Vol­un­teers de­liver the goods

Upper Hutt Leader - - WHAT’S ON - COLIN WIL­LIAMS

Mountain bik­ing re­mains on track in Wainuiomata.

The Wainuiomata Trail Project mountain bike park is con­tin­u­ing to be de­vel­oped and main­tained by vol­un­teers and sup­ported by the Hutt city Coun­cil.

It of­fers a range of mountain bike and walk­ing tracks on the hills be­tween Mount Towai and the Waiu St re­serve for rid­ers of all abil­i­ties, in­clud­ing be­gin­ners.

The venue is best ac­cessed from Waiu St where car park­ing and track in­for­ma­tion boards are wel­com­ing for first time visi­tors.

The park’s down­hill tracks can also be ac­cessed from the sad­dle of Wainuiomata Hill which is linked with the Te Whiti Riser, the cy­cling and walk­ing track which be­gins at Te Whiti Park in Lower Hutt.

Most of the WTP trails are set in re­gen­er­at­ing na­tive bush range and de­signed, where pos­si­ble, to be shared with walk­ers.

They range from from easy and in­ter­me­di­ate climbs to the most tech­ni­cal down hills cir­cuits ike the Spoon­hill, an ad­vanced down­hill-only track of­fer­ing drops and other ob­sta­cles to test the best.

Im­por­tant to the full com­mu­nity use of the park is the se­lec­tion of begin­ner and easy grade tracks where the 2 kilo­me­tre Wet­land Loop is a stand­out op­tion for fam­ily recre­ation. This is a gen­tle, twoway loop around a wet­land area.

It be­gins with a fairly gen­tle climb on a wide gravel path. About 1km on, rid­ers will get to the head of the val­ley and the loop’s eastern sec­tion, a rea­son­ably wide sin­gle track that de­scends at a gen­tle gra­di­ent. A bush sec­tion fol­lows be­fore a 120 me­tre board­walk which, with three pass­ing bays, eas­ily al­lows

NEED TOKNOW

TheWainuiomata Trail Project is free to all users.

Find it at the end ofWaiu Street, first left off Park­way which is left from the round­about at the bot­tom of theWainuiomata Hill Rd.

This en­trance of­fers car park­ing, track maps, a drink­ing foun­tain and toi­lets.

Mountain bikes are needed for ad­vanced tracks but all bikes are suit­able for the begin­ner and easy ride op­tions.

Be safe. Wear a hel­met and sen­si­ble clothes, take awa­ter bot­tle and al­ways use sun­screen.

A free Fam­ily Fun Day will be held at the at theWainuiomata Trail Project on Satur­day, March 11 from 10am to 2pm. for any two-way traf­fic and pukeko spot­ting. Af­ter more sin­gle track, in­clud­ing a dou­ble­back loop and and an­other creek cross­ing, the track heads across open ter­ri­tory back to the start. Easy!

Af­ter this rid­ers can progress a grade higher by cov­er­ing a loop formed by by the Jun­gle Scout, Jun­gle Gym and Snail Trail tracks. From there the op­tions are plenty.

COLIN WIL­LIAMS/FAIRFAX NZ

Chris Burr, left, and Brenda Clapp from Nel­son and Ni­cola John­son from Pe­tone came to the Wainuiomata Trail Project via the Te Whiti Riser,

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