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Upper Clutha River Track – Mud & Maintenance

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

The Trust is aware that parts of the new Upper Clutha River Track are currently very muddy and slippery. The track is still in its settling in period and will be reviewed after the winter.

The track has been constructed to a similar standard to the Outlet track between Wanaka and Albert Town. The Trust has taken the decision that it is better to initially build 10km of track that can be used 90% of the time than to build 2km that can be used 100% of the time. The track will t be allowed to settle in and then be reviewed to see what sections may require additional work such as gravelling.

The track is now being managed by the Department of Conservation in Wanaka who are monitoring its condition and will liaise with the Trust in the spring regarding any improvements that are required.

In the meantime – please continue to use the track but be aware that there will be some muddy parts and you may need to walk your bike in those sections.


Upper Clutha River Track Open!

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Track Opening 27th March 2010

Enjoying the new track near Haliday Bluff

The Upper Clutha River Track was officially opened on Saturday 27th March at Pawson’s Crossing, the new bridge over the Cardrona River near Albert Town.
The track follows the mighty Clutha River from Albert Town to Short Cut Road near Luggate, and provides great views of the river and surrounding mountains, and good access for fishermen.
The track is a combined walking and cyclying track built to a lower standand than the nearby Hawea River Track, and providing a slightly more challenging ride.
The track starts at a new car park located off Kennibeg St in Albert Town, and leads a short distance upstream to Pawsons Crossing – a new bridge over the Cardrona River, before heading back down the Cardrona River to Haliday Bluff.
There is a link track that continues up the true right of the Cardrona River and then connecting to Haliday Road.
The track climb to cross the face of Haliday Bluff and this section provides great views but requires care especially for cyclists, before dropping back towards the river edge.
After about 40 minutes walking you reach Stevensons Road which provides vehicle access to and from SH6 near Wanaka Airport.
The track continues downstream along a river terrace passing the remains of a historic miners cottage as it descends to poplar Beach.
The track continues on

Clutha River Track News – December 09

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Work To Start Soon At Haliday Bluff

Hard track construction work ahead at Halliday Bluff Albert Town

Hard track construction work ahead at Halliday Bluff Albert Town

The Trust is pleased to anounce that the tender to construct the challenging section of the Clutha River Track below Haliday Bluff has been let to JW & AE Sutton Trading Trust with work expected to start early in the new year.

John Sutton has recently completed the new section of the Glendhu Bay Track from the Mt Aspiring Viewpoint and new car park to Damper Bay and has also done the track improvement work on the Wanaka Millennium Track. If you have walked or cycled along these tracks you will know the care and attention that he puts into his work and the Trust is confident he will make a great job of the Clutha River Track.


Clutha River Track News October 09

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Cardrona River Bridge & Clutha River Track

The Cardrona River bridge at Albert Town was placed over the river on Wednesday 7th October. The bridge forms a vital part of the Clutha River Track running from Albert Town to near the Red Bridge in Luggate, and has been under construction for the last month. The track will form part of the Clutha Mata-Au River Parkway project which will eventually create a track along the Clutha River from Lake Wanaka to the Sea.

A crane lowers the Cardrona Bridge onto its foundations.

A crane lowers the Cardrona Bridge onto its foundations.

 

The Clutha River Track was planned at the same time as the Hawea River Track, but the Trust focused on completing the Hawea River Track before starting construction on the Clutha River Track.

The construction of the bridge has been greatly assisted by a very generous donation of $25,000 from Meg Taylor, owner of the nearby Riverrun luxury lodge and farm. Meg is the widow of John Pawson, the first chair of the Trust who died last November in a tragic climbing accident, and the bridge will be named in his memory.

Meg Taylor giving Trust Chair Tim Dennis her donation at the Cardrona River Bridge site.

Meg Taylor giving Trust Chair Tim Dennis her donation at the Cardrona River Bridge site.

The Track will follow the true right of the Clutha River from Albert Town and this section will finish on Short Cut Road near the Red Bridge, where the Department of Conservation has built a carpark. Two sections of the track have already been marked and opened by the Department of Conservation at a simple marked route standard.

Stevensons Road Access to Clutha River Track

Stevensons Road Access to Clutha River Track

The first of these is the section between the end of  Stevensons Road, just west of Wanaka Airport, to near the west end of Short Cut Road near Luggate.

Access to Rekos Point and Clutha River Track at Short Cut Rd Luggate

Access to Rekos Point and Clutha River Track at Short Cut Rd Luggate

This section was assisted by an adjoining landowner Lloyd Ferguson who formed a long section of the track, and by the Clutha Fisheries Trust who had raised funds to mark and fence paper road access to the Clutha River which forms part of this track.

