The Catlins Great Escape
The Catlins Great Escape Bike Journey 12-13 April 2014
Click here for full details and entry form for this Bike and Walk Journey, Beach, Waterfall and Rainforest Tour.
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Day 1 – Remote Beach Ride
Owaka to Tautuku (50km)
12th April 2014 – Today your journey will give you stunning photographic opportunities. Start your day at The Catlins Café with Tea and Scones. You will bike along remote gravel roads, over farmland, through magnificent native rainforest and along Tahakopa Bay a sandy bay surrounded by coastal Podocarp forest. Along the way you will stop at Purakaunui Falls for a short walk, call in and visit The Lost Gypsy and after a fairly steep climb enjoy the views at Florence Hill Lookout. After your adventure you will head towards Tautuku Outdoor Recreation Centre your venue for your overnight stay. Enjoy dinner a dance or two before heading off to bed. Entertainment by the Catlins famous Possum Pickers!
Day 2 – Sunrise at Cathedral Caves
Tautuku to Curio Bay (50km)
13th April 2014 – We will start early this morning and take a special trip – Sunrise at Cathedral Caves! These grand imposing caves are one of the well-known Catlins coastal attractions. You will then journey through the Catlins Coastal Rainforest, home to ancient podocarps that emerge over a canopy broadleaved plants that create a rich understory, and a forest that still supports a good number of rare native bush birds. You will travel along the Southern Scenic Route stopping off at more waterfalls before resting with lunch at Niagara Café. After enjoying a wonderful meal you will head to the finish at Curio Bay. Curio Bay is of international significance for its fossilised forest dating back to years old and the forest was alive when New Zealand was part of Gondwanaland. From Curio Bay we head to the historic fishing town of Waikawa. Here we take time to visit the Waikawa Museum, back on your bike towards Curio Bay where your journey ends
For more details contact Kim Dodds 03 415 8954 or 027 5337876