A Cycling Adventure with a Conservation Twist

Cyclists ride over the Baton Bridge

Imagine pedalling along the most remote part of Tasman’s Great Taste Cycle Trail, soaking in the rivers and mountains, when suddenly you stumble upon a hidden gem. Welcome to Lublow’s Leap, the newest addition to biking adventures up the Baton Valley.

Recently opened, Lublow’s Leap is an oasis for cyclists, offering a perfect vantage point to admire the foothills of Kahurangi National Park and, if you’re lucky, catch a glimpse of the elusive whio, or blue duck, from the brand-new Baton Valley swing bridge. The remote area is full of expansive skies, towering mountains, and meandering rivers with a growing population of whio – thanks to the efforts of Farmers for Whio, a local community group dedicated to protecting these precious birds.

Lublow’s Leap was crafted by Richard and Fiona Lublow, the generous souls behind Baton Run farm stay. It’s a place to stop and rest and learn about the history of the Baton Valley and the community conservation efforts taking place. Step inside the stylish shed adorned with chandeliers and an antique tractor, and you’ll find enlightening information panels, refreshments, eftpos, wifi, and even ice creams!

Since 2020, Farmers for Whio has been hard at work in the Baton Valley, deploying around 600 traps to safeguard whio nests and chicks from invasive predators. From ferrets to feral cats, every threat is diligently monitored and managed by local community volunteers. During critical periods like moulting and nesting, extra care is provided to ensure the birds’ safety. According to Barry Burger, Trapping Coordinator for Farmers for Whio, the group’s efforts have almost covered the entire Bolton Valley. The result? More frequent sightings of whio and a growing appreciation for these remarkable birds among locals and visitors alike.

So, the next time you’re planning a cycling trip, consider taking the scenic route up the Baton Valley. With breathtaking vistas, heartwarming hospitality, and a touch of conservation magic, it’s an adventure you won’t forget.

Share this post

Related articles

Freshwater Champions 2024!

The Moutere Catchment Group has won a Freshwater Champion Award for its contribution towards freshwater health in Aotearoa. An educator, an artist, two community catchment

Read More »