Families and serious cyclists can enjoy a variety of biking activities this January thanks to Huri Huri: Wairarapa’s Bike Festival which is held at the same time as the New Zealand Cycle Classic (NZCC see below).

January 21st – 27th

Events cater for all ages and cycling abilities and include a rare opportunity to explore iconic Castlepoint sheep and beef station by biking one of three coastal tracks. On Sunday 22nd riders can choose from a 7km short loop, a 14km long loop via the beach or a 20km course option that covers Limed Road to Otahome and back. It’s a great chance for riders to bring a picnic, view the stunning coastal scenery and at the end make their way to the main Castlepoint beach as NZCC competitors finish stage one of the race. 

All funds raised from The Castlepoint Family Fun Ride will go towards the Peter Laing Memorial Trust. Laing managed Castlepoint Station for nearly 40 years and earned a reputation as a hardworking, practical man who was also a great visionary in his field. The Trust was established to grant scholarships to people with a Wairarapa connection who want to work in the agriculture sector. 

Other festival events include the Town to Tide multisport race from Masterton to Riversdale, a kids’ criterium and Pedal for Parkinsons road cycle.