A new mountain bike trail network has just got the go ahead for Collie in the latest project under the South West mtb master plan. Set in the Arklow forest block just a few kms north of Collie, the network will fall under the Collie/Wellington regional plan as a national destination, to add adventure tourism to the diversity of the town.
The mtb trail network will consist of up to 50kms of trails including up to 30km of single trail of various difficulty to suit riders from ...beginners to advanced and include access for handcycles.
A framework document will direct the project with stakeholders on the steering committee consisting of DPAW, SW Mountain Bike Club and the Collie MTB club.
Three Chillies has been engaged as the contractor to upgrade the "220" trail to Harris river dam and create a trails plan for the Arklow forest block.
A re-alignment of the mundabiddi into Collie will also be part of the project to take the current alignment off sealed roads and into the natural bush for a more encompassing wilderness effect.
The timing and suddenness of this project led by DPAW has come as a pleasant surprise to us all.
This project will be an additional and alternative destination to ride in the South West and add to the network of trails already in the Wellington District.