Wānaka Sun       

Mountain-bike heaven ready for riders

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 23 Jan, 2020 | By Francesca Maria Nespolo journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz

A 13-minute drive from downtown Wānaka, the South Island's newest mountain biking adventure park opens today, Thursday January 23. Set against the stunning backdrop of Glendhu Bay, Bike Glendhu is a collaboration between keen local rider John Wilson and station owners John and Emily McRae.  

When asked why he chose Wānaka for his first biking park venture he answered “We needed more places to ride and Glendhu Bay is a very special place. It will be a place where locals can come and ride and tourists will be able to enjoy outdoor activities and appreciate our amazing scenery.” 

With many helping hands involved this park has been built with the environment as its most important customer. More than 4000 native trees and shrubs have been planted and the site is powered exclusively by the sun. There will be wastewater capture and composting on site, natural cleaning products used and the facility will be SUP free – no cups. 

John McRae, a third-generation farmer at Glendhu Station, says: “We are custodians of this land and it means so much to my family. So, we're proud to be involved in a venture that is sustainable and sympathetic, while also diversifying income streams and providing something spectacular for the community and visitors.”   

 

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