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Specialized Dig Day Queenstown

Specialized Dig Day, Outside Sports NZ

Love living and riding in Queenstown? Want to help build and maintain the local trails? 

Here's your chance to get a taste of what trail building is about - get involved and give back to the mighty Queenstown trails for an evening. Riders of all levels (and non-riders) are encouraged to come out, cut some new lines, earn some trail karma and have a hand in expanding the formidable local trail network.

The Queenstown MTB Club, along with experienced trail builders and local good sorts will lead digging on a new trail close to town. Work will be focussed on some sweet hand built single track. No name until it's built!

The Specialized NZ team will be there digging, as well as supporting volunteers with food, drinks, tools and maybe some bikes for a quick ride afterwards! We will be rolling on downtown afterwards with support from Atlas Bar.


Friday 18th November

Meet at Bottom of Skyline Gondola, Brecon Street.
2 groups with safety briefing to be given at these times.
• Early group -4pm 
• Later (after work) group 6pm

Dig will be from 4pm – 8pm
We will be cutting a new trail
We will be accessing the dig site via the Skyline Gondola, then walking across to start of Hammy’s. 
The Dig will be higher up above Hammy’s track and will be clearly signposted.

Skyline to provide free access for volunteers - Thanks Skyline!

Season pass holders can go up when they want

Specialized Team will put on a mean BBQ for volunteers down at the lake front from 8pm


- Pick, shovel, grubber, rake, pruning saw, garden snips if you have them. Some tools will be provided, but it would be a big help if you can bring your own to lend to others if needed.
- Warm gear for when it gets cold
- Sturdy/protective footwear and gloves

Follow the Facebook event page for updates: Dig Day- Queenstown

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Ride, learn and re-charge

Biking Welcome Rock and Roaring Lion Trail

By Richie

This was about to be my first overnight bike trip with my partner and novice biker Ashley… Maybe I was a little bit nervous. I figured as long as her tyres were pumped, seat at the correct height and I was carrying most of the gear, we would be just fine! 

We left Wanaka around noon and made out way toward Lake Wakatipu. After a quick dip in the fresh waters somewhere near Garston, we drove up the Nevis road and made our last minute checks next to an old ski hut. 

Richie Johnston Welcome Rock, Roaring Lion Trail 

This was the second time on this trail for me and I was itching to share the experience with another while embracing the wilderness, history and serenity. While riding the trail, I started to imagine what it must have been like for the Gold Miners including the many Chinese who spent their days on this very trail. Often we would see large steel water pipes alongside the trail which were a reminder of the hard work and effort they went through for the nuggets of gold. My mind wandered again, thinking of the nuggets of Chocolate I had buried deep within my pack. 

Roaring Lion trail Richie Outside Sports NZ

As we rode toward the Mud Hut, I instantly noticed the upgrades along the way, including some widening, berms to assist cornering and Information panels. The wider track provided many opportunities to pull over and read some of the area’s history. After riding around 7km we puled up to the famous Mud Hut and prepared the outdoor bathtub. It was such a treat to know we were the only people in the valley that night, sleeping in such a historical area. The clouds cleared and the stars seemed much brighter that night as we finished off the last of the Pinot. 

Roaring Lion trail Richie Outside Sports NZ

We took our time the following day making the time to snack, read the placards and shoot some video along the way. It was great to see Ashley take the corners like a champ and ride the trail well! This day would be the longest trail-ride she’s ever completed, fueled by mixed nuts, chocolate and plenty of encouragement of course. 

Richie Johnston Welcome Rock, Roaring Lion Trail

Roaring Lion trail Richie Outside Sports NZ

The last 5km stretch involved a well maintained gravel road, which a shuttle could easily pick you up from if pre-arranged. We climbed one of the massive rocks off to the side of the road and enjoyed a picnic lunch, before making our way back to the truck… Even with most of our food gone, I had to make sure I was still carrying most of the gear. Mission success, we’ll be back for sure!


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Harris Mountain Heli-Ski

I went Heli skiing with Harris Mountain!!

Monday 11th July 2016 by Yuki

Up until just recently we haven't seen much snow on the ski fields in Queenstown, the weather has been so mild. The good news is there is still plenty of snow up higher, you just need a helicopter to get there!

Harris Mountain Heli Ski by Yuki Outside Sports NZ

(Take off time after some avalanche safety training and helicopter loading).

So I went Heli Skiing with Harris Mountain Heli Ski!!

Harris Mountain Heli Ski by Yuki Outside Sports NZ

(First run and I can't quite believe where I am).

The weather was fantastic and the views from the top of our private, untracked mountain were just gorgeous.

Harris Mountain Heli Ski by Yuki Outside Sports NZ

Not only were the snow conditions awesome, at lunch they put on a delicious spread of cheeses, meats and hot drinks- on a snow carved table.

Harris Mountain Heli Ski by Yuki Outside Sports NZ

This was my first time ever Heli Skiing and I would highly recommend it. Harris Mountain offer various levels of terrain to suit your ability so you don't need to be a world class skier to experience this amazing New Zealand trip. It's great to get away from the crowded ski fields and ski some untracked New Zealand powder.

What I was wearing from Outside Sports:

-Haglofs Spirit Jacket

-Haglofs L.I.M Power Dry Hood

-Icebreaker 200 Oasis Base layer

-Icebreaker 200 Body Fit Zone legless

-Icebreaker Oasis Balaclava

-Icebreaker Sierra Gloves

-Marmot Spring Glove

-Spyder Sport Merino socks

-Smith Optics Maze Helmet

-Dalbello Scorpion Ski Boots

-Rossignol Saffron Ski (Outside Sports Ski Rental)



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