THE Fiordland Trails Trust, which is developing the Lake2Lake Te Anau to Manapouri multi-use trail, is a finalist in the Community Impact Award, one of six award categories at the annual New Zealand Sport and Recreation Awards.
Not only proving popular with cyclists but also walkers, the grade two (easy) trail, which currently began at the Department of Conservation visitor centre in Te Anau, would have 24.4km of the 28.4km trail completed by Queen’s Birthday Weekend, trust engineer David Boniface said.
“We are excited to be opening the 4.7km leg 6, which links Manapouri to Supply Bay Rd, at Queen’s Birthday Weekend. This leaves just 4km to be completed.”
However, the final 4km was “dependant upon changes to the Fiordland National Park Plan and permission for cycling within the park, which may take another three to four years to achieve that status”, he said.
So far, the trail had cost $980,000, with $200,000 still needed to complete it, Mr Boniface said.
“The extent of usage of the trail since opening legs 1 and 2 in 2016 has far exceeded our expectations.
“We have had significant community support for this project.”
Awards judging panel chairman Peter Dale said the number of outstanding nominations in each of the six award categories, and from such a varied pool of activities, confirmed the high standards of work taking place across the sector.
“The campaigns we’ve seen this year have been outstanding, showcasing inclusive community programmes and inspirational high-performance achievements. The ways people can connect with physical activity, through sport and recreation, are increasingly diverse, and this can only be encouraging more New Zealanders to get active,” he said.
Other nominees in the category include The Shift Foundation and Special Olympics New Zealand’s 2017 National Summer Games.