Ride The Ramp

UCTT Hawea Swing Bridge Accessibility Ramp – Opening Sun 27th Jan 10AM

Ride The Ramp – Sunday 27th January 2019 

To celebrate the offical opening of the new accessibility ramp adjoining the Hawea River Swing Bridge, the Upper Clutha Tracks Trust invite one and all to come and ride (stroll, push or walk) the ramp on Sunday 27th January.

Groups will depart the following locations at the times listed below. If you are wanting to walk or run, we suggest leaving a little earlier.


Hawea Hotel – meet @ 8.45am for 9am departure

Camphill Bridge – meet 9.15am for 9.30am departure

Wanaka Log Cabin – meet 8.45am for 9am departure via the lakefront and outlet tracks

Albert Town shops – meet 9.15am for 9.30am departure

Official Opening of the Ramp

An official opening of the new ramp will happen at 10AM with Queenstown Lakes District Council Deputy Mayor Calum MacLeod officiating with ribbon cutting duties.

Easy vehicle access for those travelling by car is via the Albert Town Hawea River Campground access road off SH6.

We encourage everyone to continue on to Albert Town for coffee afterwards (because a ride/run/walk/stroll is always better with coffee and Albert Town is home to some of the finest caffeinated drops in the district, all conveniently situated beside our local tracks).

About the Ramp


Construction was completed in early December for the 2018/19 summer holiday season that sees many locals and visitors alike make the most of the long days and holiday period to get out and enjoy the local trail networks connecting the Upper Clutha. Six weeks on, the Hawea Swing Bridge Ramp has proven to be a resounding success for locals and visitors alike as well as the marking a successful first major build milestone by the Upper Clutha Tracks Trust as part of their Accessibility project.

The ramp was built by local builder Roy Bailey with the construction of the ramp made possible by the joint fundraising efforts of local physiotherapist Kate Turner and Bikevember as well as the generous support of local/regional trusts, funding organisations and individuals.

Ramp Funders

Southern Trust

QLDC Local Community Support Fund

Lion Foundation

Skycity Casino (Qtown) Community Trust

Callis Charitable Trust

Meg Taylor

Max Shepherd


Kate Turner

Accessibility Project

One of the key initiatives of the UCTT is to improve “accessibility” for all.

Starting with the removal of chicanes and styles from popular local tracks, the Hawea River Swing Bridge Accessibility Ramp represents the first major accessibility construction project with the aim of ongoing improvement of access to the track network for wheel chairs, strollers, electric bikes and recumbent bikes in the Upper Clutha area.

Images & Media

Images and additional information are available upon request by emailing: info@uctt.org.nz

Upper Clutha Tracks Trust

The Upper Clutha Tracks Trust is a non profit organisation dedicated to developing a high quality network of public trails around Wanaka and the Upper Clutha Basin.

The Trust is made up of eleven passionate members of the Wanaka community, plus representatives from the Queenstown Lakes District Council and the Department of Conservation.

If you or someone you know would like to contribute to future projects and developments of the track network in the Upper Clutha, you can do so by emailing: Info@uctt.org.nz

Web: www.uctt.org.nz

Facebook: www.facebook.com/uppercluthatrackstrust

The new Hawea River Bridge Ramp

Drone Photo Credit: Ian Weir

We look forward to seeing you Sunday 27th January,

The Upper Clutha Tracks Trust