Scenic dual track opens to the public

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Nicki Webster at the start of the new track.

Bikers and walkers have another scenic adventure to add to their holiday list with a new track on the south side of the Rakaia river opening last weekend.

The Dorie Community Track starts at the McCrory’s and Acton Road intersection and is made up of two separate walking and mountain biking tracks heading 4km east to the South Rakaia Huts.

Dorie Charitable Trust trustee Nicki Webster said the idea of making the track came after lockdown 2020.

‘‘During lockdown in March 2020 people started using this area more and realised it was a pretty cool place, and we developed it from there.’’

After successfully applying to the Trustpower Rakaia Catchment Environment Enhancement Fund the trust employed Cam Bisset who runs a track building company to build the track.

‘‘He came down and created it, but there has been volunteer work since he finished just tidying up, we are delighted with the outcome,’’ she said.

The process of getting the track approved was surprisingly straight forward with the trust working with local Ecan representative Ryan Dynes on their submission to Ecan.

To enhance the track further the trust have teamed up with the Ka nuka Mid Canterbury Regeneration Trust to plant native trees and attract native birds back to the area.

‘‘The Ka nuka trust connect with the schools, so kids will be involved and get educated about what each plant does and why we are planting them, ideally we would like to get Bellbird’s and Tui’s back in here,’’ Mrs Webster said.

~ By Daniel Tobin