The Lake Dunstan cycle and walking trail’s landmark suspension bridge has been christened Hugo.
The 85.5m-long bridge in the middle of the trail was officially named the Hugo Bridge on Saturday and is named after Irish philanthropist and businessman the late Hugh Green, known in Ireland as Hugo.
His eldest daughter Maryanne Green founded the Hugo Charitable Trust, also known as Hugo, in May 2017 to continue Mr Green’s philanthropic legacy and to give back to the people of New Zealand.
Ms Green worked closely with her father for 25 years and developed a deep understanding of his philanthropic priorities and wishes.
Since 2017 the trust has given $12million to charitable causes around New Zealand from its head office in Arrowtown.
That philanthropy included the Central Otago Queenstown Trail Network Trust, by paying for the bridge.
She was a cycle trail enthusiast herself, Ms Green said, and trust members, having watched the progress of the trail, “couldn’t think of a better way to contribute to this project”.
Signs were created and installed in record time on Friday by local company Shotover Engineering.
Trustees were in town for a board meeting, so the timing was right to get them on site to cut the green ribbon and pay tribute to her father.
On Saturday that happened when trustees were flown to the site in two Queenstown-based Over the Top helicopters.
Hugo chairman Mark Owens said the trust’s namesake would be impressed.
“Being in civil engineering, Hugh would have admired the engineering feat but wouldn’t have thought much of grazing in the area
The bridge, constructed by Abseil Access in 2020, is located near the 23km mark on soon-to-be-opened 41km-long trail, which runs from the Cromwell heritage precinct to the Clyde heritage precinct, connecting to the Otago Central Rail Trail.