Te Anau trail ride one of the best

The fourth annual Te Anau Basin Trail ride was held at Te Anau Downs Station for the second time last weekend. Photo: Chris Watson

THE fourth annual community fundraiser Te Anau Basin Trai ride featured amazing views and must-do photo stops last Saturday.

With a limit of 500 people in total due to Covid-19 restrictions, riders ranged in age from 5-70 years in three main family trails, Advanced and Extreme.

Organiser Perrin Brown said the weather was cold with drizzle earlier in the day, ‘‘which is good for riding just a bit uncomfortable in the car park”.

“The riders were extremely grateful that the ride was put on for them, thought it was really well organised and had fantastic trails and amazing views with riders coming from as far
away as Christchurch.

“The rider conduct was outstanding on the day, very few injuries or damaged bikes to pick up, people were extremely helpful and friendly out on the trails.’’

Te Anau had some fantastic scenery and as the organisers kept adding new terrain, the interest kept increasing, Brown said.

“Registrations were taken online only on the Monday prior to the event. It’s looking like our most successful year even with the restrictions.’’

The event raised funds for local groups: Te Anau Pony Club, Southern Stars Childcare and Fiordland Netball Club.

“We had a comprehensive event, Covid-19, safety management plans — signed off by Motorcycling NZ — that meets the government rules and MNZ requirements for running an outdoor sporting event in Red traffic light setting, he said.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, the Southland Cross Country Series – XCountry was raced in hot and dry conditions at Te Anau Downs Station, run by the Gore and Districts Motorcycle Club as a full MNZ (Motorcycling New Zealand) event.

The Junior overall honours went to Blake Affleck, with Michael Buchanan second and Hayden Scott third. The Senior overall winner was Sam Robbie, with Jesse Wright second and Jack Symon third, Brown said.

“There was really positive feedback regarding the riding and the beautiful scenery over the whole weekend.

‘‘We would like to thank the Te Anau Downs owners and staff for lending us their fantastic property. Next year we will return to where we started, Mararoa Station, and this will give the farm a break for a couple of years and to benefit different charities.’’

To find out more, go to the Te Anau Basin Trailride page on Facebook.