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A unique chance to visit the
largest wooden viaduct in the
southern hemisphere with the
author of a book detailing its
history is being offered as a
fundraiser for the Tuatapere Hump
Ridge Track Trust.
The weekend visit to the historic
Port Craig Village with the author
of Viaducts Against the Sky,
Warren Bird, is being touted as a
‘must do’ event for all steam train
enthusiasts and those interested
in the saw milling industry.
The trip on November 21 and
22 is limited to 36 participants.
Trust spokeswoman Trish King
said it would suit a range of ages
and abilities. People would be
flown by helicopter to Port Craig
for a barbecue lunch. During the
afternoon they would be taken
on an interpretive tour of the
historic mill, port and village sites.
That evening would comprise a
three-course meal followed by
Mr Bird’s presentation. Guests
would stay overnight in bunk-style
Following a cooked breakfast the
next morning there would be an
interpretive walk to Percy Burn
via the historic tramline. The
adventurous had the option of
walking to the base of the viaduct.
Lunch would be provided at the
Percy Burn Hut followed by a three-
hour walk along the remaining
tramline to the Wairaurahiri River.
The walk time allowed was
generous to encourage a leisurely
pace and the party would be
spread out into smaller groups.
However, those who felt they
wouldn’t manage the walk could
opt to fly back to the Wairaurahiri
at an extra cost, Mrs King said.
The trip would finish with a
jetboat ride down the spectacular
Wairarahiri River before returning
Tickets cost $649 per person.
Bookings can be made at the trust
office in Tuatapere or by phoning
03 -226-6739 or visiting the
Bird flies in for fundraising viaduct visit
The Percy Burn viaduct -- the largest wooden viduct in the southern hemisphere.
Closing date for photographic
More detail on the proposed
Around the Mountain cycle trail is
expected to be available soon.
Venture Southland community
development group manager Rex
Capil said MWH was preparing
an engineering feasibility and
construction cost study on the
trail and this would assist in
determining the possible route for
the trail. This study is funded by
the Ministry of Tourism.
“Venture Southland, the Southland
District Council, Environment
Southland, Invercargill City Council
and Queenstown Lakes District
Council are at present working
with the Ministry of Tourism on the
development of this trail.
“The councils and Venture are also
looking at a partnering trail from
Lumsden to Bluff,” Mr Capil said.
Once these details, a business
case and feasibility report were
considered, meetings would be
held with communities to discuss
the trail and possible input into its
“There has been significant
positive support from the
Southland community for the trail
and we are looking at ways that
individuals and the community
can help with the development
of the trail, including employment
opportunities and research
into local historical sites,”
Mr Capil said.
“Sections of the proposed trail are
already popular cycle tours, with
about 1000 international visitors
a year cycling from Walter Peak to
Mavora Lakes and onwards.
“We are also aware that a number
of cycle tourists ride from Kingston
through to Te Anau or the Catlins.
“The quick start trail announced
by the Prime Minister will hopefully
build on this interest and provide
a high quality experience for locals
and tourists alike.”
A final decision on the trail will be
made once the Ministry of Tourism
and the local authorities have
fully investigated the merits and
viability of it.
Progress made on cycle trail
The deadline for entries to
Destination Fiordland’s annual
photographic competition has
been extended until October 3.
There are five categories to enter
depicting Fiordland life in all
forms from nature and landscape
images to people enjoying all
manner of activities on offer.
There is also a “Then and Now”
section highlighting changes that
have taken place in a subject over
Destination Fiordland manager
Lisa Sadler said the best entries
would form an exhibition to be
held at Labour Weekend at
the DistinctionTe Anau Hotel
and Villas. Section winners, along
with a “People’s Choice” award
decided by public vote, would be
announced towards the end of the
A condition of entry is that
photographers pass copyright
for their images to Destination
Fiordland so they may be used to
market the region.
Ms Sadler said this was the sixth
year the competition had run and
it had always drawn good support
both from keen photographers
and the sponsors who put up the
Entry forms are available from
the destination Fiordland website
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