Introduction

The three day cycle hikoi travelling the entire length of the Mountains to Sea (Nga Ara Tuhono) section of the National Cycle Trail (Nga Haerenga) takes place Thursday 26 April to Saturday 28 April 2012.

Date:  23 April 2012

If you haven’t confirmed which part of the cycle trail hikoi you are completing - now is the time to get organised!

The three day cycle hikoi travelling the entire length of the Mountains to Sea (Nga Ara Tuhono) section of the National Cycle Trail (Nga Haerenga) takes place this Thursday 26 April to Saturday 28 April 2012 and organisers are urging enthusiasts to get on their bikes and join the journey.

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. The cycle trail partners have put the logistics in place and operators from Mountains to Sea have put packages together by way of food, accommodation and transport in order to give people some options for doing parts or all of the hikoi.

Cyclists start Day 1 on Mt Ruapehu on Thursday morning where a karakia (blessing) will officially start the hikoi and bike to either Whakahoro or Ruatiti for an overnight stay. An early start on Day 2 will see them meet at the Kaiwhakauka/Mangapurua junction for a ceremony to unveil a carved pou after which they will continue down the track over the Bridge to Nowhere and onto Pipiriki via jet boat. Pipiriki is another overnight stop and on Day 3  the longer bike ride down the Whanganui River Road starts at 7am, finishing at the North Mole, Castlecliff, where the Whanganui River meets the Tasman Sea.

Ruapehu District Council Mayor Sue Morris, said that the hikoi was a fantastic way to celebrate and promote the Mountains to the Sea cycle trail and she would encourage all Ruapehu cycling enthusiasts to take part even if it is just for a small section.

“Everyone is welcome to jump on a bike and be part of the hikoi and be one of the first riders on this hugely exciting cycle trail,” she said.

“We hope that the last section will draw a lot more cyclists given that it is a Saturday”, Whanganui Mayor Annette Main said.

“If the weather is fine, it would be great to see some families join the ride from the Aramoho Rail Bridge, or the Somme Parade side of Dublin Street Bridge, where they can follow the mostly off-road cycle track towards Castlecliff for the end ceremony”.

Some of the cycle trail partners will be at the Powderhorn in Ohakune on Wednesday night from 6pm for anyone who wants further information on the hikoi.

The public can view all of the information that they need on the Visit Ruapehu website and www.whanganuiriver.co.nz which link to all of the operators providing options and packages for accommodation, food and transport. DOC Programme Manager George Taylor who is also one of the organisers urges cyclists who are joining the hikoi to leave their intentions with DOC if they have not done so already. “This will allow us to keep a check on the safety of everyone and ensure nobody gets left behind, we want everyone that joins us to have a good time and enjoy the ride”.

Contact

For further information please contact:

Sandy Waters
Visit Ruapehu
Phone:
+64 21 895 346
Email: sandy@visitruapehu.com

or

Connie Norgate

Whanganui Office
Phone:   +64 6 349 2100
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   whanganui@doc.govt.nz
Address:   34-36 Taupo Quay
Whanganui 4500
Postal Address:   Private Bag 3016
Whanganui 4540
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