The Whangawehi Mountain Bike ride was a great opportunity for the Whangawehi community to access the conservation area and promote the work done. The ride wasn’t a race but some participants were extremely fast !
1st Peter Hancock 1 hour. 6 minutes
2nd Marcus Koll 1 hour. 9 minutes
3rd Connor Mcilroy 1 hour. 15 minutes
Thank you all for supporting the event.
The Whangawehi Mountain Bike ride took place today in Mahia with a good number of bikers. This year, Adventure Wairoa organised a very well supported Kid’s Challenge.
A big thank you to all the participants and supporting crew. More info will be posted early next week. We hope to see you next year.
Adventure Wairoa and the Whangawehi team are all working hard to get the second Whangawehi Mountain Bike Ride underway for this Saturday (28th of January), meeting at 9.30 am beside the Mahia Fishing Club . If you are looking for something to do, come along and experience a mountain bike ride over private land ($10/adult). This year, a special children’s (5 to 8 years of age) event has been organised starting at 10.45 am so bring them along (free).
For more details and latest updates, visit the Mountain Bike Ride tab or click on the following links :
See you there.
Our apologies but we had to reschedule some of the events. New dates and flyers are now available below.
The WCMGs’ newsletter is now available, please follow the link : whangawehinewsletternov2016 .In it, you will find the dates of our various summer activities including guided walks, mountain bike ride, Mahia markets etc.
Also attached is the new flyer for our Mountain bike ride event planned for the 28th of January 2017 : mountain-bike-poster-jan2017
Enjoy the reading and see you soon.
The first ever Whangawehi mountain bike ride held in conjuction with Adventure Wairoa in Mahia last Saturday was deemed a real success with 67 people participating. Participants were a mixture of locals with others coming from Hawkes Bay and Gisborne to support the event.Mark Lewis who has biked numerous off road rides throughout New Zealand commented that “the ride was enjoyable, challenging in sections but accessible to all ages”.
The event was part of a series of summer community engagement activities organised by the Whangawehi Catchment Management Group to share their restoration story with the wider community. Activities included guided walks, displays at both the Mahia Market and Wairoa A & P show and the mountain bike ride to finish of their summer activities.
This free event was an opportunity to promote and invite all bikers to the groups community planting days planned for the 9th and 16th of July 2016.
Nic Caviale-Delzescaux, Project Coordinator for the WCMG said “when you live in remote areas, it is critical to be able to offer a wide range of activities to attract and engage with the wider community and sustain support over time. It was also great to involve local clubs and organisations this time round to leverage more support.”
Graham Douglas, Forest Manager for Grandy Lake Forest is extremely supportive of this event and said that “Grandy Lake Forest is proud to be able to demonstrate the additional benefits of having forestry within the Wairoa District and being able to share it with the public. It also helps lift the profile of the District with potentially some long term economic outcomes if the walk/cycleway goes ahead”.
The WCMG acknowledges the support received from all landowners, the Whangawehi community, volunteers, DOC, Adventure, GO BUS, QRS and the Wairoa District Council.
Landowners and Whangawehi volunteers have been busy preparing the track today. Wairoa District Council and QRS allowed the group to benefit from a road side mower allowing the track to be mown and spruced up. Thank you for their support. The track is now ready to welcome bikers on Saturday the 12th of March. Registration will start from 9.30 am.
Event programme :
- 9.30 am : Registration.
- 9.45 : Health and Safety briefing, ride description and background on the Whangawehi restoration programme
- 9.55 am : Karakia
- 10 am : First departure for the riders willing to complete the 24 km ride without using the shuttle
- 10.30 am : Shuttle departure
- 2 pm onwards : Entertainment
This event is open to teenagers (12 year old and over).
Ride Map and profile :
-4 kilometres of gravel road along Kinikini Road with 150 meters uphill
-9 kilometres of forestry and farm tracks
-10 kilometres of sealed road back to the Mahia Fishing Club
See you there !