It is less than 2 weeks until the official opening of Waitawa Regional Park, Auckland’s newest Regional Park that was purchased with recreation in mind. And one of those recreational activities is MTB! Club stalwart Gabb has been busy working with the Regional Parks staff creating a network of tracks that take in the awesome views of the Hauraki Gulf and Kawakawa Bay as well as twisting through some of the existing mature native forest. The Old School Party Groove downhill trail to the beach is already getting thumbs up from the Freaky Styley Fat Tyre crew!
Trail construction has been very recent and Gabb would like to invite Club members along to a preview ride to help pack them down for the Opening. The caveat is that we want you to give a few hours towards some trail work on various spots we would like tweaked before Opening – yes, a Working Bee!
The plan is for you to arrive at Waitawa Regional Park at 10:30 – don’t be late as we have to let you in the gate! It takes around 50 minutes from central Auckland (park entrance is 13km beyond Clevedon township) and you can find the entrance on this Google Map or read up about it all here.
We’ll then convoy to the MTB carpark to gear up and start with a downhill to the beach (the aforementioned Old School Party Groove) carrying on to take in all the tracks that will feature as the network for the Opening (there are quite a few more tracks that are planned, some are even already cut out but not rideable). We’ll be done by around 12:45 where you can fill up with your BYO lunch (we’ll have some water and energy drinks for you) before getting stuck in with a little bit of trail work. Bring sturdy footwear (important), gloves and tools if you can (spades or track tools are best). If you arrive with a small crew of mates, we are happy to give your group and area to work on and get that warm fuzzy “we built this” feeling.
It is important that Gabb knows you are coming – contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0220 STYLEY (789539).
It’s great to see the MTB options in Auckland continue to expand and we’d like to credit the folks at Auckland City Regional Parks (South) for a lot of that progress.