Huri Huri News
14 December 2016
If donning lycra and warming up the roads for the world’s leading road cyclists in the New Zealand Cycle Classic, or mountain biking along the Ruamahanga River isn’t your thing, then there is an alternative way of getting on your bike this Wellington Anniversary Weekend.
Those awfully lovely bike people at Blackwell and Sons, New Zealand’s only distributors of the hand-built British Pashley Bicycle, are putting on a ‘Very Posh Pashley Picnic’ at Stella Bull Park in Greytown, as part of next month’s Huri Huri Bike Festival.
Blackwell and Sons, Adam Blackwell, is inviting people to ‘air their tweeds’ and bike the Greytown to Woodside Trail and picnic at the iconic park in Greytown, where there will be entertainment from a jazz band, ‘spiffing’ games, prizes for the best dressed rider and bike, and other special surprises.
“People are always scratching around for something to do on Wellington Anniversary Weekend and the event combines a whole day of really unique things most people would never have the chance to do,” he explained. “Visitors from Wellington can combine a fun train trip with a lovely ride out along the trail from Woodside to one of the most beautiful towns in the Wairarapa, and then sit in a splendid park, hear Dixieland Jazz and have a picnic lunch.
“The White Swan Hotel is putting together very posh Pashley picnic hampers containing some English-inspired fare, like sandwiches with the crusts cut off and little cakes, so the whole idea is that you celebrate the Englishness of an afternoon tea with your bicycle in a park setting – how very civilised,” he added.
The Very Posh Pashley Picnic takes place on Saturday 23 January between 11am-4pm and is open to anyone with or without a bike. Visitors from Wellington are encouraged to leave the city on the 9.55am train to Woodside Station and return back at the end of the afternoon on the 4.09pm train, arriving in Wellington at 5.17pm.
Picnic lunches can be ordered ahead from The White Swan, Greytown, by ringing 06 304 8894. For more information on Huri Huri Bike Festival events visit www.hurihuri.co.nz.