New dog friendly cattle stops on Wanaka tracks

Larger dogs will be able to push through while smaller dogs will require the owners to lift the flap.

Two new cattle stops being installed on local tracks will have ‘dog doors’ (pictured) to allow four legged friends safe passage.

The cattle stops, one at the Albert Town end of the Mount Iron walkway off Old Racecourse Road and the other at the entrance to the Hikuwai Reserve off Aubrey Road, are currently being installed by the Department of Conservation (DOC).

DOC senior ranger community Annette Grieve said,

“The cattle stops are a joint initiative between the Upper Clutha Tracks Trust (UCTT) and DOC as part of the trust’s accessibility project, with the trust funding the wider grates. This will allow for better access to tracks for wheelchairs and strollers. It will also benefit mountain bikers.”

Larger dogs will be able to push through while smaller dogs will require the owners to lift the flap.

The grates also have hedgehog escape ramps installed.

UCTT treasurer John Wellington said the cattle stops are part of the project that was started about a year ago.

“Last year we assessed the track network and looked at where we could make the tracks more accessible. We have replaced a number of styles, repositioned bollards and removed or altered shikanes, changing the track furniture to make it easier for people to negotiate the tracks,” John said.

The $25,000 project has been funded by monies raised by a fundraiser hosted by Kate Young of The Physio Room, a $10,000 grant from Otago Community Trust and a grant of $4500 from Sky City Casino (Queenstown) Community Trust.

The project continues with the trust looking to raise funds to install a ramp on the Hawea River Bridge to improve accessibility. The Hawea Track is part of the Te Araroa Walkway.

“The Bikevember campaign raised around $2700 for the ramp project and we would welcome donations from the community. We are currently looking at other sources to fund the project,” John said.

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