Riverrun Series

October 11th, 2010

The Riverrun Trail Series is an off-road running series designed to showcase the spectacular lakeside and river tracks in Lake Wanaka.

The first event is on the 17 October, on the Hawea River Track  and offers a 5km, 10 km and half marathon option.

The Riverrun Trail Series will allow competitors to explore three of the region’s recently developed tracks – the Hawea River Track, the Upper Clutha River Track and the Glendhu Bay Track. The tracks are all lakeside or riverside and all are challenging in their own respects and will provide a memorable experience for athletes, from first timers to experienced runners.

The Riverrun Trail Series begins October 2010 and concludes in May 2011 with three races making up the series. There are prizes for place getters and plenty of spot prizes to ensure everyone’s in with a chance of winning.

Enter one or enter the whole Series – the overall winner of the Series will earn  the John Pawson Trophy, named after local John Pawson who was  the first chair of the Upper Clutha Tracks Trust and a driving force behind the creation of the tracks.

More information about the Riverrun Series can be found at www.trailseries.co.nz


Upper Clutha River Track Improvements

August 20th, 2010

Improving the Upper Clutha River Track

 

Work is currently underway to improve the surface of sections of the Upper Clutha River Track.

John Sutton, who constructed the track for the Trust has been onsite repairing and improving some problem areas as part of the original construction contract.

He has also been making some minor improvements identified by the Department of Conservation and funded by the Trust, mostly in respect of water tables to improve the drainage of the track.

The Department of Conservation who have taken over management of the track have also been busy gravelling some of the more muddy sections as seen above.


Upper Clutha River Track – Mud & Maintenance

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!

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

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

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

October 12th, 2009

Upper Clutha Tracks Trust

Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 14th October

5pm

St Johns Hall

Link Way Wanaka

All Welcome


Wanaka Millennium Track News September 09

September 11th, 2009

Millennium Track Update 11 September 2009

Wanaka Millennium Track near Glendhu Bay

Wanaka Millennium Track near Glendhu Bay

Work is progressing well on stage 3 of the Millennium Track from Damper Bay to Glendhu Bay. This is an Upper Clutha Tracks Trust project that is being funded and managed by Queenstown Lakes District Council with assistance from the Department of Conservation, and support of the adjoining landowners. This is another link in the Te Araroa long distance footpath.

Stage 3 runs from the small beach near the Mt Aspiring viewpoint on the road close to Glendu Bay,  and a new car park has been built at the start of the track.

A stile on the new part of the track

A stile on the new part of the track

This part of the track is virtually finished and is able to be used with care. The track is not yet a through route and finishes at Damper Bay from which you have to return the same way. The return walk takes about 3 hours. Part of the track crosses the Damper Bay Bluff and is quite high and exposed.

Safety Rail on an exposed part of the Wanaka Millennium Track

Safety Rail on an exposed part of the Wanaka Millennium Track

Stage 2 of the Wanaka Millennium Track will run from the current end of the track at Ironside Trig and join up with Stage 3 at Damper Bay. This section is being developed by Otago Regional Council and the contractors Fulton Hogan are currently building the track. It is expected to be opened before Christmas.

View of the route of stage 2 from Ironside Trig to Damper Bay

View of the route of stage 2 from Ironside Trig to Damper Bay

Stage 1 of the track is currently being upgraded and maintained on behalf of QLDC by contractor John Sutton. If you see him and his colleagues on the track, say hello and tell them what a good job they are doing removing the boggy sections. The track is also being re-routed near Slaughter Creek at the junction with the link track that connects to Mt Aspiring Rd and on to the Mt Roy track. The new route will improve the gradient and provide a better track surface.

The Wanaka Millennium Track Story

Stage 1 of the track from waterfall creek to Ironside Trig was originally developed by Ralph Warburton and was known as the Warburton Walkway. It was later upgraded and renamed the Wanaka Millennium Track by the Otago Regional Council.

