We recently welcomed Whitney Wanous to the team as our new Marketing & Partnership Coordinator here at the Queenstown Trails Trust. We knew you would want to know more about her, so we quizzed her on how she ended up in Queenstown and some of her favourite trails.
Here’s what she had to say…
TELL US WHERE YOU ARE FROM
Originally from the sunny isles of South Florida, I was drawn to Queenstown because of the mountain environment and its reputation as the Adventure Capital of the World. I often say I traded one paradise for another!
I’m sure many of us ‘almost locals’ can relate to my story – I came to Queenstown on a working holiday for ‘just a winter season,’ and somehow, much to my parent’s dismay, I’m still here! Having lived here since 2005, I have a strong passion for the region and feel incredibly lucky to call Queenstown home.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I am the new Marketing & Partnerships Coordinator for the Queenstown Trails Trust and my background is in digital marketing, event coordination, hospitality, and film production. I love getting out on the trails with my young family and exploring our beautiful backyard. I am really stoked to join QTT and look forward to watching our amazing trail network grow in the coming years.
WHAT BRINGS YOU TO THE QUEENSTOWN TRAIL?
When you find me out on the trails, I’m usually trying to keep fit, connect with nature, or burn some energy off the kids and our very energetic puppy!
YOUR FAVOURITE QUEENSTOWN TRAIL?
I’m really guilty of hitting the trails closest to home, which for me are the Arrow Millennium Trail and the Lake Hayes Trail. If I had to pick a favourite, it would be the Arrow Millennium trail. I grew up in the islands surrounded by water, so I like to hear the sounds of the river when I walk. Plus, you can’t really beat the signature Arrowtown colours in autumn!
WHAT BIKE ARE YOU RIDING? TELL US ABOUT IT.
Um, my current bike is an old hand-me-down and probably not worth mentioning, though I do have a new Shotgun seat for my little girl so she can come along for any rides, too. I am in the market for an e-bike, if anyone has any connections?!
DESCRIBE WHY YOU BIKE THE TRAILS OR BIKE AT ALL?
I would say that I walk more than bike, but the trails are such an easy way to get out and into our beautiful surroundings. Going for a nice walk gives me time to clear my head and keep fit. I love to listen to a book while I’m out, so my walks can be a bit of an escape, too. I find it difficult to not feel gratitude when I’m out on the trails and surrounded by so much natural beauty!
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE MORE OF ON THE TRAIL NETWORK?
My son is off to high school next year, so I would be keen to see more off-road tracks enabling our kids to ride to school, and their various after-school activities, safely. A track connecting Jack’s Point and Hanley’s Farm to Frankton is a much-needed commuter connection. More toilets and water refill stations on some of the tracks would be fabulous too!
A SENTENCE OR TWO TO SUM UP THE QUEENSTOWN TRAILS FOR YOU?
Our trail network is an invaluable and unique asset to Queenstown. I think it’s really important that we locals don’t take it for granted!
If you'd like to feature in #talesfromthetrail send us your trail photos or get in touch with Whitney