Wild Food Festival – only 67 kms from Jackson’s Retreat!

A West Coast Tradition

Wild Food Festival – The name says it all! Only 67 km’s from Jackson’s Retreat

Back in 1990 a Hokitika woman Claire Bryant instigated the very first celebration of local wild foods. Her wine cellar was very well stocked with a home brew of West Coast gorse flower wine and people were clamoring for a taste of her rose petal brew.
So … why not a festival celebrating the tastes of the wild West Coast!

The first event also coincided with the 125th anniversary celebration of the birth of Hokitika in March 1990.
Locals and the rest of New Zealand were captured by the magic of the idea – a celebration of Hokitika and the wild foods of the West Coast.

The Wild Foods Festival is traditionally held on the second Saturday in March, but you can check the Wild Foods Festival website for more information and the next event date.

Spend the day at Hokitika and avoid the rush by heading back to Jackson’s Retreat Alpine Holiday Park for some peace and quiet!

The next Wildfoods – 12 March 2022

Find out more about the event at https://wildfoods.co.nz/events-info/

Around Lake Brunner Cycle Race

Around Lake Brunner Cycle Race – only a 20min drive from Jackson’s Retreat to the start line!

Around Brunner started as a 130km sealed circuit cycle ride taking you through some of the most stunning scenery New Zealand has to offer. In 2015 the Enduro, 2 laps of the traditional ride being 260km was introduced and in 2019 the change of the start/finish to Moana Lake Brunner.

Both the Around Brunner 130km and Enduro 260km race, this fantastic event is in its 14th year.
Around Brunner caters for all competitors from the Elite rider through to the Recreational Rider with age group categories throughout.

We’ll even cater for those that want to ride their e-Bike in the event, as this keeps so many riders active. Riding an e-Bike means you’re non-competitive but still doing the event and eligible for spot prizes.

Starting from Kumara, cyclists ride along State Highway 73,climbing gently through scenic podicarp rainforest and along The Mighty Taramakau River passing Jackson’s Retreat Alpine Holiday Park’s front door and turning off to Inchbonnie, the half-way point and stage teams changeover. Cyclists then turn north for a breathtaking flat ride through the stunning scenery of Lake Poerua, Rotomanu and Moana, which are nestled between the spectacular Southern Alps and tranquil Lake Brunner. The Around Brunner Cycle Ride is generally held in the third weekend in April. You can find out more information at the Around Brunner website https://www.aroundbrunner.co.nz/

The next Around Brunner Cycle Ride – Saturday 7th May 2022

Jackson’s Holiday Park is again a fantastic base for Around Brunner supporters and participants.

Kathmandu Coast 2 Coast

Next Race – 11 & 12 February 2022

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Kathmandu Coast 2 Coast – The Coast to Coast has become almost a right of passage for multisport athletes from around the world with over 20,000 people having completed the event in the 38 years to date. Being a world premier multi-sport event and a benchmark by which every other multi-sports event is judged, both here in New Zealand and Internationally.

The Kahtmandu Coast to Coast is normally held on the first weekend in February, but you can check the Coast to Coast website for more information https://www.coasttocoast.co.nz/

Jackson’s Retreat Alpine Holiday Park is a fantastic base for Coast to Coast supporters and participants.
Participants will be cycling outside your front door – the perfect spot for cheering them on!