CamelBak People’s Choice Award – Voting Now Open!

Voting for the Camelbak People’s Choice Round voting is underway as of 5.30pm Monday the 30th of July! We had loads of great entries but the Trail Fund NZ Advisory Board had the very hard task of choosing just three finalists. They have done that and so now it is up to you as the winner will be decided by our Facebook followers. The three finalists are detailed below and all you need to do is head over to our Facebook page and click ‘like’ on the post to vote for your favourite. The project with the most ‘likes’ at 9pm on Monday the 7th of July 2014 will have their project funded. Feel free to campaign for the project of your choice, let people know about the competition and which project you think is the most worthwhile.

Bike Methven: New DH Track in Mt Hutt Bike Park

methven_3This project has been given the green light by DOC. It is a step forward in the Canterbury region for mountain bike tracks being built on conservation land. This will add another 2.5km and 460 vertical meters of trail and DH bike friendly elevation to the Mt Hutt Bike Park. The trail has been designed as a grade 4 descent through the sub-alpine environment overlooking the Canterbury plains towards the Porthills of Christchurch. You won’t have much time to enjoy the views as you make the high speed twisting decent down dodging trees, railing berms, doubling up rollers. This then spits you out onto the existing DH track. There is access to the top of the trail is from the Mt Hutt Skifield access road, making it easy to shuttle or pedal up for the ride down. With stage one complete, it is just the final stretch needing benching and shaping.

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Kapiti MTB Club: Whareroa Farm Descending Trail

kapiti_2The club has begun the first trail in its Whareroa Farm development. This trail will complement the existing facilities that are already available in, and around, the farm. We have been actively promoting and developing a full range of off road biking opportunities on the Kapiti Coast, and as part of this the new trail plays a vital role. We have an existing, purpose built, uphill trail in the farm that also gives access to Campbell’s Mill Rd and Akatarawa Forest Park. This first descending trail is being built to a Grade 2/3 level which will allow anyone who can handle the uphill trail to use this new one. It will also allow the area to be used for events. This will be the first of 3 new trails planned for the MTB area in the farm. The farm occupies a vital link position in Kapiti between the coastal communities and the recreation potential of the hill country. The club has been instrumental in the development of a new skills area and beginner loops within the Paraparaumu urban area as part of its plan to have a full range of off road options available to local and visiting riders. The club has secured the use of a digger to begin the trail. We have also had an initial donation to keep the project going and we are actively seeking more funding as the trail still has a long way to go.

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Te Miro MTB Club: Big Willy Trail


‘Big Willy’ Track is going to allow for circumnavigation of the reservoir by riders and walkers and will take in views not matched by any other track at Te Miro Forest Park. Our intention is for it to be a ‘Grade 2’ track, which will mean that most people with a few simple bike skills will be able to enjoy. The track will be suitable for walkers too and marked as ‘dual use’. The trail will be designated one way for cyclists.It will also provide a exit from the Jumps Track which currently does not  exist. This is described in our stage 1 development in our project plan. Te Miro MTB Park has a popular circuit that involves circumnavigating the lake via the ‘Miro’ track. This track is a lot of fun for advanced riders but is a bit too hard for beginner riders. ‘Big Willy’ will offer another option of circumnavigating the lake but with incredible views and will be accessible to all riders. Currently ‘Miro’ track is best accessed via the very challenging ‘Native’ track. Construction of ‘Big Willy’ will allow a second option to access this track and create a great ‘loop’ option to extend your ride. With its great views across the lake and its predominant native bush, ‘Big Willy’ will be a track that many riders will love to ride from beginner to expert.

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Remember that you can ask questions via our Facebook page – if you have a project specific question put it on the project in question and we or the project team will attempt to answer them!

A big thanks once again to Sean and the team at CamelBak NZ who through their generous support of Trail Fund NZ in 2014 have made this funding round possible. Thanks CamelBak!camelbak-logo1