CLUTHA RIVER TRAIL
You may already know that the Clutha Mata-Au River Parkway Group is developing a river-length track ~ the Clutha River Trail. We are working with a number of community groups along the Clutha River to develop this trail. These groups are linked together through their membership in the Parkway Group.
FIRST SECTION WELL ADVANCED
The first stage from Albert Town to Luggate is already well advanced. This work has been a co-operative effort between the Upper Clutha Tracks Trust, DoC, the QLDC, the Clutha Fisheries Trust, and the Clutha River Parkway Group. Part of this trail section is now ready for the public. It can be accessed via Stevenson's Rd., near the Wanaka Airport, and follows the true right riverbank downriver to a fenced accessway that comes out onto Shortcut Rd, Luggate. Along the way there is an excellent public picnic area at Fantail Creek.
LUGGATE TO THE MAORI GORGE ...
The Parkway Group is currently focusing on the second contigious section of the Clutha River Trail from Luggate to Lake Dunstan, with construction initially to the Maori Gorge at Queensberry.
The importance of this next section becomes very apparent when considered in the context of the growing trail network. The Te Araroa NZ Walkway follows the Hawea River on its journey south, meeting the Clutha River Trail at Albert Town. The trail downriver along the Clutha River will link the Te Araroa NZ Walkway with Central Otago. The Clutha River Trail will eventually provide ongoing links to the Central Otago Rail Trail, and to the Roxburgh Lawrence Trail. Therefore, the trail along the Clutha River will become a vital route in an impressive network.
A number of funding applications are currently being processed, and it is hoped that construction of this sectoin will commence in 2008. DoC will oversee trail construction work to ensure that their required standards are met.
COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION ...
The Clutha River Trail will become Otago’s longest single trail, providing significant economic and recreational benefits to the river communities and the region. It will also facilitate practical community involvement in river corridor improvement and management, through native restoration projects (including schools), gold-rush heritage site restoration and tourism development.
We are looking for more community groups to participate in this exciting project, especially in the Tarras, Tuapeka Mouth and Balclutha areas. If you are interested in getting together with a few people in your area to improve your section of the Clutha Mata-Au River, please contact us.