The announcement of government funding for Quick Start Trails in 2009 by then Prime Minister Sir John Key was the catalyst for making the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail a reality. Southland District Council successfully secured the financial backing needed to create a trail through some of the most beautiful scenery in New Zealand.
Work on stage one from Kingston to Mossburn started in June 2013 and included the construction of purpose-built cycle bridges crossing the Mataura River and Eyre Creek. It was officially opened by Deputy Prime Minister Bill English at a ceremony in Lumsden on 1 November 2014.
Further funding was approved in 2014 to enable SDC to embark on stage two from Mossburn to Walter Peak.
The Around the Mountains Cycle Trail would not have been possible without the support of the Northern Southland community and, in particular, the landowners whose land it ventures through.