Saturday, December 26

Teeing up for Summer...

No, they're not the winners of this summer's Mr & Miss Kaiteriteri competition (that local calendar highlight takes place on New Year's Day) but whoever struts their stuff wearing our tees is almost guaranteed to carry off the crown!

Even if the catwalk isn't your scene, you'll still look good and feel even better, knowing that by buying a MTB Park t-shirt you're helping to fund future track building.

To make it easy for you, we've priced them at just $20. If you're visiting the Park, they're available at the Kaiteriteri Store. Otherwise, email to order one (p&p $4.50).

You can even save $5 with a cap and t-shirt combo! $35 for the pair (p&p $5.50) marks you out as a Park supporter who's doing their bit to advance our trail network.

With Kaiteriteri rapidly filling up, it's great to see the tracks getting so much use. Cars with bike racks are becoming more common than cars with boat trailers. Maybe it's our big sign by the Kaiteriteri turn-off that's bringing them in. Maybe it's just that the word is out that there's riding for everyone, from beginner to expert, and that there's no better way to wash off the dust afterwards than a dip in the sea.

Thanks to Craig Skillicorn for this telephoto pic from the Flamin' Nora lookout...

Saturday, December 12

And to cap it all...

While the coolest place to be at Kaiteriteri this summer is up on the mtb tracks, the coolest thing to wear down on the beach is one of our caps.
At just $20, they probably represent about the best xmas present you could gift to someone special this year, unless you'd rather be the one attracting all the attention yourself...

Our Park logo looks terrific on all four colour options: black, royal blue, red & navy blue.

Contact us at to order (p&p $4.50 for 1-2 caps; $5.50 for 3 or more.)
Alternatively, the Kaiteriteri Store has stock, including dinky little bells for just $3. If bike bling is your thing, or you just want to make sure you don't have any unpleasant encounters on the tracks, these are a pretty useful accessory.
All sale proceeds go to funding track development.

Meanwhile, with the Opening behind us and the cessation of weekly working bees for the summer, a few keen trackies have turned their attention to some old favourites.
Before there was a Mountain Bike Park, there was little more than a few firebreaks that dropped down from spurs off the top ridge. Because of the extreme steepness at the top, they are high maintenance tracks and, if neglected for too long, deep ruts form in the soft granite soils.
This weekend, Kaiteriteri veterans Michael Brewer, Craig Skillicorn & Guy Trainor spent several hours carrying out remedial work on Flamin' Nora & Velocity. It was hot work but the reward comes with the fantastic views and riding the freshly-groomed tracks afterwards!
They're by no means finished so, if any locals want to do their bit to keep these tracks open & rideable, don't be shy...

Monday, December 7

eh, that was Grand...

On November 16, 2008, 13 of us gathered for our first working bee at the Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve Board's overflow boat trailer park. It also served as a dumping ground for years of accumulated rubbish (old posts, broken culverts, rusted steel) and did not look a promising site for what we wanted to become the entry point for our track network.

On December 6, 2009, a transformed trailer park provided a superb venue for the Grand Opening of the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park (KMTBP). Gone was the rubbish, replaced instead by a view out over Kaiteriteri's famous estuary. A perfectly sculpted earth bund wall now demarcates the road entrance track, Pump Track & planned skills area and start of Salivater from the area retained by the Board for their parking needs.
It was within this area that we assembled on Sunday morning for the ceremonies. Following the opening karakia, it was into the speeches in which all paid tribute to the many individuals, volunteers & local businesses that had contributed to the project.
The speed at which the Park had come into being was a recurring theme of these speeches - a real testament to what can be achieved when a community gets behind a good cause!

The Park was then officially opened by the cutting of a ribbon by Tasman District Mayor Richard Kempthorne, attended by (from left) KRRB Chairman, Peter King, DOC Nelson Marlborough Conservator Neil Clifton, DOC Motueka Area Manager Martin Rodd, KMTBP Project Manager Guy Trainor, KRRB Manager Rob Guild, and KMTBP Chairman Mike Kirkwood.

Attention then turned to the unveiling of the pou by local iwi members. Carver Tim Wraight explained how the figurehead, representing an ancestor of great mana, both welcomed bikers and provided protection over them while using the Park.
Carved from local totara and sited on a mound, it strikes a commanding pose overlooking our entranceway and skills area.