The intention was to eventually extend the track to Glendhu Bay and Otago Regional Council commissioned a scoping report to detail the route and costs of the project. The idea was to split the remaining route into 2 parts with  stage 2 being from Ironside Trig to Damper Bay, and stage 3 being from Damper Bay to Glendhu Bay near the Mt Aspiring viewpoint, on the road to glendhu Bay.

Damper Bay Bluff looking north

Damper Bay Bluff looking north

The Upper Clutha Tracks Trust was formed in October 2006 and one of the early projects considered was the Millennium Track extension. We  soon became aware that Otago Regional Council had set aside funds to build stage 2 to Damper Bay, and we were hopeful that the project would be started soon.

In May 2007 the Trust placed an ad in the Upper Clutha Messenger urging Upper Clutha Residents to make a submission on the Otago Regional Council  Annual Plan in support of allocating funding to build stage 3 of the track from Damper Bay to Glendhu Bay.

The ad produced a great result and more than 150 submissions were sent in support of funding for stage 3 but sadly Otago Regional Council  were not prepared to allocate the required funds although they did assure us that work would commence on stage 2 in the near future.

Near Glendhu Bay

Near Glendhu Bay

At the time the Trust was mainly focused on the Hawea River Track, but with the assistance of DOC and Trish Wrigley and  Mark Symons, the Queenstown Lakes District Council Project Managers, the Trust and QLDC started planning how we could build stage 3 of the track.

In 2008, QLDC commited funds to the project and a route was marked and construction of the difficult section around the bluffs at Damper Bay was started in the summer. Unfortunately the contractor, John Sutton, was committed to other projects, and once the bluff section was completed,  had to leave the site to meet prior commitments.

Happily John and team have been back on site for the last few months and stage 3 of the track is virtually complete and can be used although it is still a dead end track.

Work has just commenced on stage 2 and this should be finished before Christmas. It will ten be possible to walk and cycle nearly all the way from Wanaka to Glendhu Bay.

The Trust is currently looking at the short and final section from the new car park to the Glendhu Bay camp ground and hope that this can be developed early next year.


Hawea River Track Official Opening 2nd August 09

August 14th, 2009

UCTT Trustees at the track opening

UCTT Trustees at the track opening - photo John Taylor

The Hawea River Track had its official opening ceremony on Sunday 2nd August. Although there was heavy rain in the morning, it cleared in time for the opening at 1pm and the Trust was very pleased that about 150 people came to join us in the celebrations.

Tim Dennis, the Trust chairman, paid tribute to John Pawson, the Trusts original chairman who sadly was killed in a climbing accident last November. It was John who persuaded the Trust to take on the challenge of the Hawea River Track as its first major project and although he didn’t see it opened, it was very close to completion at the time of the accident.

Hawea River Track Sign At Lake Hawea

Hawea River Track Sign At Lake Hawea

Mike Pullar of the Te Araroa – The Long Pathway Trust – spoke about the Te Araroa track running from Bluff to Cape Reinga and that the Hawea River Track was one of the “missing links” in Otago that has now been completed. He also said that when the Millennium Track is finished between Wanaka and Glendhu Bay, it will be possible to walk from Lake Hawea to Queenstown  in about 6 to 8 days. It will also be a beautiful cycle ride from Lake Hawea to Glendhu Bay.
View Hawea River Track in a larger map

Queenstown Lakes District Mayor Clive Geddes in his speech stated that the the opening of the track was a “pretty clear statement to us all that they (UCTT) are going to deliver on the strategy they have put together”.

Meg Taylor, John Pawson’s widow, also gave a short speech before cutting a ribbon and declaring the track officially open.

Rush Hour at the Hawea River Track Bridge Opening

Rush Hour at the Hawea River Track Bridge Opening

The track was made possible by funding from

Central Lakes Trust

Otago Community Trust

Department Of Conservation Te Araroa Funds

New Zealand Transport Authority

Queenstown Lakes District Council

And with the support of

Te Araroa Trust

Contact Energy Ltd

Peter & Dawn Ward

Forest Range Ltd

Lakes Environmental Services Ltd


Tracks Trust News July 2009

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.