As we wait for the 2019/2020 riding season to kick off, the Trails team thought it useful to share some of the strategic planning going on behind the scenes in conjunction with a range of stakeholders with interest in the Craigieburn/Castle Hill Basin area.
Over the last year, we’ve been working on identifying some of the challenges with how the track network has developed under what has been a relatively small voluntary effort, and we’ve welcomed some enthusiasm from other groups to get involved and share the load.
We’ve also been working with DoC on developing some strategic planning on both new track proposals and also maintenance schedules. To that end, DoC and the Trails team have convened a number of meetings with other stakeholders such as the local skifields, representatives from groups as diverse as local tramping groups, orienteers, school groups, concession holders, Forest & Bird, Walking Access Commission, WERT, other landowners in the Basin, etc.
Consultations with all those groups continues, but we thought it useful to share drafts of some of the proposed tracks and track maintenance schedules to show that even over the quieter months, there is activity and enthusiasm to continue with ensuring that the Craigieburn Trails continue to evolve and grow in a sustainable way.
Christchurch’s Gravity Canterbury mountain bike club are keen to help with maintenance and ideas for future development in the Craigieburn Valley. Given their enthusiasm for events like their Craigieburn Enduro races, we’re looking forward to working with them on track maintenance and development in the future.
We have plans therefore to team up for a work party this autumn on the Cockayne Alley track. The date is yet to be confirmed, we will give everyone plenty of notice.
DOC are very concerned about the number of pirate tracks in the area, and they have recently erected signs and felled trees to close a pirate track near Camp Saddle.
The Craigieburn Trails team are keen to work collaboratively with all users in the area. This started with the stakeholder meeting held at Castle Hill Village in June 2018 which identified a range of issues and future needs.
Key outcomes from that meeting included:
Understanding that demand for more challenging tracks is increasing rapidly
A need to move quickly to engage with the pirate builders and incorporate their ideas in our plans for new trail development
DOC and the trails committee are currently working on tackling this problem, including:
A strategic plan which includes a future trail development, both within the valley and further afield
An ecological survey to identify which areas of the valley are suitable for increased usage and which are not
A clear process, that the public can be directed to, around ideas for new trails
It’s important to spread the word that pirate trails impact on the environment and could jeopardise future access to this fantastic area.
An application from a supporter has been made to Transpower for funding to build a bridge over Craigieburn Stream on the Coal Pit Spur Track. The initial round of the application process was successful, so all going well we can look forward to keeping our feet dry all year round on this trail.
NOTICE: TRANS NZ 5 DAY MTB EVENT – SUNDAY FEBRUARY 25TH AND MONDAY 26TH
The Trans NZ mountain bike event is returning for its 4th year to Craigieburn. We would like to inform all those public users that use these trails of the event and the schedule for next week to ensure you have all the information and can choose to avoid the tracks to make your day more enjoyable out there! This is enduro style so only certain trails we use are being timed/raced on.
Day 1: Sunday February 25th
Climbing to Lyndon Saddle from Craigieburn Road (untimed) 9am – 10am
Please try to avoid the trails we are racing on during the times outlined above, for everyone’s safety – especially our own
Please avoid shuttling up Cheeseman Road between 11am – 3pm on Sunday February 25th for the safety of the riders on the road
Please avoid using the trail to Castle Hill Village (village end of Hogs) between 1pm – 4pm on Sunday February 25th (there is now a new up-track you can use to avoid this part of the trail)
GIVING BACK TO THE TRAILS:
Our DOC user fees comes to approximately $2,000 for this event, of which we are continually trying to work with them to see that these fees go back to the trails/clubs/communities in which we run the event
But as yet this is not the case; so we work directly with Castle Hill Village / Craigieburn Track Committee as we want to see some money going directly back into the trails. So on top of the DOC fees we donate $15 per person back into the trails from this event. The Craigieburn Trails will get a donation of $2,000 from us that can be seen to go back into the trails of the area
We truly appreciate the support of the locals and absolutely love spending time in the area every year
Please don’t hesitate to contact me, Megan, if you have any questions or concerns with any of the above. Notices of the above along with maps are now at the major trail heads until the event at the weekend. There is a wedding in the Village (Alistair Lodge) this same weekend as well, so we suspect the village (and trails) are going to be extremely busy.
We have a workparty coming up on the first weekend in December building the new 2.5km “Easy Out” track on which initial construction is about to start. This track is being put in as an uphill only track (for bikes anyway; walkers will be bidirectional) at the Castle Hill village end of the Hogs Back Track.
The Ground Effect crew will be on the scene in person(s) this time continuing their amazing support for the Craigieburn Trails.
9am, Saturday 2nd December 2017
Carpark at the Castle Hill Village end of the Hogs Back Track
We have been vaguely thinking for some time that we should formulate a policy covering the use of e-bikes on the Craigieburn Trails.
You can find our current position on permitted e-bikes here (also accessible under the Track Use/Code of Conduct menu), but it can be summarised as pedal-assist e-bikes with a motor up to 300W and no throttle are permitted on the Craigieburn Trails.
We had considered a free t-shirt for every e-bike rider, but decided against pursuing that idea… 🙂
The Craigieburn Trails team are pleased to work with DoC and the Enduro organisers in facilitating this race; there is a levy paid by each competitor which goes 100% directly back into track maintenance and future development.
Contact Megan 021-069-7707 or if you have queries/concerns.