The planting of a miro then followed, symbolising the birth of our new venture. These proceedings were a reminder to us all of the responsibility we carry in developing this wonderful resource.

This was also the cue for us to don helmets and grab bikes for the mass ride. Richard Kempthorne, Guy Trainor & Neil Clifton led out a large contingent of riders of all ages for a leisurely lap of the benched track circuit. For many it was their first foray onto the tracks and they were clearly impressed with what they discovered! At the Tank intersection, some of the more adventurous spun off to explore the more challenging tracks while the majority of us made our way through to the circuit exit and back along the road to the trailer park.
Immediately following the departure of the mass ride, Martin Rodd led a group on a walk-through of Salivater & Half-Pipe. For these largely less-confident riders, it was a reassuring look at the type of tracks that we hope will see them becoming regular Park users.

Meanwhile, the Pump Track was going off! All of Mike Kirkwood's fine-tuning was paying off as some skillful riders demonstrated perfect pumping technique. The action wasn't limited to them, however, as people of all ages were queueing up to have a crack. It was a new experience for most and a good insight into how their riding skills could be quickly improved with a bit of practice.
Concurrent with the PT show was the Mystery Time Trial where it was revealed that Mayor Kempthorne, an enthusiastic recreational mtber, had set the time to match. Many tried but lucky Robin Thompson snared the $50 Shoreline Cafe & Bar voucher by coming within 20 secs.
Shortly after 12.30 Jane Rose & Jenny Dore led off a posse of women for their bike skills w/shop, which they then split into two groups based on ability. They all eventually arrived back long after most had packed up and left! The big grins and excited looks on the faces of the participants was great to see. With Jane & Jenny's excellent coaching, women who had never been on off-road mtb tracks before were finishing by coming down Half-Pipe's Intermediate-grade switchbacks, while other's had picked up tips that they'll be able to pass onto their 'more-experienced' partners (if they're lucky :-)
The bike shops all chipped in with some great spot prizes which added to the fun & festivity of the occasion. The committee did a fantastic job sizzling the sausages, selling the carrot cake & merchandise and keeping the action rolling. All in all, not a bad way to celebrate our Opening...

A video of the day will shortly be forthcoming. Meanwhile, if anyone has any good photos of some of the action, we'd love to get them up on the blogpsot. Send to

Wednesday, December 2

A sign of things to come...

This is the sign to look for next time you come to Kaiteriteri. Located on Martin Farm Rd, just 100m from the beach, it's the gateway to the Park's hub at the site of the Recreation Reserve's Trailer Park.

The entrance track leads you onto a wide, flat area where you'll find the Pump Track and the start of our track network.

At Sunday's December 6 Opening, local iwi members will unveil & dedicate a pou especially carved for the occasion by local artisan Tim Wraight. The pou symbolises Maori relationship with the land and will welcome bikers as they enter the Park.

Also to be unveiled is our map & information kiosk. The panel has been prepared by Peter Laufkotter of Signcraft, who has patiently coped with our many revisions. Together with our freely-available (or downloadable) maps, no-one need have any excuse for getting lost!
Above, Patrick Ryan is installing the posts for the kiosk. Patrick and his bike began appearing on the Kaiteriteri tracks about 6 months ago. He soon become a regular at our Sunday morning working bees (see Archives) and it wasn't long before we co-opted him onto the committee. He's one of those people who you can ask to do something and he just gets on and does it. Except that Patrick's a builder and how many can you say that about!

He erected the gateway entrance for us recently and last week came straight to the Park after his day's work and installed the treads for our newest bridge.
The sturdy, steel framework for this 4m long bridge was donated by Doug Sharland of Sharland Engineering. Doug has been riding the old Kaiteriteri Forest tracks for years so we hope he enjoys the new trails being made. Robbie Flowers, NZ Sales Manager of Waimea Sawmilling Ltd., is another who's getting to spend a bit of time on the tracks, whether on his bike or in his running shoes. Robbie has arranged for WaiSaw to meet all of our timber requirements!

It's this sort of support, whether from our weekly volunteers or the local business community, that assures us that the Park is going to have a great future...