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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.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Spring Update

Sorry I have had a lot on to update the page monthly but be assured that there has been a heap of work and fun going on at Haven!

We are having new visitors every week which is awesome, keep spreading the word, if you haven't been for a while you will be taken aback with the growth - both in the amount of tracks and also how big the trees are!

We've had another big visit by a school for their end of year outdoor camp experience - it's been great to be able to provide a venue that works for everyone and it's super to see lots of ride lines on and off the track!

The Muur and AliTrack are both riding in nicely - come out and try them out. AliTrack is freshly signposted so you can't miss out on the Climb. 

Lots of work has been put into the the trail corridor and fighting back spring growth to allow for a nice summer of riding without long grass, onga onga, thistles and other nasties.

We had a visit from some Rock Hounds from far and near and they may have found some items of interest! We've had a number pop round hunting for agates for a year or so now, they help us shape and move some of the harder rock formations so you can ride without knowing!

Ali is making huge progress on his new tracks - The Gold Valley Challenge - which is another track from top to bottom and it will be under canopy the whole way which is exciting. It will have less corners than AliTrack and progress is going great guns thanks to the extra hands, easier digging and our previous experiences!

We have plans to get the Digger out again soon to finish a few projects that we on the go as well. It's going to be an amazing year for Haven in 2015!

The rest of the tracks are riding well, a few overgrown areas that will be dealt with shortly - help us out by coming out and riding! We have an amazing sheltered picnic area in the Skills Area.

You may have noted that the weather station isn't working, just a technical glitch that thus far has not being resolved easily, we are trying another couple of things but failing that it's a new weather station! Because the weather station isn't broadcasting, the webcam is out as well, so you'll have to trust us! Typically the weather is always better than Christchurch (except when it's not!) and we are out of most winds!

Thanks for the support over the year, we've got the last official Dig Day of the year this coming Saturday, come out and lend a hand, relax or have fun on the bike!

Happy Trails
Mr Haven