We arrived a little late at 12:30am and quickly retreived out kit, making our way to the Goldstar motel to hit the hay. After not enough sleep we made a quick juant across town to pick up our trusty Toyota Hiace van and then reassemble the bikes. How ironic it was that the bloke that works for the airline had his bike damaged while the other guys got away unscathed! The damage was totally cosmetic though and we were soon pointing the van toward Woodhill MTB park.
Nick had the idea of acclimatising to NZ conditions by turning some wheels in this dedicated MTB park. And what a great idea it was! The park is a pay for entry jobbie which caters for all levels of skill. They have a self rated trail system going from one X to XXXXX hardcore features. Needless to say being day one in country we kept it to XXX or less!
A solid hit out saw about 30 kilometres of sandy trails under our wheels and 700 metres of climbing. All good fun and I would highly recommend the park as a day ride destination. The pro shop at the main entrance has a great selection of gear if you happen to break anything or need a gel or three to power on.
We finished up at 6:30pm with hours of daylight remaining and headed back to the motel to wash the dust off and then track down a steak or two. All very pleasant.
Early to bed tonight as Rotovegas is the first stop tomorrow. I can hardly wait to see the Redwoods.