Bike trail to link Hawea Flat, Wanaka

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When the temptation strikes to get on your bike, a new trail will make it even easier to ride in style.

The Upper Clutha Tracks Trust has signed an agreement with Devon Dairy Farms to allow access across their land, enabling construction of a track that will link Hawea Flat to the Hawea River Track.

Trust chairman John Hare said the track would be about 1.5km, starting by Newcastle Rd, crossing the farm and then joining the Hawea River Track about 2km downstream from Camphill Bridge.

Having this track would mean cyclists could commute all the way from Hawea Flat to Wanaka, he said.
‘‘So if you are a commuter and you have an e-bike, or if you are fairly energetic and you have got a regular bike you’ll be able to ride to Wanaka without having to backtrack up to Hawea.’’

Devon Dairy Farms managing director Erynne Fildes said they were very happy to enable this missing link in the network.

‘‘We are honoured and proud to enable the long-awaited joining of the Hawea Flat community through our land to the existing Hawea River Track, thus making the experience greater for the wider community.
‘‘Enabling a community experience like this is personally rewarding,’’ Ms Fildes said.

Construction was expected to be about $233,000 and the trust had secured funds from the Central Lakes Trust, Queenstown Lakes District Council and the Otago Community Trust.
Construction was anticipated to begin next spring.

Mr Hare said the trust was confident it was a worthwhile investment and the new track would be used regularly for recreation and commuting.
‘‘We are very grateful for the funding we have received towards the completion of this project. We will certainly be celebrating with an official track opening,’’ Mr Hare said.