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Thursday, April 30, 2015

April Update

Autumn is here - lovely colours have entered the valley and some real rain, perhaps the first of the year, which was very welcome.

We've been busy as well - Gold Valley Challenge has been benched and all the bends have been cut, and Ali and the Road Gang are now charging up the trail making the finishing touches. It's looking great and should be an immensely fun uphill/downhill. The track is on track for opening in October 2015.

Also after a two year hiatus, the team from T5 Contracting and the little yellow digger were back in action at Haven. We managed to finish up the last leg of the now named Zephyr track, which completes an entirely off road loop at Haven, ducking and diving beside the creek. It's looking superb, we have two rock bridge river crossings and we still need to build two bridges for creek crossings. The track is closed until Spring to allow it to season.

With the onset of winter, we will be doing some tidying up on The Muur and AliTrack, as well as planting out more natives.

There are a number of other tracks on the cards as well, it great to be part of this experience.

The weather station is back up and running, but with Winter we will be managing entry onto the tracks, and closing a few of the newer tracks to allow them to bed in nicely.

But as always, there is plenty to do and ride year round, come out and help and ride.

Happy Trails
Mr Haven

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March update

Another month has whisked past, the days are getting shorter and it's a bit cooler, we are getting some very welcome moisture but summer is still lingering which is great.

We've almost finished the corners and the benching on the Gold Valley Challenge and we will have 90% of the track to 90% level, we are well on track to have the track all go for spring!

Then it's a winter of tweaking the Muur and AliTrack and finishing a connecting track between AliTrack and The GVC.

Ali is also plotting another track to connect Scollywood to the top of the 4WD Track.

We are also going to plant a heap of natives over winter and clear some space for some more woodlots.

We will also be having the Little Yellow Digger and the team from T5 Contracting  in mid April for some new trails to be cut.

It's been super to see so many new people (and old) out playing at Haven, help spread the word.

Come out and have some fun at Haven.

Happy Trails
Mr Haven

Monday, February 23, 2015

February Update

Here's another update.

It's been super to see some many new people out trying the tracks, it's cool to hear the laughter of people having fun and the odd ruh-roh sound as someone is giving it a go and has pushed their limits!

Please keep spreading the word, we love to see all those new tyre tracks on our trails.

We are progressing strongly on the Gold Valley Challenge - with only corner left to build out of 21 (from memory), then a couple of long traverses and then we have the long job of finalising and tidying up. We will be putting a big call out in March to give a hand pushing through these last traverses - many hands make light work!

Whilst we love summer, we are certainly looking forward to the change of seasons that will allow us to get the machines that make sparks out to tidy up, We have a tree down blocking AYUNC and Miners Track has a bit of long grass at the moment. We are planning to get to these in the next couple of weeks.

Over winter we hope to get a rock breaker into The Muur and deal to those pesky rocky corners, we will also be widening a number of corners on AliTrack - but we will still leave it as a suitable challenge.

We are also expecting the little yellow digger and the crew from T5 Contracting in March and there are cunning plans afoot to get some existing tracks finished and connected to the wider network. w00t - it's all coming together nicely!

We will leave you with some great photos on the Gold Valley Challenge and of our sturdy and stalwart trail  builder Ali that were taken last Saturday.

Until next time, may you wheels remains forever true
Mr Haven

Saturday, January 31, 2015

January Update

Another month passes at Haven, our very own boutique intermediate level mountain bike park on Banks Peninsula, and summer has certainly arrived. No rain for some time and plenty of scorching hot days with little or no wind! The grass has finally decided to stop growing so we don't need to mow every week but now we start worrying about fires!

Please be aware there is a total fire ban on and smoking is strictly forbidden at Haven.

We have been busy fighting back the growth into the trail corridor and  creating ride lines - everything is seasoning well and going great.

Monumental progress is occurring on Ali's new track - the Gold Valley Challenge, with a significant portion of the track completed. Ali tells me only 9 corners left to build! Here are a few pictures of the terrain, it's magical and will be another great place to hide from the Sun!

The digging has been surprisingly easy (touches wood), and we are progressing much faster than we imagined - that said, it goes a lot faster with more people, come out and join in the fun of building great trails.

It's been super to see so many new faces, indeed familiar faces as well, out enjoying the park and people trying us out - even in the heat of the day. Yes the weather station is still non-operational - we are working on it.

We don't have the best coverage at home, so can't always respond immediately to text, etc. 
We may also be out riding!

Still plenty of summer to be had, night riding is pretty damn good, if I say so myself, and we aren't that far away from Chur Chur.

Happy Trails
Mr Haven

Friday, January 16, 2015

Summer Riding

With the recent news of logging commencing on the Worseleys tracks, we are pleased to announce that groups of four (or more) can ride at Haven at no cost in order to check us out.

We are a 20 minute drive from Christchurch - pretty much as close as Mcleans Island but loads more fun!

To gain unfettered 24/7 access to the park, membership is required and is a very reasonable $15 for an individual for a year's access and $20 for a family.

We are a registered charity and not for profit.

We have plenty of tracks for fun and a few progressive challenges for the intermediate level rider.

Our brand new climbing track - Ali Track - is wearing in nicely, 1,000m long and 35 corners to conquer.

Think you are too pro to ride at Haven, you can always ride faster or see if you can find the hidden features for advanced riders.

Night riding is great fun and adds a new experience at Haven. Watch out for the night life though.

Grab a crew and come out for a nosey.

So no excuses, contact us to make a time to come and visit.

Happy Trails
Mr Haven

Thursday, December 11, 2014

What's it all about then?

Haven Mountain Bike Park is a not for profit boutique intermediate level cycling destination nestled in Banks Peninsula, Christchurch.

In the eight years of its conception, just over 21 kilometres of track have been built, either by hand or with small diggers. And there is a heap more planned too!

In hand with the trail building we are regenerating the land, with over 3,000 natives planted to date, this is supplementing the existing regeneration of natives, and the explosion of native birds has been awesome to watch.

We have worked hard at making the tracks accessible for new people to the sport and have a lot of fun features, our big beautiful berms are a feature and a significant point of difference.

Access is via membership of the McQueens Valley Mountain Bike Club, we have charitable status and completely not for profit. Membership is $15 for a year’s access, $20 for a family.

You are welcome to try before you buy.

Community Groups and Schools can use the park at no cost.

The Club has monthly Dig Days on the second Saturday,  come and help us build the trails. 
Help out at 2 Dig Days and membership is FREE!

If you find the Port Hills too hard and McLeans Island too easy, we’re the place for you.
 Experienced people can also enjoy the tracks, there are hidden features and they just go faster!!!

We want you to come on out and try us over Summer - long days mean plenty of time to ride and it's a blast to ride Haven at Night! Spread the word, we want new tyre tracks on our trails!

May your wheels remain forever true.
Mr Haven.