Next stage of trail open

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Sir Alan Marks officially opens Stage 6 of the Fiordland Trails Trust Lake2Lake trail from Mana pouri to Supply Bay last Sunday. Photo: Julie Walls

THE Fiordland Trails Trust’s vision for its Lake2Lake Te Anau to Manapouri multi-use trail is almost complete, with a 4.7km section from Manapouri to Supply Bay Rd officially opened by pioneering conservationist and Save Manapouri campaigner Sir Alan Mark last Sunday.

About 200 people attended the opening.

The Fiordland Trails Trust was granted resource consent for the construction of the trail from Manapouri to Supply Bay Rd in February. Construction began in early March.

There is now only a 4km gap.

Stage 5, a section from Balloon Loop to Supply Bay, will complete the 24km trail. It will be completed following approval from the Department of Conservation, as that section is part of the Fiordland National Park.

In the meantime, people using the trail would have to cycle on to the Manapouri to Te Anau Highway to connect back with the trail.

The Fiordland Trails Trust had been named as a finalist in the New Zealand Sport and Recreation Awards, in the Community Impact award section, alongside the Shift Foundation and Special Olympics New Zealand’s 2017 National Summer Games. The Shift Foundation was named the section winner at the awards in Wellington last week.

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