In keeping with the Scottish origin of its name, Bannockburn now has both a high road and a low road – at least for bicycles.
The high road runs alongside Bannockburn Rd and the low road alongside Lake Dunstan.
Both connect Bannockburn and Cromwell.
In May, 2016, then prime minister John Key launched the $26.3million New Zealand Cycle Trail Project between the two towns.
About 18 months later, in late 2017, the Central Otago District Council went ahead with its Bannockburn Rd link at a cost of $100,000, with 51% paid for by the New Zealand Transport Agency.
The two cycleways are just a few hundred metres apart.
Janeen Wood, spokeswoman for the Central Otago Queenstown Trails Network Trust, responsible for the John Key project, lives between the tracks.
Her front door is a stone’s throw from the council track and her back door is a few steps from the trail her group has not long completed.
CODC acting executive manager infrastructure services Patrick Keenan explained last week the council’s track was an upgrade of an existing informal track next to Bannockburn Rd and was designed to “provide improved and safer cycling and walking access between Bannockburn and Cromwell”.
“There was very much a local use and commuter aspect to this.”
The John Key track was provided with tourists in mind.
But now, tourists and commuters cycling between the two towns have two choices.