Matakana Fruit Loop

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Run, ramble or ride Pull out your fruit-loopiest costume and join the fun at the 2016 Matakana Fruit Loop charity run/walk/cycle on 5 March. Starting from the Matakana Country Park, you’ll head off through seven easy kilometres of vineyards, orchards, olive groves and farmland. Whether you sprint, stroll or cycle, there’s plenty of entertainment along the way with live music, fruit and wine tastings and stunning views. What’s more, you’re doing something really great for yourself and the community.

By entering the charity event you not only support community initiatives, such as making our  popular Matakana to Omaha cycleway/walkway even more awesome or contributing to the Tamahunga Bridge project, your ticket also gives you entry to the inaugural Wine and Food Festival at the same venue.

For kids 12 and under, a new discipline has been added this year: The Kids’ Loop, an action-packed one kilometre circuit around the Country Park, filled with obstacles and activities for all ages. Anyone not taking part is encouraged to cheer these youngsters from the sidelines.

Paul Walker, the organiser of the Fruit Loop and the Wine and Food Festival, expects a bumper turnout. “There’s something for everyone, it’s a real family affair. Local landowners have given us exclusive access to their stunning properties. The Matakana Community Group and I are very grateful to them.”

And, of course, no event is complete without prizes, not just for the fastest but for other weird and wacky categories: loopiest fruit, looniest group or team, best-dressed bike and the judges’ favourite.

When:   Saturday, March 5, 2016

Where: Matakana Country Park, 1 Omaha Flats Rd, Matakana

Start: 10am (earlier than in previous years so that participants can also enjoy the F&W Festival)

Registration and information: www.matakanafruitloop.co.nz