Fiordland Trails Trust
The Fiordland Trails Trust, New Zealand, was formed in March 2007, and is an Organisation, with Charitable and Donee Status. The Group was set up in response to the need for a Recreational Cycleway linking the Towns of Manapouri and Te Anau, much of which has high scenic and recreational values. The Trust aims to establish a regional Trail Network link up, of existing trails In the Fiordland and Northern Southland area.
1st press release
The Fiordland Focus ran an article on July 4, 2007 announcing the formation of the Fiordland Trails Trust under the guidance of Diana Zadravec of Venture Southland and Warwick Cambridge of Preston Russell Law.
The project was initiated by Mike McConachie and Aaron Nicholson, both Motor Camp operators from Manapouri who desired a local walking track to link with the Kepler Track since 1991. They became a founding members of the Trust Aaron Nicholson is known as an advocate for nature protection and conservation twice being nominated for the Southland Conservation Board as well as the Manapouri Community Development Association. At the same time Shaun Cantwell a Te Anau teacher from Fiordland College was working to get the community interested in the idea of a local cycle track to the same destination.
Current Trustees 2015
Dr Stephen Hoskin (Chair), Haylee Preston (Treasurer), Heather Sinclair (Secretary)(ex-officio), Aaron Nicholson, Bob Meek, John Greaney, David Boniface, John Twidle, Rachel Cockburn (Te Anau Community Board), Shirley Mouat (Manapouri CDA), .
A supporting membership was recently mooted to expand the group's membership and to increase support for better quality Human interaction with the Fiordland National Parks recreational assets.
In May 2010 Southern Land CKL of Wanaka put out a 12-page Feasibility study for the 28 km Manapouri–Te Anau Cycleway indicating that an International Standard grade 2 Cycleway would be expected to cost in the region of 1.2 Million.
Trail survey route
Since 2007 the survey line route on the Manapouri end of the Manapouri–Te Anau Cycleway project has been maintained by several local residents making it possible to walk from the Kepler Track exit at Rainbow Reach to the Centre of the Manapouri Township, Via two Famous Lord of the Rings Movie locations on the Anduin Reach, crossing the Supply Bay Road and following the Manapouri lake shore to Post Office Rock and Fraser’s Beach. However, the Department of Conservation is not involved in the maintenance or administration of this trail.