Jampot Rally 2018 - KAIKOURA UPDATE

Plans are coming together with accommodation booked and breakfasts finalised, the venue is the Dusky Lodge Backpackers at 67 Beach Rd,  Kaikoura. The question we keep getting asked is “will the road be open?”. For those from the south there may still only be the inland route, with the coast road south of Kaikoura again closed for slip repairs.

The road from the north is on track to be re-opened by Christmas and today Mac & I drove some of the way down the coast on what has been repaired to have a look. The section completed in some places are narrower but are tar sealed and looks good so far. The works are almost at Ohau Point. This is the largest slip and has had constant work sluicing loose soil since Dec 2016. But, I have checked with the ‘officials’ and here’s the latest update:
“During the last two months, millions of litres of water has been dropped on the slips by helicopter, washing loose material off the slip faces and making these safe for machinery and workers to now move on-site. Extensive  planning work during this time will ensure rapid progress is made with removal of the slips. Equipment and crews will be working both from the north and south to clear the slips and make each site safe for work to begin repairing, realigning and rebuilding the road and rail corridors.
Equipment is now on-site at Irongate, about 1km north of Blue Duck Road, and at the slip site 300m north of Ohau Point. It is expected to take about three weeks to clear the material from the Irongate slip and make it safe to build an access road around the site. This will then enable the excavator to move north, building access tracks around three other slips to reach Ohau Point.
Construction of the tracks will open up some limited access for residents at Rakautara, who have been isolated between the slips since November.
Slip clearance is also expected to get underway within the next few weeks at Ohau Point, one of the biggest and most complex of the nine significant slips along this section of SH1. Clearance of this slip will initially be carried out by two remote-controlled diggers, because the slips remain too unstable and dangerous for workers to be on-site at this stage.
Clearing the slips and re-opening State Highway 1 between Picton and Christchurch remains the Governments number one priority in getting the road and rail corridors fully re-opened by the end of this year.”
So, looks good so far. There is the option of course to go through the Awatere and over the Molesworth for the more adventurous but even this has been used extensively to shorten drivers travel time Christchurch to Blenheim until it was closed for winter.
We had planned for entries forms to be in this newsletter but Claire, our contact in Kaikoura is still sourcing our Saturday night’s dinner at my budgeted price, so until this is confirmed we can’t give you any final prices. Plans for the activities have been made and there is time on the Saturday if you want to go swim with the dolphins or visit the seal colony while your bike is on a static display in the afternoon for the public, other options will be listed for you closer to the time.
The council and tourist groups have been very helpful with the organisation so far and it’s shaping up to be a great weekend!
Your Rally Committee: Chris de Wagt & Mac McKercher (Marlborough) P: 03 5777 238

2019 Jampot Rally - Rangiwoods - Manawatu

The 2nd Try Jampot Rally 8th - 10th March 2019, Rangiwoods, Pohangina Valley, in the Manawatu, North Island.

Past Rallies

The Kiwi Jampot is set to alternate between the North and South Islands, with (usually) 2 years in the North Island and 1 year in the South, although more recently this pattern has changed due to availability of venues. This reflects the larger number of club members in the North Island and also a greater variety of venues.


Jampot Rally's the first 21 Years 1988 - 2008

 1988 Apiti, Sixtus Lodge

 1989 Apiti, Sixtus Lodge

 1990 Canterbury, Eyrewell Forest Camp

1991 Havelock North, Arataki Motor Camp 

1992 St Arnaud, Rotoiti Lodge

 1993 Wanganui, Waitotara Ashley Holiday Resort 

1994 Banks Peninsula, Camp Wainui

 1995 Wainuiomata, Boys Brigade Camp 

1996 Katikati, Aongatete Lodge 

1997 Collingwood, Motor camp 

1998 New Plymouth, Taranaki Outdoor Pursuits Education Centre (TOPEC) 

1999 Blenheim, Spring Creek Camp

2000 Christchurch, Kiwi International Jampot, Lincoln University 

2001 Parakai, Club Parakai 

2002 Reefton

2003 Waipukurau, Pukeora Estate 

2004 Otaki, Bridge Lodge 

2005 Hanmer Springs, Forest Education Camp 

2006 Okataina, Outdoor Education Lodge 

2007 Inglewood, Vertical Horizons Centre 

2008 Cromwell (21st Rally) 


Rally Locations 2009 - now and Future:

2009 Hunua, Hunua Falls Camp 

2010 Pahiatua, Masters Hall 

2011 Murchison Kiwi Park Motor camp 

2012 Pohangina Valley, Rangi Woods (25 years) 

2013 Omatua Girl Guide Camp Rissington - Napier 

2014 Otematata Holiday Park - Otematata 

2015 HopuHopu - Ngaruawahia

2015 Blue Skies Camp - Kaiapoi

2016 Solway Park, Masterton

2017 Blenheim Hosts

2018 Manawatu Hosts