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Tahuna Beach Kiwi Holiday Park & Motel
*** NOTE: The actual events have been listed so please RSVP to ONE *** Hello ACG! Have I got an adventure for you! One you wont want to miss! I rode the Heaphy last September and it was simply the best ride I have ever done! The Old Ghost Road (which we did April) has better scenery but the Heaphy is entirely rideable and the climbing is less demanding. Not to mention the best flowing downhill of all time! And if you are lucky you may see some giant Kauri snails, Takahe and hear Kiwi, even see one! We may also cross the odd patch of snow. I am drafting this ride while I can recall the details and to drum up interest as we have to move fast once the new session opens. The dates have not been set yet but would be either the end of September or end of October 2020 but not Labour Weekend on the 26th! If demand is great we would do two separate trips 😄 and break into riding subgroups to satisfy DOC's recommendations. The huts can be booked online BUT not until 1 July 2020 so there's time to think about it. I am just getting an idea of numbers at this stage so we can all book on day 1 of the new season to avoid missing out. As before, we will be shuttled by Steve from Helibike Nelson as he is very good at what he does, is a mind of information and his time management and organisation skills are top notch! What to expect: Expect it to be on the cold side but not unbearable, could also be very changeable so pack appropriate clothing. Day 1: Thursday. Fly to Nelson and stay the night at the Tahuna Beach Kiwi Holiday Park which is very handy to the airport. Day 2: Friday. Leave Nelson around 8am and ride by 11:30. Its a 18kms gradual climb (915m) to the Perry Saddle hut and would take most less than 3 hours. Day 3: Is mainly downhill to the Heaphy hut with only 500m of climbing in total, the descent to the coast is one you will always remember. Expect up to 5 hours of sensational riding to cover the 42kms. Day 4: Is 16kms of undulating coastal track which passes through lush nikau palm groves to the car park where we board the shuttle to Karamea (17kms) for lunch and a shower. Being back in Nelson around 7pm for the night to allow for any unexpected delays on final day. Day 5: Monday fly back to Auckland We could even stay longer and explore Karamea or be shuttled around other bike parks near Nelson. Requirements: You will require a sleeping bag or just a liner if you want to hire one of six Steve has at the huts. If bringing your own these are best carried on a rear rack which can also be hired along with dry bag from Steve for $45. There are no bowls, mugs, plates or cutlery so please bring your own. There is gas cooking, pots, pans, lighting and a fireplace to dry out your riding gear while wearing your dry hut clothes. The huts are spacious, modern, warm and comfortable. There are clean toilets with paper. In the way of riding clothes, its best to take a warm base layer, an extra layer and a rain jacket. Waterproof gloves, shoe covers and polyprop or thicker socks will help too. Some used plastic bags on their feet with limited success on our last trip. I used a shower proof Torpedo7 leggings and stayed dry and clean underneath! A change of clothes can also be left in the shuttle for after the ride. Bring money for lunch and a shower when we get to the Last Resort cafe & bar in Karamea on route back to Nelson. You may also want a torch. Costs: Numbers will be limited to 19 per trip using two vans. Shuttle costs will be roughly $200 per person. Flights would be around $300 per person return and the huts would be $68 for the two nights. There are various accommodation options at the Tahuna Beach Kiwi Holiday Park & Motel (https://tahuna.nz/) for the first and final nights in Nelson. The group accommodation format and price per person will be confirmed closer to the date. Most people bring the Back Country dehydrated meals, you can get these at Torpedo7, Rebel Sport and some supermarkets. The packaging becomes the bowl.
