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A popular motorcycle ride through the North Otago hinterland is back for the 10th year.
The Kakanui Trail Ride takes place on March 5 and 6 in the Kauru Hill area. It will take in landscapes ranging from rolling hills to river crossings and mountain tussocks, while raising funds for two local groups _ Five Forks School and the Maheno Rugby Club.
Four tracks are being created to suit all riding abilities. “Peewee” beginners will have a supervised course where they can show their skills, while experienced riders take on more challenging terrain.
The trail ride will be signposted from 10km south of Oamaru at Maheno, leading to the gathering place at 691 Kauru Hill Rd. The tracks will be open from 9am to 4pm both days.
Adults will pay $40 a day, with children under 16 charged $20 a day. A family pass, for two adults and two children, is $80 a day.
All riders will need to have spark arresters fitted to their machines if conditions are dry.
Co-organiser Jane Strang said the venture had been a successful fundraiser for the past nine years.
“We couldn’t hold this event without the generosity of farm owners allowing us access to their spectacular properties.”It meant riders would see parts of the countryside they would otherwise not be able to visit.
There will be a food tent and a second-hand motorcycle clothing shop, and riders are encouraged to take any gear they wish to sell.
Safety was taken seriously, Mrs Strang said.
“We have St John paramedics, plenty of marshalls roaming the tracks and the North Otago Search and Rescue Command Unit for communications.”All money raised would be split evenly between the school and rugby club.
“The hub of our community is the school and local rugby club, which is why we always have excellent assistance from parents and supporters,” Mrs Strang said.
For more info, phone James Symes on 027 522-6470, follow “Kakanui Trail Ride” on Facebook, or visit myrides.co.nz
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