Plans for a new $41,000 bike jump park, south of Queenstowns Lake
Hayes Estate, are gathering momentum.
Led by the Lake Hayes Estate and Shotover Country Community
Association, the park will provide an inclusive facility for mountain
bikers, with a focus on accessibility for youth and developing riders.
Come spring, a series of jump lines will be constructed on the Crown-
owned plot at the end of Widgeon Place and Alpine Avenue from excess
fill donated by Queenstown Commercial Ltd, which is developing part of
the site into stormwater wetlands.
Association board member Jenny Carter, the brains behind the idea,
says locals are putting their hands up to get among everything from
planning to construction.
[At] the last community meeting we had really keen bikers who are
knowledgeable about design & and weve got a couple of guys who are
interested in helping that are digger drivers, so theyll hopefully be able
to form a lot of the earthworks, and then the designer will come in and
finish it off.
Rotorua-based firm Southstar Trails, which designs and constructs
mountain bike tracks and parks, is supporting the design process and is
eager to incorporate ideas from locals, Carter says.
While the immediate goals to create five jump lines ranging in
difficulty from easy rollers for kids and beginners to table tops up to
two metres high for more experienced riders, the ultimate visions a
In addition to the jump lines, [we may] potentially [add] a dual slalom
track and a technical area similar to Buckland [Trail] up at 7 Mile,
Queenstown Mountain Bike Club committee member Donna Meek says
the park could be the missing piece of the puzzle in Queenstowns
biking infrastructure, offering a training ground for skill development.
Theres very little [trail-building] for kids, so this is quite special and
Shes also keen to get pro riders to work with juniors at the park to
better develop the grassroots side of the sport.
Fundraising for the Kawarau Jump Park project is now underway
donations can be made via Givealittle.
Source: Mountain Scene