KAITUNA RIDGES RAMBLE
Saturday 11th April 2020 / TBC
** Event details may change from below for 2020. Will keep you updated here & on Facebook **
Kaituna Ridges Farm is an outstanding property just out of Havelock, reaching up from the edges of the Pelorus Sound estuary to the rock outcrops of the steep hillsides above Kaituna Valley.
This is no ordinary farm, having featured on Country Calander in 2016, and is a past winner of the Marlborough Environmental Awards. The 5000 Romney sheep and over 200 head of cattle thrive on 800 hectares of rolling green pasture set amongst large areas of native bush. Wetlands are being restored and the bush is protected. The shade trees and pasture give way to hillsides where steepness and rocky outcrops have allowed native trees, shrubs and ferns to establish, and every turn on the track will give you a different view.
Looking down from the ridges you can see the peaceful Kaituna River winding its way towards the Pelorus Sound, the Richmond Ranges to the South, and the stunning Queen Charlotte Sound to the North.
This is your only chance each year to experience this wonderful Kaituna jewel. Whether you fancy a challenging run, walk or bike grab this opportunity and compete in this fundraising event. Or bring along the family to particiapte in a fun obstacle course, wander around the stalls, or listen to music under the shade of the tree.
12km WALK / BIKE / RUN
This is a race with prizes for 1st / 2nd / 3rd Male and Female competitors 14yrs & Over.
Please Note - With Parent/s consent 13yr & under can compete as long as you think they are capable. They will have to be accompanied by an Adult around the course and be sign in/out by them too.
The number of prizes awarded is dependent on competitor numbers (i.e. 10 Competitors or less 1st Prize only / 20 Competitors or less 1st and 2nd Prizes only / 20 Competitors or more 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prizes awarded).
To receive your prize or spot prize you have to be present in person at the Prize Giving Presentation.
The Ramble is a 12km loop course. The event will begin before the woolshed on Kaituna Ridges Farm. The route is a steady uphill climb, mainly a on 4WD track, to the first saddle with a decent drop before returning to the ridgeline and winding through beautiful beech forest. Another saddle is mastered before heading into thicker native bush, following an old gold miners trail to come out onto a ridge to begin the final decent. Kaituna Ridges Ramble is a moderately challenging and rewarding trek which requires medium level of fitness for walking and running. The mountain bike is in areas technically challenging and requires a fairly high level of fitnes to master the uphill sections. Depending on your ability Walkers are expected to take between 3 to 4 hours, for Runners 2 to 3 hours, and for Bikers approximately 3 hours.
Be prepared as good footwear is esstential, bring water, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. The track will be clearly signposted with markers, Course Mashalls positioned with water and contact to St John Volunteers for your safety. Please keep to the track and close all gates behind you.
Please note that mobile services are limited to Spark only.
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REGISTRATION FOR WALK / BIKE / RUN
Registration from 7:30am to 8:30 for participants 14yrs & Over.
Race for all competitors to start at 8:45am
ENTRY FEE FOR WALK / BIKE / RUN
$20 / Adult, $10 / Child, $50 / Family (2 Adults / 2 Children)
Cash only, Sorry NO Eftpos will be available
(It is not recomended for children 13yrs and under)
Runners are welcome to do a second loop of the track for extra personal achievement at no extra charge, please advise the Registration Desk Volunteer of your intention before heading off and make sure you are signed back in before the prize giving presentation at 1pm.
PRIZE GIVING PRESENTATION to commence at 1pm or until last participant returns.
FAMILY FUN OBSTACLE COURSE
Bring along the family and have a blast racing around the farm, jumping over and under objects, a sack race and fish out your prize from the Kaituna River. Bring a change of clothes and shoes you are more than likely to get a bit wet!! This event is designed to be inclusive and fun for you and your children with a focus on participation, and giving it a go.
ENTRY FEE $10 per Family up to Four Members
Registration Starting from 9:30am until 12noon
Cash only, Sorry NO Eftpos will be available
Pony Rides, Face Painting, and a Petting Zoo is available, bring along your gold coins and have some fun. You might want to pay it forward and buy a native tree to be planted in the area.
STAY AND ENJOY
Once you have finished unwind, relish in your achievement and enjoy the beautiful setting that Kaituna Ridges Farm has to offer. Food Stall, Coffee Cart, Marlborough Sounds Massage, Plant a Tree, Acoustic Music, Family Entertainment - something for everyone! Remember cash only, sorry no Eftpos will be available.
The physical address for the event is 76 Readers Rd, Havelock, Marlborough. There will be markers directing you in from SH6.
No dogs please. This is a smokefree event.
Postponements will be notified via our website and Facebook page the day prior to the event at Landowners discretion.
The Kaituna Ridges Ramble is a fundraising event for Pelorus Community Preschool.
Event Coordinator :- Melanie Cherry 027 911 2436