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New southern tracks underway

Walkers on the Coronet Loop will be treated to views like this. Photo: Russel Street/Creative Commons

Several new trails are under construction in the South Island. Here’s a snapshot of three of the projects.

The Lake 2 Lake Trail

A new track linking Lake Te Anau with Lake Manapouri is one step closer after construction started on one of the final sections of trail.

So far 19km of the 28km trail has been completed and the new 4.7km section from Manapouri township to  Supply Bay Road is expected to open in June. But, before the trail is completed, a 4km section through Fiordland National Park will need to be approved through the park management plan.

The project is managed by the Fiordland Trails Trust and funded by donations.


The Coronet Loop

The first stage of a new 50km track that circumnavigates Coronet Peak is set to open this month.

The Coronet Loop mountain bike and walking track starts at Arrowtown, crosses the face of Coronet Peak to join the Green Gate, Deep Creek and Eight Mile valleys and loops back to Arrowtown via the Arrow River.

The first stage involved building a 6km trail, following an old water-race crossing the southern face of Coronet Peak, linking the existing Bush Creek Track through to Coronet Peak Road. The entire loop is expected to be completed by the end of next summer and will include a new alpine hut.


The Great Taste Trail

A 176km walking and cycle trail in Nelson is set to be completed by 2020 following a $2.4 million grant from the government’s New Zealand Cycle Trail Enhancement and Extension Fund. The two-to-four day Great Taste Trail starts in Nelson and heads around the Waimea Estuary to Rabbit Island and Mapua, to wineries at Motueka and on to Kaiteriteri, then up the Motueka Valley to Woodstock and back to Nelson via the Motueka River.

Currently, 120km has been completed. The funding will create off-road tracks for the remaining section, from Kohatu to Riwaka.