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A summer luge track is under construction in the Naseby winter park.

It will run parallel to the 360 metre-long ice luge track which ends at the Maniototo Ice Rink.

Construction was about a third of the way through, Naseby Summer Luge Trust member Eric Swinbourn said.

The retired mechanic’s engineering skills were being used to put the track elements together.

The actual luge originally came from Coronet Peak in Queenstown, and was purchased and donated to the Naseby community, and cost about $100,000.

“They [the donors] subsequently got another 20 carts from Melbourne and had those shipped over here. So, their contribution was considerable.

“We raised over $80,000 so we could do something with all that equipment because it was just sections of stainless steel, so we had to form a luge track and form the ground work and that’s what we’re in the process of doing now.”

The whole project would cost about $200,000 when complete.

“If you were to try and buy all the material new from Wiegand in Germany, the company that manufacture it, you’d be looking at a couple of million probably.”

Work began a year ago and stopped over the wetter winter months but was due to restart in September. The luge was expected to be finished and operating by the end of the year.

It was estimated that a trip down the luge would take about 30 seconds and would not require any great steering skill.

As well as increasing its low-flying capabilities, Naseby is also improving its high-flying abilities.

Central Otago District Council is in the process of getting public feedback about building a flying fox in the Naseby Domain.

The council parks team has budgeted to make this happen in the summer, but it could mean removing a teepee-shaped climbing frame so that the flying fox could finish there. This would make the course about 33m long as opposed to 25m in length if the teepee remained.

High flyer… A timber tepee may have to be removed to make way for
a 33 metre-long flying fox at Naseby Domain. PHOTO: MARY-JO TOHILL

Council staff said the mechanism had been tested as being the quietest on the market and was unlikely to cause noise issues.

The feedback period finishes on Sunday.