Kaituna Ridges Ramble
Saturday 23rd March 2024
A spectacular 12km walk, run or bike
Kaituna Ridges Farm is an outstanding property just out of Havelock, reaching up from the edges of the Pelorus Sound estuary to the rock outcrops of the steep hillsides above Kaituna Valley.
This is no ordinary farm, having featured on Country Calander in 2016, and is a past winner of the Marlborough Environmental Awards. The 800 hectares of rolling green pasture is set amongst large areas of native bush. Wetlands are being restored and the bush is protected. Looking down from the ridges you can see the peaceful Kaituna River winding its way towards the Pelorus Sound, the Richmond Ranges to the south, and the stunning Queen Charlotte Sound to the north - every turn on the track will give you a different view.
This is your only chance each year to experience this wonderful Kaituna jewel. Whether you fancy a challenging run, walk or mountain bike grab this opportunity and participate in this fundraising event.
This is not a race but a personal challenge. Register then set off at your own pace.
The Ramble is a challenging 12km loop course. The event will begin in the paddock past the woolshed on Kaituna Ridges Farm. The route is a steady uphill climb, mainly on a 4WD track, to the first saddle, with a decent drop before returning to the ridgeline and winding through beautiful beech 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 descent.
Kaituna Ridges Ramble is a testing but rewarding trek which requires medium level of fitness for walkers and runners. There are some challenging sections on a bike - some steep climbs and rooty parts. Depending on your ability, walkers are expected to take between 3 to 4 hours, runners 2 to 3 hours, bikers 2 to 3 hours.
Please Note: Children 13yr and under must be accompanied by an adult around the course.
WHAT TO BRING
Water and snacks
Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat
Camera to capture the stunning views
The track will be clearly signposted with markers. Course Marshalls will be positioned with water and have contact directly to St John Volunteers for your safety. Please keep to the track as marked with pink fluro tags, and close all gates behind you.
Please note that mobile services are limited to Spark network only.
See our facebook page www.facebook.com/KaitunaRidgesRamble and follow us for upcoming event information.
REGISTRATION AND ENTRY FEE
Eventfinda Pre-registration - $30 / adult, $10/child 12 and under. Buy tickets here
On-the-day entry - $35/adult, $10/child 12 and under. Register between 8am and 9am and start when you're ready.
FOOD STALL & COFFEE CART
Pelorus Community Preschool will be selling a range of delicious food and a coffee cart will be available.
CASH ONLY PLEASE
The physical address for the event is 76 Readers Rd, Havelock, Marlborough. There will be markers directing you in from SH6.
No dogs please. This is a smokefree event.
Postponements will be notified via our website and Facebook page the day prior to the event at Landowners discretion.
The Kaituna Ridges Ramble is a fundraising event for Pelorus Community Preschool.
Event Coordinators :- Kirsa Sowman 027 228 8985