KAITUNA RIDGES RAMBLE

25th November 2017

For 2017 we have moved the date to later in the year so we don't coincide with any other local event, and to suit Farm activity.

Kaituna Ridges Farm is a stand out property at the base of the Pelorus Sounds enclosed within the Kaituna Valley, featuring steep hillsides clothed in pasture and native bush.  Farm Award winner of the Marlborough Environment Awards 2008/2009, and also featured on Country Calander in 2016.

The 800 hectare farm runs over 5000 Romney sheep and over 200 head of cattle.  Conservation of the remaining natural areas is a high priority with large areas of native bush within the valleys.  Native bush has been protection-fenced from livestock, and the wetlands are being restored.

Fantastic views can be gained from the ridgelines.  To the North is the picturesque Queen Charlotte Sound and Pelorus Sound, and to the South down to Kaituna Valley.  The ridges are a regular training ground for Outward Bound students.

You are warmly invited again to experience the beauty this location has to offer!!

 

THE WALK / BIKE / RUN

The Ramble is a 12km loop course.  The event will begin at the woolshed on Kaituna Ridges Farm.  The route is a steady uphill climb, mainly a on 4WD track, to the first saddle with a decent drop before returning to the ridgeline and winding through beautiful beach forest.  Another saddle is mastered before heading into thicker native bush, following an old gold miners trail to come out onto a ridge to begin the final decent.  Depending on your ability Walkers are expected to take between 3 to 5 hours, for Runners 2 to 3 hours, and for Bikers approximately 3 hours.

The track will be clearly signposted with markers. Please keep to the track and close all gates behind you.  

 

FITNESS REQUIRED 

Kaituna Ridges is a moderately challenging and rewarding trek which requires medium level fitness for walking or running.  The mountain bike is in areas technically challenging and requires a fairly high level of fitness to master the uphill sections.  This trek is not recommened for children under 10yrs.

 

REGISTRATION

Registration from 8.00am to 10.00am

Once registered participants can set off at their leisure!  Take it as fast or slow as you like as it is not a race but a personal challenge.

 

ENTRY FEE

$20 / Adult, $5 / Child, $40 / Family (2A/2C)

Cash only, Sorry NO Eftpos will be available

(It is not recomended for children under the age of 10yrs)

 

GETTING THERE

Kaituna Ridges Farm is on Readers Road on the right hand side of SH6 if travelling from Blenheim, or approximately 3km after Havelock on left if travelling from Nelson (turn-off before the large piles of mussel shells). From the Readers Road turn-off follow the gravel road for approx 1.5km.  Parking will be in the paddock adjacent to the woolshed which will be clearly signposted when you arrive at the Farm gates.  Physical address is 76 Readers Rd, Havelock, Marlborough.

 

STAY AND RELAX

Once you have finished unwind, relish in your achievement and enjoy the beautiful setting that Kaituna Ridges Farm has to offer.  Live acoustic music and a Food Stall with BBQ food, Homemade Baking, and Hot & Cold Refreshments.  Cash Only, Sorry NO Eftpos will be available.

 

HEALTH AND SAFETY

There will be three Marshall stations on the track with First Aid Kits and water available.  Medical Volunteers will be on hand.  Participants are advised to carry their own personal requirements (food, water, first aid etc).  There will be a Marshall on 4wd motorbike sweeping the course after the last registered participant has started the trek.

No dogs please.  This is a smokefree event.

 

BE PREPARED

It is advised that you carry with you :-

  • Mobile Phone

  • Food, Energy Snacks

  • Sunhat, Suncream, Sunglasses

  • Binoculars

  • Water/Windproof Jacket

  • Basic First Aid

  • Camera

  • GOOD FOOTWEAR IS ESSENTIAL!! 

The Ramble will go ahead rain, hail or shine!!

 

RATBAGS RAMBLE

A simple and fun map way finding course for children to explore the Farm.

Marlborough Orienteering Club will be course mapping this event where you will visit controls in a particular order.

Bring the family - mountain buggy friendly!!

Children under 10yrs must be accompanied by an Adult.

Registration 8.00 - 9.30am 

$5 per person (Cash Only, sorry no Eftpos available)

 

FUN FOR THE CHILDREN!!  

Finished exploring the Farm in the Ratbags Ramble, stay and play!!

BOUNCY CASTLE and FACE PAINTING for the young and young at heart (gold coin donation)

 

SPONSORSHIP

This year we are proud to announce that the Kaituna Ridges Ramble has once again been kindly sponsored by Pelorus Area Health Trust.

 

The Kaituna Ridges Ramble is a fundraising event for Pelorus Community Preschool.

CONTACT 

Event Organiser :- Melanie Cherry 027 911 2436

peloruscommunitypreschool@xtra.co.nz