High country ride major attraction
An inaugural high-country trail-ride has raised more than $20,000 for Montessori Children’s House Wanaka and the Wanaka Primary School.
More than 550 trail-bike enthusiasts from as far away as Bluff and Christchurch converged on Lindis Peaks, Deep Creek and Long Gully stations near Tarras on Sunday to explore 66km of private alpine farm trails, rarely accessible to the public.
Wanaka Primary School and Montessori Children’s House Wanaka Board of Trustee chairman Andrew Howard said the event was a huge success despite rain showers.
‘‘There’s been an incredible volunteer effort from a lot of people and it’s been a great family day out. It’s certainly been a big drawcard to have the opportunity to ride through three high-country stations,’’ Howard said.
The extensive high-country terrain, organisation and helpful attitude of the volunteers at the event resulted in a very positive response from the riders, with many already planning to return next year, he said.
There was a good choice of family, intermediate and expert loops with specialist enduro and hillclimb sections for riders and a pee wee track was also a popular feature with riders as young as three-years-old.
Kate Bennie, 9, Nicola Bennie, 18 and Ruth Bennie, 13, take a break from taking part in the high country trail ride near Tarras at the weekend to raise funds for the Montessori Children’s House Wanaka and the Wanaka Primary School.