Shania Twain Opens Hiking Trail
Shania Twain has opened a hiking trail on her property in New Zealand. Hikers, mountain bikers and even hunters now have access to a trail that crosses the singer's property on the country's South Island.
By allowing public access, Twain is adhering to government regulations imposed just after she and her husband bought the 61 acres of scenic farmland. Just after their $17.5 million purchase, New Zealand's government tightened controls on land sales to overseas buyers, out of fear that wealthy foreigners were buying and sealing off the country's most beautiful real estate.
That trend heightened after the 'Lord of the Rings' movies, filmed in New Zealand, higlighted the country's gorgeous landscapes to the world. John Travolta is another celebrity who purchased land there soon after the movie trilogy.
In order to abide by New Zealand's new real estate rules, Twain and Lange agreed to create a hiking trail crossing their land. It includes huts and other facilities for visitors. Twain was on hand for the trail's grand opening last week.