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On yer bike: Glenorchy Trails Trust chairman Matt Belcher and trust member Katherine Cahill at the start of the first stage of the Buckler Burn Loop Trail

By GUY WILLIAMS

The first stage of a loop trail from Glenorchy to the Buckler Burn and back will be officially
opened today.

The Glenorchy Trails Trust’s inviting the community to celebrate the opening with the cutting of a tyre tube at 1pm, although the get-together and sausage sizzle will start at noon and run until 2pm.

Completed over the winter, the 1km trail runs beside the Glenorchy-Queenstown Road to
Campbelltown, a satellite settle ment south of the township.

The $89,000 cost of the Buckler Burn Loop Trail’s first stage was funded by Queenstown’s
council.

The second stage, which the trust hopes to start building next year, has been accelerated by promises of funding from Community Trust South, the Central Lakes Trust and the Glenorchy Community Trust.

Trust chairman Matt Belcher says the second stage will involve the construction of a footbridge across the Buckler Burn, then a 500m trail extension to just across the road from the Whakaari Conservation Area carpark.

Work on a feasibility study is underway.

The final stage will run along the true left of the Buckler Burn and head through the Peninsula Reserve back to Glenorchy.

The trust was set up in 2017 with the vision of creating a series of walking and cycling trails linking the township and the other head-of-the-lake communities, Kinloch and Paradise, to Queenstown.

guy.williams@scene.co.nz