Sickman wrote:Laurence wrote:
Weather-wise Winter is perfect for the West Coast. The period of May - Oct has been specifically identified as a dry weather season. ie. no nor'west winds. Any wet patches along the tops will likely be frozen!
As a Westport local, I can confirm Laurence is correct in that we have our some of our best weather during May-Sept. Currently while the rest of the country has been been having bad weather for the last 3 weeks (especially in CHCH) it has been clear skies with rather crisp mornings with great after work riding conditions. Us locals actually do most of our MTB riding during winter as summer time is our road bike season and time for long tramping missions. Spring is the wettest time of the year in the Buller region when we get the Nor'west rain. We get nasty storms anytime of the year but Spring/Summer probably the worst for that. Our winters are pretty mild (especially compared to CHCH) and normally only get a couple of frosts in Westport.
The weather will be good just take a rain coat.
DogsBollocks wrote:+1 for the Hilton. They are well used to MTB'ers and the beer comes in glass pitchers, cold, followed by large hot meals and great hospitality. Well priced and a good breakie as well
DogsBollocks wrote:Cool. Mate, give us a rundown on the Croseus once you get back will ya, how long, times, track conditions in the weather etc. We are thinking of going over late November and even though I'm originally from that side of the island I've never done the track. We're gonna go from Ch-Ch early one morning, do the track and stay the night and I like to have timing etc sussed before we leave. Cheers, and have a good trip.
inzane wrote:DogsBollocks wrote:Cool. Mate, give us a rundown on the Croseus once you get back will ya, how long, times, track conditions in the weather etc. We are thinking of going over late November and even though I'm originally from that side of the island I've never done the track. We're gonna go from Ch-Ch early one morning, do the track and stay the night and I like to have timing etc sussed before we leave. Cheers, and have a good trip.
Bit of a write up of riding Croesus over here http://mountainbikingzane.wordpress.com ... 09-part-1/
I would say you would want good intermediate skills for riding a technical track to enjoy the Croesus and a decent full suspension trail type bike will make the trip a bit easier.
The time it takes really depends on who you are, how you ride and how fast you ride. Most times I have been in there it has taken about 4 to 5 hours for a round trip, but we are generally pretty quick. Kennet Bros say about 6 hours for a round trip, but it could be longer than this if taken at a really leisurely pace! There are a number of mining relics up in there including one of the most complete battery/crusher setups I have ever seen out in the middle of nowhere. Historically interesting imagining how the old miners got on!
There are a lot of loose rocks sticking out of the trail surface in a number of sections. Bit like trying to ride up a flat bit of riverbed but then there are long sections of loamy stuff under the trees as well. The track is totally different to anything you will meet over Canterbury way! It rides well in the dry or wet (and to be honest, even if it is a dry day the track will be wet in many places!!).
Definitely a great place to go for a ride, especially if staying at the Hilton!! Take plenty of food and warm clothes and have fun!!
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