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Constructing the Lake Dunstan Trail

Lake Dunstan Trail, Central Otago
Central Otago Queenstown Trails Network Trust

Constructing the Lake Dunstan Trail was more than your usual trail build...

Ropes, climbing harnesses and head for heights were essential on the build.

The complex build relied on helicopter support for materials.

With no other access into the Cromwell Gorge, helicopters were essential.

The stonework on the retaining walls on the trail is a work of art.

Negotiating steep bluffs and cliffs.


The initial building of the Lake Dunstan Trail was funded by Government, the Central Lakes Trust and Otago Community Trust. 

However, the ongoing maintenance of the trail relies heavily on donations. If you have ridden the trail and would like to contribute to its upkeep then you can make a donation by clicking below. Thank you.



To find out more about the Lake Dunstan Trail, including tips to help plan for your ride, trail safety, and maps click the link below.

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