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E-bike festival coming to Arrowtown


Riders will descend on Arrowtown in November for a weekend of curated trail experiences, in New Zealand’s inaugural Cyclorama.

On November 13 and 14, e-bike riders from across New Zealand will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for bespoke adventures and fun trails curated to complement the natural surroundings and regional heritage.

Event organiser Dave Gibson says that while international travel is still restricted, Cyclorama is the perfect chance for the growing number of Kiwi e-bike riders to take part in an event that is specially designed for them. “We are offering a weekend with a great mix of fun activities, unique experiences and the chance to experience the incredible rivers, lakes and mountains that Arrowtown and its surrounds are famous for,” he says.

The festival will boast nine different trails and rides themed around birdwatching, art, beer and wine tasting plus a special ‘Tour de Gourmet’. More adventurous riders will be able to stretch themselves with a mountain ride dubbed ‘Cyclopath’.

Complementing the rides will be a weekend of trade stalls and entertainment based on Arrowtown’s Butlers Green, where bike retailers will showcase bikes and accessories.

The weekend will also offer a special orienteering event for families taking place on Sunday afternoon, themed around Arrowtown’s goldmining history.

The full programme is on the website www.cyclorama.co.nz.


 

Cruise into Mega Motorcycles: Mega Motorcycle Centre


Mega Motorcycle Centre has become a hub for Canterbury motorcyclists and anyone who loves bikes. Formerly known as Budget Motorcycle Spares, it has grown, as the new name suggests, into a biker’s paradise of mega proportions. “Mega Motorcycle Centre is very much a one stop-shop for everything to do with motorcycling,” says Mega Motorcycle Centre’s Sam Davison.

 

What started a shop for spares, accessories, and riding apparel, has grown exponentially into a fully-fledged engineering facility with engine tuning, dyno testing and other mechanical work.

“We can carry out any form of mechanical tuning or upgrades to your bike,” says Sam.

Also, Sam, Dennis and the team of tight-knit mechanics and technicians are some of the most passionate motorcycle enthusiasts around. They know their stuff and can take on everything from a simple service to a full engine rebuild.

Mega Motorcycle Centre also welcomes any brand of bike into the shop. The team knows what unites keen motorcyclists is the love of the ride, regardless of what they are into.

So, whether you get your kicks on your Harley-Davidson Softail Cruiser, or your Ducati 916 Sports Bike, you are more than welcome at Mega Motorcycle Centre, 334 Wilsons Road, Waltham, Christchurch.

 


 

Hair-raising Hanmer


Not just a relaxing alpine resort, Hanmer Springs is its own adventurer’s paradise. Outdoor activities in the area are plentiful no matter the season. Here’s Metropol’s picks of the North Canterbury township’s adrenaline fixes for the summer seasons.

 

 

WHEELY FUN
Explore secluded mountain valleys on four wheels with a quad bike tour, or soak up the scenery on a mountain bike. Ease your muscles with a post-ride soak in the thermal pools to finish a day of adventuring.

SHOOT ‘EM UP
A local clay bird shooting and archery range make for some heart rate rising action. Challenge your friends and family to see who can shoot the most clays in a claybird shoot out, and who can get closest to the bullseye in an archery comp.

ON THE WATER
If you need speed in your adventure repertoire, jet boating is a great way to get your heart pumping. Or, why not try white water rafting? Take advantage of local operators offering these exciting activities on the Waiau River and Gorge, just a short drive from Hanmer’s township.

JUMP!
The quintessential Kiwi adventure activity: Bungy Jumping. Pay homage to the locally invented adrenaline pumper by throwing yourself 35-metres off the 135-year-old Ferry Bridge. Don’t worry, you’ll be tied on!


 

Join the Rayvolution


Being an automotive writer, I’ll have a go at anything; especially when it has an element of fun – and wheels.

 

With the advance of technology and capability of new and improved battery life we are seeing a surge of cost-effective electric vehicles.

This of course brings into the limelight the electric bicycle.

I have not ridden one before so when Greg Sneddon from Rayvolt offered me the opportunity to test one for a bit, I did. On a beautiful day in the garden city, I had a run through with the Rayvolt Cruzer.

Rayvolt are based in Spain and produce a wide range of what I would call bespoke, steampunk-style bicycles.

Think gun metal, Clockwork Orange and English racing green, along with leather seating and carrier bags to provide a very “yesteryear” feel.

Download the ELVA app to customise all your settings, from speed right through to effort ratios. It also has music and a GPS.

I decided to just go with the fastest option with the least amount of effort and I was off on a thrill of a ride. Using 13 electric cells with 48V and 10.5 Amp Hours (ah) on the standard battery and 48.21 on the duel – you have quite an amazing range of 120km.

Sailing round North Hagley park was sheer exhilarating fun. Overall, the experience was well worth it; 10 out of 10 and that’s just for fun.

Yesterday’s charm, tomorrow’s technology, today’s fun. If you’re looking at an electric bicycle, you might as well join the Rayvolution.


 

Quest for Queenstown


With travel overseas being postponed or cancelled, it’s important to remember what we have in our own backyard. Just a few short hours away, Queenstown has always been an international tourism hub for New Zealand, but it might be high time we put on our tourist hats and explore what this southern spot has to offer. We’ve pulled together some year-round attractions that are worth checking out.

 

 

  1. TAKE A HIKE! Queenstown offers a range of walking tracks and trails for all levels of fitness. Whether you prefer a short local, day long or even a multi-day walking adventure, a guided hike or an independent walking trip, there is a Queenstown walking or hiking option for you.
  2. DON’T BE A LUGER: The benefits of Queenstown being a tourist-centric location is that you’ll often find more than one attraction together. The Skyline Queenstown luge is conveniently placed at the top of the gondola. So, you can get gondola and luge packages!
  3. ALL THE EATS: With more than 150 bars and restaurants, the food scene is always buzzing in Queenstown. Whether it be new craft beer bars, cafes or restaurants popping up, food tours, or inventive new dishes, there’s always something new, creative and exciting to try.
  4. ICE, ICE BABY: Something that was worth highlighting was the fact that Queenstown has not one, but two ice bars. Yes.. that is bars entirely made from ice – from the seats right down to the glasses.
  5. BOTTOMS UP! Queenstown is brimming with craft beer bars and breweries. Why not jump on a local craft beer tour? If wine is your thing, the wineries in Queenstown and nearby Gibbston, the ‘Valley of Vines’, have a reputation for producing some of the world’s best pinot noir and you can find your favourite vintage taking in local cellar doors and restaurants. Even cocktail lovers can get their fill, with inventive and unique cocktails available at most restaurants and bars.
  6. GET ON YOUR BIKE: Cycling tours and mountain biking trails in Queenstown are a great way to explore and discover remote parts of this beautiful region! The Queenstown Trail has more than 130kms of off-road trails taking you from Queenstown to Gibbston via historic Arrowtown. Cross-country, trail riding, heli, downhill… whatever your cycling or mountain biking style, Queenstown’s got the terrain, rental and guides to suit everyone’s kind of ride.
  7. GET UP THE GONDOLA: Providing panoramic views of Queenstown, there’s only one way to really see the infamous resort town – from above!