks.
Club president Pete McInally says there’s currently no trail for intermediate riders to descend from the ‘McGazza Table’ area to the Queenstown or Wynyard Bike Parks, which
means they often use the Fernhill Loop walking track.
Having the McGazza Blue track would remove the need for bikers to use the Fernhill Loop,
‘‘We always, where we can, don’t like having bikers coming down a shared trail.’’
The contractor building McGazza Blue would also repair the spots on the Fernhill Loop that’ve been damaged by bikers.
The new link trail would be hand-built by the club’s volunteer Wednesday night dig crew.
Permission for building new trails is usually gained on a case-by-case basis through the club’s MOU with the council.
However, because both proposed trails are in a wahi tupuna area — a place having cultural
significance for local iwi — the club’s applied for land use consent, which enables consultation with Dunedin and Invercargill runanga, he says.
All going well, he hopes work can start on the trails by early summer.