Clutha River Track looking upstream between Rekos Point and Stevensons Road

Clutha River Track looking upstream between Rekos Point and Stevensons Road

The other section already opened is a continuation of the track round Rekos Point and back to the Short Cut Road access point.

Heading Upstream on the Rekos Point part of the Clutha River Track

Heading Upstream on the Rekos Point part of the Clutha River Track

The Trust hope to be able to upgrade these sections of track to make them easier to cycle once the miussing sections of the track have been completed.

The missing sections are between Albert Town and Stevensons Road, and are through the Haliday Bluffs just downstream from Albert Town. This section is the most challenging section of the track to build and it is currently being tendered,

Hard track construction work ahead at Halliday Bluff Albert Town

Hard track construction work ahead at Halliday Bluff Albert Town

The other missing section is from the Rekos Point track to the new carpark on Short Cut Rd near the Red Bridge  and Luggate.

Route of missing link from Rekos Point Track towards the red Bridge at Luggate

Route of missing link from Rekos Point Track towards the red Bridge at Luggate

The Trust is also working on extending the Clutha River Track on to the Devils Nook, and up Luggate Creek to the Luggate Township.


Annual General Meeting 14th October 2009

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Upper Clutha Tracks Trust

Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 14th October

5pm

St Johns Hall

Link Way Wanaka

All Welcome


Tracks Trust News July 2009

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Hawea River Track – Official Opening – Sunday 2nd August

Hawea Bridge From Butterfield Reserve 9th July

Hawea Bridge From Butterfield Reserve 9th July

The Upper Clutha Tracks Trust

is thrilled to announce the official opening of

The Hawea River Track

a fantastic project only made possible through the generous help and support of

Central Lakes Trust, Otago Community Trust, Queenstown Lakes District Council,

Department of Conservation, Te Araroa Trust, NZTA, Lakes Environment Services Ltd

Peter & Dawn Ward, Forest Range Farms Ltd and many others,

so

please come and join us

to celebrate this already highly popular addition to our track network

1pm Sunday 2 August 2009

at the new Hawea River swingbridge

Vehicle access from the eastern side of the Albert Town bridge

Come prepared to walk or ride some of the track as a community celebration

Hawea River Track

Work continues on the Hawea Bridge as contractors Fulton Hogan prepare it for the official opening celebration on Sunday 2nd August. The bridge underwent  a “load test” on Thursday 9th July which is a crucial stage in preparing it for public use.  One of the ways the bridge was tested was by placing a large “balloon” on the centre of the bridge and pumping it full of river water – approximately 3 tonnes!

Hawea Bridge undergoing a Load Test 9th July 2009

Hawea Bridge undergoing a Load Test 9th July 2009

The bridge passed with flying colours and there are only a few finishing touches required.  These works should be completed by the end of next week (17th July).

The Trust hope that there will a good community turnout for the official opening to help us celebrate the completion of of our 1st major project.

The Hawea River Track was one of the “missing links” in the Te Araroa long distance track that will run from Cape Reinga To Bluff.  The Te Araroa Track is scheduled to open in 2010 and the Tracks Trust is very proud to be associated with the project and to be able to complete the missing link.

Millennium Track

The Millennium Track is being extended from Ironside Trig to Glendhu Bay in 2 stages.

Stage 2

This is the section from Ironside Trig to Damper Bay and is being funded and managed by Otago Regional Council. The tender for this work was advertised a few months ago, and the Trust has been advised that subject to some further information being received, Otago Regional Council hope to let the contract in the next couple of weeks. It is anticipated that this section will be finished in early summer.

Stage 3

This is the section between Damper Bay and Glendhu Bay, and is being funded and managed by QLDC with assistance and support from the Tracks Trust and Department of Conservation. From a construction point of view, the hardest part of this track around the Bluffs at Damper Bay has already been completed and the rest of the track is currently under construction. It is hoped that this will be finished by early summer.

Track Under Construction At Damper Bay Bluffs

Track Under Construction At Damper Bay Bluffs

These two stages are also “missing links”  in the Te Araroa Project, and again the Tracks Trust is proud to be able to be a part of the national project.

Albert Town to Luggate Track

This will run from Albert Town to Luggate on the true right of the Clutha River and cross the Cardrona River on a new bridge a few hundred metres upstream from the confluence of the Cardrona and Clutha Rivers.  The bridge plans are completed and all the resource consents are in place. The project is being managed on behalf of the Tracks Trust by the Department of Conservation, and the tender to construct the bridge should be advertised later this month.

