When you’re heading out of Christchurch south along SH1 don’t pass through Ashburton, turn right at the entrance to town, head along Racecourse Road and when you see a sign for Trott’s Garden turn left. Drive down an avenue of towering trees and you’ll find yourself in a horticultural wonderland, a place where you can wander at will and explore a series of superb gardens.
A very successful start to the NZMCA taking part in the North Canterbury Wine Festival. 21 vans staying three nights and the numbers peaked at 30 on the day of the festival. The weather was superb over the whole weekend especially Sunday being the festival day. Wine maker Scott Berry from Waipara Downs to come and talk with our group on Saturday late afternoon.
Plenty to do on SH2
As a cultural icon, Tui Brewery takes its corporate responsibility seriously, ensuring that it gave something back to a community that has been enjoying its product for generations. Two favourite Kiwi things- freedom camping and the great New Zealand outdoors have benefited from this. The Tui Brewery has opened up two Park Over Property sites- #4930 and #4929 on the Travel Directory for overnight parking for self-contained vehicles and TD site #4930 is on the grounds of the historic brewery and tower itself in Mangatainoka.
NZMCA Members, Mountain Bike, Cycle Safari ; Top of the South ; November ; 2016 Hosts and Organisers, Carl & Lesley Hintz
NZMCA Members, Mountain Bike, Cycle Safari ; Top of the South ; November ; 2016 Hosts and Organisers, Carl & Lesley Hintz #36179
There was a fantastic response to the idea of taking part with people of similar abilities & a common interest, & using our own vans as transport & accommodation.
With a final complement of 1 bus, 3 caravans, & 8 motorhomes. 2 from Tauranga & 4 from Christchurch, and 1 each from Napier, Lake Hawea, Hamilton, Picton & Whangamata, & a total of 21 riders. We all met up at Les Hansen’s, Freeths Rd. Koromiko, property to get to know each other and be briefed on the week’s schedule of biking, exploring, and socialising.
The riding started in Picton with explorations of the wide range of tracks & trails along The Snout, the on the new Picton to Ngakuta Bay track. A quick ride back to Picton, fetch our vans for an overnight with pot-luck meal at The Linkwater Motels. Simon & Helena Lamb, from Cranky Goat Cheeses, gave us an insight into the finer details of manufacturing goat cheese. Many of us made purchases to enjoy later in the wek.
Melissa & Adam Coleman were fantastic hosts, even providing fresh pikelets for morning tea, on our return from the morning’s ride Anikiwa to Mistletoe Bay via the Queen Charlotte Track.
After hot showers, morning tea/lunch, on our way again to the Belgrove Tavern, near Wakefield. For those who don’t know, this is a POP [not in our directory]
With amazing hostess, Jackie, great food, and a gorgeous outdoor garden/BBQ area out back. There is no charge, just please buy a drink or two, or try the scrumptious steak burgers.
We planned to ride through The Spooner Tunnel, but unfortunately this is still closed with some “structure” issues. Instead we all rode to Wakefield, for coffee etc at Rhubarb Café, then…this was good…the guys rode back to Belgrove for our vans etc. AND the girls all biked through to Tahuna, with a stop at Wooden Spoon Cafe in Richmond for lunch. Was a wonderful 51km ride, all on trails.
Parking over for 2 nights out the back at Tahuna Motor Camp, we all made choices about rides, some to Mapua [fish’n’chips], and back, on the Great Taste Trail, while the more adventurous took on Dun Mountain ,five even going over the top & down The Coppermine Trail. That’s tough stuff.
Final nights were spent camped up at Marchwood Park, Motueka, POP [in the directory], for rides around Motueka & Riwaka [for ice-creams] ; The Riwaka Resurgence & over to Kaiteriteri, again mostly on trails. Another pot-luck meal on Friday, and finishing with dinner at the RSA Motueka,[who run a $2 each away shuttle ], our amazing week came to an end. 21 happy, smiling faces & just a few sore b..s.