Over the last 20 years I’ve ridden the Heaphy numerous times - a mix of daggy, desperate and darn-right dangerous crossings - including as a student in Wellington, extended commutes home, subsisting on a loaf bread and a bottle of milk; a nasty trip with Giardia striking midway; and lightning crackling in the air in the Gouland Downs.
Marlborough has for some time had its biking legacy tracked out with Queen Charlotte Track (QCT). The track was ride-able in the early 90’s and possibly even earlier. It is still a jewel in the crown of classic riding in New Zealand today.
Situated in the backcountry behind the ski town of Methven, and an easy two-hour drive from Christchurch, sits the Hakatere Conservation Park: 60,000 vast hectares of rugged mountain wilderness, beech forest and crystal-clear rivers and lakes.
November 11, 2014