Vineyards cycle track mulled

Last updated 06:55 27/02/2014
Therese Herzog
Derek Flynn

Revolutionary: Therese Herzog, of Hans Herzog Estate, hopes the off-road bike trails will be a success so people can enjoy Marlborough’s hidden beauty

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A working group is exploring the possibility of adding off-road bike tracks to an existing cycle route around wineries.

The group, made up of businesses and organisations in the wine and tourism industries, has discussed mapping off-road bike routes to complement the Renwick Cycle Circut.

Their ideas include putting in place a bridge connecting Dog Point and Lake Timara roads, and creating routes along river stopbanks.

The group is encouraging wineries and businesses to draw on maps potential cycle trails they would like to see developed, and submit them to Marlborough District Council reserves and amenities officer Robin Dunn by March 17.

Mr Dunn said it was early days yet, but he was optimistic.

"We are building on work that has already been done. We are just giving it another push."

The Renwick Cycle Circuit was launched in 2003, and additional trails were always proposed. Customer demand and increasing awareness of road safety had highlighted the issue again.

The group wanted to give residents and visitors an off-road cycling experience, providing long and short routes of varying difficulty through the vineyards, he said. "It will spin people's wheels."

There were speed bumps to overcome, including meeting health and safety regulations, he said.

Hans Herzog Estate co-owner Therese Herzog said she was all for the idea because she believed there was a large stretch of land that was under-utilised.

"This is Marlborough. We should be proud of what we have."

Ms Herzog said she received an email asking if she would be interested in the idea.

"I was thinking ‘why did no-one do that before?'." Ms Herzog, an avid cyclist, said she was passionate about being involved in the project. "It's not about the wineries, it's about seeing what Marlborough has to offer.

Her guests often asked where they could go for a walk or a bike ride and she would love to send them along the Wairau stopbanks, she said.

"It has amazing views. It is so peaceful." She hoped the trails would be used by people from Marlborough as well as visitors.

"This isn't me talking as a winery owner, this is me talking as a Marlburian.

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- The Marlborough Express


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