Cycle Journeys hopes to open depot in Oamaru

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A Twizel-based cycle tour company is hoping to open a depot in Oamaru to make it easier for the growing numbers of people cycling the Alps 2 Ocean trail.

Cycle Journeys, which opened a few years ago, hopes to start by employing someone in Oamaru to provide a services before setting up a physical depot when cycle numbers have grown.

Cycle Journeys chairman Geoff Gabites said it will be a staged development because at the moment there is not enough business operating out of Oamaru to open a physical depot.

However, because the market has grown significantly, they are looking for someone who can operate a shuttle in the lower Waitaki region for a start.

If it continues to grow at the same rate they would most likely create a physical depot in Oamaru, Mr Gabites said.

Having a presence here would encourage more people from Oamaru and Dunedin to do the trail because they would have a method of transport from where they have cycled to, he said.

“It’s exciting for us.”

Cycle Journeys may also look at bringing bicycles to Oamaru for maintenance because of the limited services in Twizel, the chairman said.

They will look at finding a person to provide the Oamaru services in the next couple of months with the season looking to start in September or October.

By RUBY HARFIELD

PHOTO: RUBY HARFIELD

OAMARU DEPOT: Cycle Journeys chairman Geoff Gabites with tourists Cathy Liuyang (left) and Lee Litao in Oamaru who cycled the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail in April.