Wednesday, November 23, 2011


It's here again: The Classic CACTUS Challenge.
54 km on foot Hokitika to the Greens Beach turn off just north of Lake Ianthe!

It seems the term has just begun but with a later and shorter term it is all on.

45 km of beach. 9 km of forestry road.
Hokitika, Totara, Mikonui and Waitaha river crossings.

Long Day. Endurance.

This team could smash the record - 13 hours.

6 am start. Be at Bodyworx Gym at 5:45.

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

CACTUS Cowboys in paradise

Finally the Wild West CACTI will have their shoot out.

This is the part of the afternoon CACTUS challenge we didn't pull off on the CYCLE trail.
So we're moseying on out to Milltown behind lake Kaniere to Cowboy Paradise where Mike Milne is going to put us through the ropes and we can practice some gun slinging.

"Sudden" (Mike) does the firearms license testing for the police in Westland so we're in good hands!

Pick up from High School carpark 3:30 Monday 7th.


  • Warm enough clothes and a rain jacket if poss. 
  • Beanie is probably a good idea if it blows up a westerly - it could be cold.
  • CACTUS T-shirt. A camera if you have one.
  • Some meat to throw on the Barbie.

Shouldn't be too late back.

We don't really have time to get a Permission form out before Mon so make sure your parents understand what we are doing and that you have their permission.
Cowboy Paradise is an established tourism business as well as home to many local club members.

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Monday, October 24, 2011


Short term. Short course. - simple.

6 weeks - hard out CACTUS program.

START: Friday 28th 6:45 am.

Start the day like you want to carry on! 6:45 am - 7:45am. Porridge after for those who can stay. Showers available at the gym - get the brain oxygenated and off to school.
Turn up at Bodyworx Gym (see what you need at the right) or contact John on 0275558245.

Mornings only this term. Time to rebel against sleeping in and welcome the day.


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Sunday, September 25, 2011


Awesome effort by our 8 intrepid CACTI. Taking on 55 km of gravel road, bush and track from Kumara to Kaniere!

John Winsley, Corbin Dickens, Time Boon, Matt Boon, Rory Morgan, Andrew Lee, Elle Clark and Sophie Clark mounted their bikes for this event. 7 am to 7pm with little pre-event cycle training!
Despite drizzle for most of the day this was a awesome event to test the deter-mination, attitudes and teamwork of these awesome young CACTI! Endurance on the road sections, nerve and skill on the more technical parts like the Kaniere Water Race Track, along with route finding, fording streams and team running through the Kawhaka river section brought the youth through with flying colours. Thanks to Paul Schram from Wild West Adventures for lending the bikes, Rhys Martin for driving the support vehicle and the land owners who allowed us through. The trail will be a wonderful asset to Westland. And biggest thanks of all to the CACTI for fronting up for the challenge, supporting and encouraging each other through the day and making it a great event!

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Thursday, September 15, 2011


The course is coming together for the challengers!
Permissions slip and info are on the CACTUS CYCLE TRAIL link on the right.
What an awesome opportunity to promote our district's Cycle Trail initiative!
Don't frrget your CACTUS shirts and smile for the camera and get your gear organised ASAP so your all set to go.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Challenge on the 24th

This will be an awesome all day event on Saturday the 24th!
Confirm you attendance as soon as possible to help the planning.
Stay tuned - Details to come...
PS Finally.....  Some Franz photos on the blog :-) ---->>>

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Break Up Breakfast

Another awesome term comes to an end!

Line up for your certificates:
Thursday 7:30 am
Hokitika Christian Fellowship Building, 26 Kaniere Rd

If you haven't ordered, txt me with your order:
Bacon and Eggs
Muesli, fruit and yoghurt.

Bring any photos from Franz as none of mine are recoverable. (Sorry folks).

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Saturday, June 25, 2011


Its all go for a day on the ice! 6:45am start.
Details on trip form. Click the link.
Need this signed up as soon as guys.
Remember your CACTUS shirt and smile for the camera.
Yeee hooo!

Don't forget your drink bottle.
Hydration -  if it is a hot day you will need water, water, water!

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Awesome CACTI!

Heads up!
2011, Term 2 Challenge is in the pipe line. Ice is nice. Franz is jus' fine.
We're g-g-going glacial and will hanggg around in the ice for a while we're up there.
This will just be a (big) day trip on Saturday 2nd July.

More details to come. (You might be asked for a contribution.)

PS No breakfast tomorrow as I have to go to Grey for a St John's course.

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Term 2 Update

Term Two CACTUS  is powering along! Afternoons have dropped slightly to around 12 participants. Fitness levels are up and this group is ready to be extended again!
8 CACTI brave the darkness for the morning sessions at 7:45am. Amanda, Rhys and Pip have also joined up as instructors for the morning sessions working around their family and work commitments. Thanks guys - and thanks to your families.
Zak Neale is back in CACTUS and his experience and leadership abilities add to the mix.
My new camera has arrived so more pics will be posted in the future.
Thanks to Ian R. Little Ltd distributors for Pentax for their sponsorship.
This will be another awesome term!

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Friday, April 15, 2011

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

End of Term 1, 2011

Course finishes Wed 13th April. Breakfast and presentation at Cafe de Paris 7:30 am Thursday.

New pics in the Weta Taipo album (slideshow at right). Only a few - the boys from Wild West dropped one of the cameras! Also 2 videos on the you tube channel. CACTI rapidly moving down stream.

Great effort from the team this term with everyone breaking new ground, smashing through the barriers and pushing the limitations.

Course 2: commences Wed 4th May 3:30pm Round up new recruits and be there!

Also by demand - Morning CACTUS is back! First session Friday 6:45am, 6th May. Breakfast to follow.

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Sunday, April 3, 2011


Despite all efforts the Whataroa was not to be... but plan B was an awesome night and day. Ascending at night from Kelly's Creek to Carroll Hut to camp the night above 1000m in tents with the milky way spread above us. A morning traverse across Kelly's Range to descend to the Taipo at 7 mile creek. Rafting out with Wild West Adventure Company. Paul, Sebastian and the lads put on an awesome day for us bartering with gigantic gold nuggets for their services, crossing the river by rope, rafting and inflatable kayaking down the Taipo and swimming the last rapid to end the journey at the highway. We still can't agree who finished with the most gold and won another adventure...perhaps we'll all have to go... (Right Paul?) Pics to come and be added to over the next few days...Keep checking out the blog.
Awesome CACTI!

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

TERM 1 ~ Woah! Waitaha Challenge

TERM 1 2011 has been an awesome time - check out the Shamrock Creek pics at right!
A core of 15 or so CACTI with an international flavour and a few late recruits.
Congrats to Jesse who was accepted for Mawhera Academy early in the term.
Walk in Raft out on the Waitaha...Woah! This is one beautful river!

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Monday, January 24, 2011


Friday, February 4, 3:30 pm Bodyworx Gym.
Drag your mates along for an action packed start to the term!
Let's go hard out from the starting blocks, build a solid team, and break down the barriers in 2011!

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