Back by popular demand - the new and improved Woodhill Wednesday's! We will start a bit later this winter to allow people to get there in time to join the ride. We will meet up at the tables in front of the shop by 5:20pm, hit the trails at 5:30pm and ride for around 2 hours - we will decide before we head off what trails we will be doing. if you cannot be ready to head out at 5:30 you can meet us at map station 2 at the start of 2nd Grade/Handle The Jandal at 6:00 *Auckland is currently at level 2.5 - please take note of the following requirements from Woodhill Bike Park* Before visiting the park please take note of the following: - We highly recommend wearing a face covering in the shop or in the toilets - Please sanitise your hands before entering the shop or touching any of our equipment - Please keep a 2m distance from others while in the shop or in the toilets - Please sign-in on our park registration app AND the NZ Covid Tracer app when arriving at the park - Bike Hire is strictly Bookings ONLY (all our equipment will be sanitised before and after each use) - Strictly no groups of more than 10 people (friends/meet-up groups/corporate) - If you have cold- or flu-like symptoms PLEASE DO NOT visit the park ******************************************************************************** You will need decent lights that will run for at least 2 hours and this ride is for anyone that can ride a steady pace for that time... all levels of abilities are welcome Lights can be hired from the Park shop for $25/night ACG operates a no drop policy which means we regroup at trail heads and trail ends to ensure everyone is safe and accounted for Entry fee is $15 for a casual ride / $179 for a 6 month pass / $249 for 12 month pass If anyone wants to carpool I suggest you mention it in the comments and see who can help out We may stop in at the Beer Spot in Huapai after the ride for a beer/wine or n.a drink and they have food trucks for the famished! I hope to see you out there! Kevin... PS. if you are looking to buy nightlights for this sort of mountain bike night riding then please check out our ACG Night Light information page (http://nightlights.aucklandcycling.group) to learn about the various options
Arrive by 9:15am (or before) - hit the gravel by 9:30am This is a gravel road endurance ride and could be treated as training for the Heaphy! FITNESS / PACE: You need to be fit enough to fairly comfortably handle a ride that spans 55km/4hrs. We do operate a "No Drop" ride policy but please ensure you are personally are up for the full duration as it is one big loop with no real quick escape route back to the start. BIKES As this is a Gravel ride road bikes will not be suitable. Mountain bikes are recommended however you could potentially get away with a hybrid bike that has fat tires. What ever you choose to ride please ensure it is mechanically sound for obvious safety reasons. MEETING POINT: Puhoi Domain,Puhoi Rd - In the centre of Puhoi village , there is the Dairy on the left and then Sale yards Rd, where the Puhoi Pub is located, directly opposite is a bridge leading to the domain. Plenty of parking and public toilets in the Domain. Ride is approx 55 kms and should take approx. 4 hours depending on pace and conditions - but everyone should bring along their sense of adventure! That is approx 55kms in total of which 80+% of it will be on gravel roads, the remaining will be some tarmac connecting some roads. AFTER RIDE CELEBRATION: Lunch and drinks at the pub at the end of the ride , Bring a change of clothing If anyone wants to carpool I suggest you mention it in the comments and see who can help out
The social ride is having a break in Rotorua. It is suitable for beginners (but it is all weekend so you will need a bit of bike fitness), building up your fitness/confidence or if you just want a social ride. We will be riding at Whakarewarewa MTB Park, soaking at the Waiotapu hot pools, and having a night out in Rotovegas. Itinerary Saturday 10am - Meet in the carpark at Whakarewarewa MTB Park. This is the big first carpark on the left of Waipa State Mill Rd. 10 - 2pm - Ride at Whakarewarewa MTB Park. Lunch is on the trails so bring it with you, along with plenty of water and snacks. 3 - 6pm Soak at Waiotapu hot pools. 7pm - Dinner+ in Rotovegas. Sunday 10am - 2pm Blue Lake Loop ride. Bring your lunch and bathers in case it’s warm enough for a swim. 2pm Head home. What you need to do: Arrange your accommodation at the Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park. Organise your transport to Rotorua. Let’s carpool if we can. Check that your bike is ready for a weekend of riding. Trip is limited to 10 attendees because of you know what. Please use the comments section for organising your accommodation, carpooling and asking questions about the trip. Look forward to riding with you. Linda