2022 has been another big year for the Queenstown Trails, big thanks to those of you who came to our recent AGM to get involved and learn more about our current projects and expansion plans. For those who couldn't make it, check out our 2021/22 Annual Report HERE.
To summarise a few successes:
- 2022 saw the 10 year anniversary of the Queenstown Trail
- In October we launched a brand update for Queenstown Trails. The fresh, modern look reflects the multipurpose use of the trails, the evolution and growth of the Queenstown Trail network and the forging of new pathways into the future of Queenstown.
- We've made great progress on the Arrowtown to Arthurs Point and Arthurs Point to Tucker Beach Trail Projects, with construction tenders for Stage 1 set to be awarded before Christmas. These trails will complete the circuit of the Whakatipu Basin through some spectacular terrain, including the Shotover Tunnel and a new suspension bridge at Tucker Beach.
- Our partnership with Soho Properties and QEII saw the opening of the Coronet Loop Trail in March, which has been a fantastic addition to the Queenstown Trail Network, linking awesome backcountry terrain to the wider network.
- More integration with the QMTBC network on Coronet peak saw Queenstown Trails deliver Hot Rod Trail and upgrades to the Bush Creek Trail, creating accessible front-country trails which fill the gap in Queenstown's current offering. We're currently working on a new upper section of Hot Rod which we hope to open before Christmas.
- As well as new trails, maintenance and upgrading of the core QT network has seen major works completed on the Twin Rivers, Kelvin Peninsula Trail and Gibbston River Trails, as well as repairs to Bush Creek and the Coronet Face Water Race Trails.
- Queenstown Trails is proud to facilitate access for and to support the conservation initiatives around the region. Projects include involvement with Trees that Count, Te Tapu o Tane and the Whakatipu Reforestation Trust Coronet Faces Project, as well as working with Southern Lakes Sanctuary on a plan to establish trail and trapping networks to target predator species.
If you enjoy our trails and would like to help us build more, please show your support by becoming a Friend of the Queenstown Trails Trust today. All donations go back into making Queenstown's trails even greater.