The Whale Trail section from Blenheim to Seddon opened on December 13th and it’s already seen a steady stream of riders. Winding its way over the Redwood Pass this section of the trail has views out to sea, and up the valley to Tapuae-o-Uenuku standing guard over the Inland Kaikōura range.
The new cycleway across the historic Awatere road/rail bridge is a very special part of the trail, don’t forget to check out the mural! Once you’ve crossed the bridge and taken your selfie you can continue on to Seddon and get some well-deserved refreshments at the Cozy Corner, a coffee at Hazbeanz, or a real fruit ice cream at the Seddon supermarket.
So, if you’re looking for a local fun cycle ride this summer the Whale Trail is the perfect excursion. Do remember that you’re riding on shared roads at times, and cars may not be expecting you. Be mindful that normal road rules apply and consider wearing clothing that helps drivers identify a rider.
The Whale Trail is generously supported by a huge range of private landowners, Iwi and other stakeholders who will be excited to see you out there. Take the time to say hello if you happen across them, and remember, you’re an ambassador for every user of the Whale Trail.