Wānaka Sun       

First taste of the Lake Dunstan Cycle & Walking Trail

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 11 Jun, 2020 | By Joanna Perry newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Tourism Central Otago have launched their first promotional video for the Lake Dunstan Cycle & Walking Trail, giving residents an initial taste of what is to come as the section of the track - from Smiths Ways to the Cromwell Heritage Precinct - opens.

The Lake Dunstan Trail is the first project of five that the Central Otago Queenstown Trail Network Trust are building to link the existing Great Rides of Otago. Construction started on the Lake Dunstan Trail a year ago, linking the Central Otago Rail Trail at Clyde through to Cromwell. The 54km trail will follow the true right of Lake Dunstan from Pisa Moorings to Bannockburn, and then through the gorge to the Dunstan Arm Rowing Club near Clyde.

Sections of the track at Pisa Moorings have been open for some time, with this section at Smiths Way the latest addition. It is expected that the trail will be finished and prepared all the way to Cornish Point, opposite Cromwell Heritage precinct by the end of next month.

“This will give Cromwell & Districts residents and visitors approximately 36kms of trail to walk and ride on for the rest of this year,” said Project Manager Janeen Wood. 

“The rest of the trail goes down beside the lake to Clyde, on the opposite side of the lake to the road. There are some major structures currently being built – bluff bridges bolted onto rock faces and a suspension bridge.”

The trail is still on track after Covid lockdown to open late next summer, with an official opening planned for January 2021.

Once completed, the trail will form part of 536km of new trails connecting Cromwell to other Central Otago, Queenstown and Wānaka trails. These projects have over $26 million of committed funding from Central Lakes Trust, Otago Community Trust and Central Government.

Read edition 978 of the Wānaka Sun here.

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