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Lifestyle choice . . . Rob Connolly will ferry riders for Art on Bikes, the Waitaki Arts Festival's closing day celebration of art. Riders will encounter parks and gardens as they follow the last section of the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail from Weston to Friendly Bay. PHOTO: HAMISH MACLEAN

Bikes and the arts will combine on Sunday as part of the inaugural Waitaki Arts Festival.

Art on Bikes will follow the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail’s Oamaru section and feature stops to consider parks, bugs, birds, and rocks along the way.

It starts at Weston and finishes at Friendly Bay.

The first stop in the tour will feature Christchurch entomologist Ruud Kleinpaste, host of Animal Planet’s Buggin’ with Ruud, sharing facts about the bug world at the Waitaki Community Gardens, followed by rock hunting at the Oamaru Public Gardens.

At the final stop, Takaro Park, those taking part will make seed bombs, while younger riders can tackle a bike bug obstacle course.

Hire bikes and transport to the start of the trail would be available but people could join in anywhere on the trail, Waitaki Arts Festival director Frances McElhinney said.

Rob Connolly, of Vertical Ventures, who will ferry riders around for Arts on Bikes, said it was an ideal day out for everyone.

“It’s a great opportunity for visitors, locals and families really to get out and cycle part of the A2O.

“I think it’s a great idea. It’s a bit of a celebration of the spring, really, to get out and see what’s going on.

“I think it’s really, really cool – a bike is a great vehicle to get around on.”