May News


Trail Lovers Campaign Wrap Up

You trail lovers proved that you love a challenge, thank you for accepting the challenge and making your love official during April. 

With your help the Queenstown Trails raised an outstanding $50,000, money that will go towards the Arthurs Point to Arrowtown Trail development.  Thank you to everyone that donated.

Big thanks also to our generous Official Partners for their contributions and offers during April, and a special mention to our two outstanding and avid trail users for laying down the gauntlet to match each of their $7000 contributions - this challenge super-charged the Trail Lover annual appeal, and helped us to reach our audacious fundraising goal for for the month.  Thank you!

It's never too late to become a Trail Lover as our donation platform runs year-round.  Please feel free to spread the love and share this link with your Trail Loving mates.


Welcome Rosie Hill

Queenstown Trails is delighted to welcome Rosie Hill to the Board of Trustees.  Rosie is a lawyer based in the Whakatipu Basin, regularly advising clients on environmental, conservation and resource management  related matters.  As a mother of young children and a sporting enthusiast, Rosie is particularly interested in enhancing the range of trail user experiences and connecting communities along the network.


Construction Progress on the Arthurs Point - Arrowtown Trail 

The Wharehuanui (Arthurs Point to Arrowtown) Trail has been fill steam ahead since the start of February and has made great progress.

The Trail heading west from Coronet Peak Station Road looks fantastic as it snakes its way along the foot of Coronet Peak – it won’t be long until it pops out at the foot of the new Carry On MTB trail and then onwards to Malaghans Road.

Working in the other direction, the tunnel bypass route from Littles Road is established high in the valley, with some amazing views back down Gorge Road

The M3 construction team will be focusing on joining these two sections together during the winter months, as well as building retaining walls and establishing a twin-span bridge at Station Creek.

Downstream, along Mill Creek, the crew from Mana Tahuna have done a fantastic job of clearing Willow and replanting with natives, ready for the trail to be established as it reaches Millbrook.

We can't wait for this trail to open next year, keep tuned in to our Facebook and Instagram pages for regular updates.


Southern Lakes Sanctuary

Queenstown Trails is proud to facilitate the work of the Southern Lakes Sanctuary - the 660,00- hectare conservation project that spans the Wanaka and Whakatipu region.  

Southern Lakes Sanctuary is working towards the ambitious goal of ridding New Zealand of introduced predators that threaten native species and  primary industries in alignment with the  Predator Free 2050 initiative.

Southern Lakes Sanctuary aims to support threatened species such as the Kea, Rock Wren and Orange Spotted Gecko.

The Queenstown Trails Network provides vital access throughout the Whakatipu Basin and into the back country for predator trapping.  The Southern Lakes Sanctuary recently utilised the Coronet Peak Loop and Coronet Water Race trails for their predator monitoring work.


Major Donor: Pak'nSave Queenstown

 We are very fortunate to have Pak'nSave Queenstown as a loyal Major Supporter of the Queenstown Trails.  We are grateful to have the support of a locally owned business who are passionate about supporting the local trails and who actively promote wellbeing to staff and community.  

At PAK’nSAVE Queenstown we’re passionate about positively impacting our customers’ lives every day and supporting our communities to succeed.  We’re therefore excited and proud to continue to provide financial support to the Queenstown Trails Trust to assist with trail maintenance and future development ensuring this amazing asset is available to us all for recreational enjoyment, fitness and wellbeing pursuits and as an active commuter solution for all who chose to use the trail network.” 

 –Michelle & Anthony King, PAK'nSAVE Queenstown


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