Date: 04 April 2012
The three day cycle journey (hikoi) travelling the length of the Mountains to Sea section of the National Cycle Trail is to take place on the 26th through to 28th April 2012.
Starting on Mt Ruapehu and ending at the North Mole, Whanganui, the hikoi traverses two iconic national parks with outstanding scenery and a rich cultural landscape. It covers approximately 245 km over 3 nights.
Cyclists of all ages and abilities are encouraged to join all or any parts of the hikoi that they wish, ensuring they book accommodation and transport in advance as day 2 is limited by the availability of jet boat & transport providers. Local accommodation and transport operators are looking forward to hosting cyclists during the hikoi and hope people will join all sections.
The hikoi was planned to allow the cycle trail partners, iwi and the local communities to showcase their sections of track and the benefits to local businesses and the local and regional economy.
Cyclists start on the first day in Ohakune as one group then split into two groups, one travelling from Horopito through to Fishers track via transport, then down the Retaruke Valley to Whakahoro for the night. The other group travels from Horopito down Ruatiti Road to Ruatiti Domain.
Blue Duck lodge owner Dan Steel is looking forward to hosting cyclists in Whakahoro. “There’s plenty of room here and we’re pretty excited about the hikoi. We will be putting on a good meal and a bit of musical talent at the Blue Duck Café for the mountain bikers” says Dan.
The Ruatiti Domain is the overnighter for the rest of the crew making their way on the first day. The popular local camping spot on the banks of the Manganui o te Ao River (also home to the rare whio) will offer a unique camping experience for many of the cyclists.
Day two both groups will meet at the Mangapurua / Kaiwhakauka junction to unveil a carved pou and travel from this point as one group down the Mangapurua Track, across the Bridge to Nowhere and to the Mangapurua Landing where awaiting jet boats will transport them down river where they will stop for the night.
Ruapehu District Council (RDC) Mayor, Sue Morris, noted that the Mountains to Sea cycle trail adds another world class adventure visitor attraction to the region. “The cycle trail network is playing a major role in diversifying Ruapehu’s tourism sector and assisting with the region’s development as the North Island’s premier outdoor recreation area.”
Accommodation options are many beside the river from Pipiriki down enabling cyclists to start Day 3 at distances along the road that suit them before finishing at the North Mole, Castlecliff.
Whanganui Mayor Annette Main hopes locals will join the full day from Pipiriki along the river road or jump on the hikoi once it arrives in the city. “This is a great way for all of the cycle trail partners to celebrate this diverse and exciting network of cycle trails and to fully appreciate the opportunity this provides for our communities,” Annette Main said.
Further information on the hikoi, transport operators, accommodation options and providers and other information linked to the hikoi is available on the Visit Ruapehu website www.visitruapehu.com.
For further information please contact:
Phone: +64 21 895 346