Pedal hire from Plim­mer­ton

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By KRIS DANDO

The owner of a new bi­cy­cle hire busi­ness based at Plim­mer­ton Rail­way Sta­tion has high hopes lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike will use two wheels to see some of the area’s most stun­ning scenery.

Claire An­der­son and her family moved to New Zealand from Bri­tain four years ago. Seek­ing a life­style change, they found what they were look­ing for in Plim­mer­ton.

‘‘It’s a beau­ti­ful place, we love it here.’’

Ms An­der­son, a keen cy­clist with her hus­band and two daugh­ters, spot­ted a gap in the mar­ket when it came to us­ing the cy­cle­ways around Plim­mer­ton, par­tic­u­larly Ara Harakeke path­way. She says more peo­ple are likely to plan cy­cling day trips in Porirua if they can drive or take the train to Plim­mer­ton, then hire bikes.

‘‘It’s an­other piece in the puz­zle of the options you have when you visit from Welling­ton or else­where. There’s great park­ing and pub­lic trans­port.’’

It’s taken about six months from the germ of an idea to be­come re­al­ity, with Plim­mer­ton Cy­cle Hire of­fi­cially open for busi­ness from this Satur­day. The bikes will be hired from in­side the sta­tion build­ing.

Ms An­der­son is start­ing small, with four adult moun­tain­bikes avail­able at hourly, half-day, full day and overnight rates. Brochures – which out­line cy­cle routes like Plim­mer­ton to Pukerua Bay, around Pau­ata­hanui In­let, up Air­lie Rd, or even just along the sub­urb’s prom­e­nade – can be picked up at Moana Lodge and from Mack’s Tracks.

‘‘There’s some­thing for ev­ery­one, from a short, flat seven-kilo­me­tre ride to Pare­mata on a pur­pose-built track, to a 40km mix­ture of on-and off-road rid­ing to the sum­mit of Puke­tiro Hill,’’ Ms An­der­son says. ‘‘If the de­mand goes up – and we’re hop­ing it’s busy when the nicer weather comes – we might look to have more bikes avail­able.’’

The busi­ness is in part­ner­ship with New Zealand Green Bike Trust.

Mack’s Tracks owner Ger­ald Shel­ton says, ‘‘We are of­ten asked for cy­cle hire by back­pack­ers . . . it’s great that we can now pro­vide this ser­vice for vis­i­tors to Plim­mer­ton.’’

In­for­ma­tion or reser­va­tions email: plim­mer­ton­cy­cle­ or phone 233 8555.

Pedal power: Claire An­der­son with the new moun­tain­bikes avail­able to hire from Plim­mer­ton Rail­way Sta­tion from this week­end.

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