The challenging part of the track to build is just downstream from Albert Town at the Haliday Bluffs, but a track line has been identified through this terrain and continues close to the river until an easier route is available on the river terrace upstream from Stevenson’s Rd.

Hard track construction work ahead at Haliday Bluff Albert Town

Hard track construction work ahead at Haliday Bluff Albert Town

The route from Stevensons Road to Short Cut Rd was marked with warratahs and signposted by DOC about 18 months ago and passes the Reko’s Point historic gold workings.  This section will be upgraded later as part of the project.

Track from Stevensons Rd To Reko's Point

Track from Stevensons Rd To Reko's Point

Carparks at Albert Town and near the Red Bridge have already been created for the track.

New carpark at Albert Town

New car park at Albert Town

New car park Shortcut Rd Luggate

New car park Shortcut Rd Luggate

Clutha River near Shortcut Rd

Clutha River near Shortcut Rd

NEW TRACK IDEAS

The Trust is always looking for suggestions for new tracks from the public. If you have any ideas or suggestions please contact Tim Dennis on

Upper Clutha Tracks Trust

03 443 5733 (evenings only)

PO Box 713, Wanaka

tim@southernlandckl.co.nz

Support Us

We are a Registered Charitable Trust (1898188) and are registered with the new Charities Commission (CC38956).  We welcome financial donations or donations of skills and services to assist us develop new walking and cycling tracks.


Tracks Trust News June 2009

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

The Trust has been busy for the last 3 years working on several projects.

Working together with QLDC, DOC, Te Araroa Trust, Clutha Mata-Au River Parkway Group, adjoining landowners and with additional funding from Central Lakes Trust, Otago Community Trust and NZTA, and the Wanaka Walkers the Trust has achieved the following

Albert Town to Lake Hawea Track (part of the Te Araroa long distance Track)

Heading towards Lake Hawea

Heading towards Lake Hawea

The first part of this track south from the bridge at Camphill Rd to the bridge site near Albert Town has been completed and opened. Although this is currently a dead end track, it is a very popular walk/cycle ride already.

The rest of the track from Lake Hawea to Camphill road has been completed and the bridge over the Hawea River at Albert Town is expected to be finished by the end of July.

Hawea bridge under construction 23rd June 2009

Hawea bridge under construction 23rd June 2009

An official opening of the track is being organised and details will be posted shortly.

Albert Town to Luggate Track (part of the Clutha Mata-Au long distance track)

The first part of this track from Stevensons Rd to Short Cut Rd near the Red Bridge, has been opened as a simple poled track. This is also gives access to the old mine workings at Reko’s Point.

A bridge design to cross the Cardrona River has been prepared and will be put out to tender shortly.

Planning and track line ideas for the Haliday Bluff section have been investigated and work is expected to commence on the remaining section in the next few months.

Millennium Track (part of the Te Araroa long distance Track)

Millennium track extension under construction near Glendhu Bay

Millennium track extension under construction near Glendhu Bay

Work has started on the final stage of the track from Damper Bay to Glendhu Bay and this section should be completed by late winter. The link between Ironside Trig and Damper Bay has been committed to by Otago Regional Council, and the Trust is encouraging them to get this section completed as soon as possible.  A tender for the works has been advertised and bids received.

Millennium track extension under construction near Damper Bay

Millennium track extension under construction near Damper Bay

You can support this project by lobbying your ORC Councillors to finish the track.

Duncan Butcher  dunmore7@xtra.co.nz

Gerrard Eckhoff   mtbenger@nettel.net.nz

Millennium/Mt Roy Link

This short track links the Millennium Track to Mt Aspiring Rd approx 300m from the start of the Mt Roy Track. This means that it is possible to walk from the centre of Wanaka to The top of Mt Roy and only have to use a road for 300m. It also allows easier access to the lakeshore between Waterfall Creek and Glendhu Bay

Albert Town to Dublin Bay

A route along the true left of the Clutha River from the Albert Town Campground to Dublin Bay has been marked and signposted, using existing 4 wheel drive tracks. The Trust is investigating the idea of a new purpose built track that will run closer to the river

NEW TRACK IDEAS

The Trust is always looking for suggestions for new tracks from the public. If you have any ideas or suggestions please contact Tim Dennis on

Upper Clutha Tracks Trust

03 443 5733 (evenings only)

PO Box 713, Wanaka

tim@southernlandckl.co.nz

Support Us

We are a Registered Charitable Trust (1898188) and are registered with the new Charities Commission (CC38956).  We welcome financial donations or donations of skills and services to assist us develop new walking and cycling tracks.