Trail linking city to Bluff complete

Former Environment Southland engineering technician Robin Wilson (now retired) oversaw walks along the recently completed Invercargill Bluff trail. Mr Wilson oversaw some of the development of the trail. Photo: Supplied

A CULMINATION of a project years in the making.

That is how Environment Southland lead transport planner Russell Hawkes describes the completion of the Invercargill Bluff trail.

The trail in October is a new addition to Southland’s recreational trail network and provides an off-road alternative for cyclists and walkers between Invercargill and Bluff

The final 16km section is a sealed off-highway shared walking and cycling trail linking Awarua and Bluff.

It is also part of the 3000km Te Araroa Trail, which stretches the length of New Zealand from Cape Reinga to Bluff.

Mr Hawkes said the trail gave walkers, runners and cyclists the ability to see a picturesque part of the region from a completely new perspective.

the culmination of a project that has been many years in the making. We are thrilled to see the hard work and contributions of a range of supporters come to fruition. Now that the trail is open and available for use, we are keen to let Southlanders know it’s there and available for them.

The trail is a joint project between Environment Southland and the Invercargill City Council, with significant funding contributions from Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency and Te Araroa Trails Trust.

Financial support has also been provided by the ILT Foundation and Community Trust South.

Invercargill City Council roading manager Russell Pearson said the council was pleased to have been part of the project.

to see the trail completed and ready to be enjoyed by our community.

opportunity to have a cycle on at least part of the trail, as it is great to get a new perspective from the saddle of a bike, rather than through the window of a car.

An official opening ceremony is planned for early next year, once interpretation panels have been installed at six locations on the trail. The panels will tell the Ngai Tahu story of a journey. There will also be wayfinding signage, seating and at least one shelter.