Hidden Creek cleared and cycle track created

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A creek that has been hidden for many years is emerging from the undergrowth near Albert Town and will become part of the Great Rides track connecting Wanaka and Cromwell.

Upper Clutha Tracks Trust chairman John Hare said Cameron Creek emerged near the highway not far from the turnoff to Hawea.

“It bubbles up out of the ground at the head of a spring creek, which then flows down for a kilometre or so and into Cardrona River.”

But it was not a creek that could be seen as it was “totally overgrown” and infested with willow, Mr Hare said.

So the trust decided they would attempt to open it up and put a track alongside the creek so people could get access to it.

With the help of local businessman Graham Lee, work began four months ago clearing about a one and a half kilometre track alongside the creek.

The new track began near Pawson’s Crossing – a bridge across the Cardrona River, and ended by “Hook” – Mr Lee’s new multi-million dollar salmon fishing and restaurant venture.

Part of the creek was on public land and part was across Mr Lee’s property, but he had granted an easement allowing the public to enjoy the track alongside the spring creek.

The first 400m began alongside the Cardrona River and then it branched off to run alongside Cameron Creek.

In collaboration with Sustainable Coastlines, the trust was having a native planting day on September 14, before an official opening later in the day.

“We’ve undertaken the planting project because we thought it was such a nice picturesque spot that it would be good to put in some of the original habitat”.

Eventually the track would become part of the Great Rides track that enabled people to cycle all the way from Cromwell to Wanaka, Mr Hare said.