Frequently Asked Questions
When do I have to register by?
Registrations will close on Friday 16 February at 3pm. No late registrations will be accepted this year.
If our family is participating, do we have to register the children?
Yes, everyone who does the ride must be registered separately as we have to account for all participants on and off the Station.
Can I bring my dog?
As Queenstown Park Station is a fully operational working farm with livestock, dogs are NOT PERMITTED to accompany you on the Open Day.
What happens if I need to go to the toilet?
Portaloos are provided on the Station in the three areas marked on the Open Day Map; i.e. at the Boyd Road gate, at the ‘picnic area’ and at the Chard Road end of the Station. Please take advantage of these and plan your ride accordingly.
Is water provided?
There’s every chance the Open Day will have fine weather and be hot, so you must bring plenty of your own water.
We will have a water top-up station at the ‘picnic spot’ identified on the Open Day Map, 9km into the ‘Station Loop' ride.
Can we camp the night?
No, the Station is private property and is a fully operational working farm, so overnight stays are not permitted. We’ll be counting everyone in and out of the Station on the day so please make sure that you are marked off our list by one of our marshals before you exit the Station. You must leave the Station by either the Boyd Road gate or by Chard Farm exit by 4pm.
Can we swim in the river?
Yes, but please be aware there will be no ‘life guard’ services provided on the day and you do so at your own risk. Please take great care – by supervising your children (and those in your care) at all times and observing all good practice guidelines for swimming in rivers. For more information about swimming in rivers please visit www.watersafety.org.nz
Does the ride go right through to Chard Farm like last year?
This year’s Open Day gives you a couple of ride options, including riding all the way to the Gibbston end of the Station at Chard Farm or parking at Boyd Road for an 18km return ride. See the route Map
to work out which option suits you best.
What is the difference between the two routes?
You can either exit at Chard Farm and get a shuttle back to your car so the ride will be 13.5km or cycle back through the station which will add another 5km giving you a riding experience of 18.5km.
Do you provide mechanical services on the day?
You must check your own bikes in advance and ensure they’re up to standard to ride unsealed farm terrain and we recommend you bring a spare inner tube and mini-pump with you. We will have roving mechanics on the day who can help out if you get really stuck.
Do we have to pay?
The Open Day is free of charge although you will have the opportunity to donate to the Queenstown Trails Trust on the day if you wish to. There will be a free bike bell for every registered rider.
Will we be rescued if we get lost?
We’ll be counting everyone in and out of the Station on the day. You must leave the Station by either the Boyd Road gate or the Chard Farm exit by 4pm. If we’ve not recorded your exit by 4pm we will call you and look for you, so please be sure to check your name off our list with one of our Organisers at the gate you exit at .
Do you provide Shelter if the weather turns bad?
We’ll be keeping a close eye on the forecast and if heavy rain is expected we’ll cancel the Ride. If there is light rain the Open Day will go ahead, so please bring a jacket since shelter isn’t available. Please check www.remarkablespark.com/community
before 8:30am on Sunday 18 February should adverse weather be forecast.
Should we pack food?
We’d recommend you pack snacks and you must bring plenty of water. We’ll have food providers at the ‘Picnic Spot’ (9km into the ride) including Popsicle Tricycle, Life’s a Grind Coffee, Bacon Buttie, Pita Pit and Hikari Sushi - you are also very welcome to bring your own picnic.
Is first aid available?
There is limited first aid help available and we will have a roving first aid person on the trails, but we suggest you bring your own personal first aid supply. If you need emergency help then there are numbers provided in the House Rules and on the Map which you can call for assistance.
Is wearing a bike helmet compulsory?
The organisers encourage the use of safety helmets for all participants.
Can I veer off the trails to explore further?
Since the Station is a working deer and sheep farm we require you to stick to those designated trails.
Will there be cellphone reception?
Please note that Vodafone has good reception throughout the station, but Spark reception is patchy.
Can I walk the trails?
This year the open day has been organised for bike riding only, but if you are keen to be involved in a walking Open Day in the future we would be interested to receive your feedback via firstname.lastname@example.org