Taupō’s Sarah Battson loves three things – cycling, conservation and a good challenge.
This month she is combining all three as she participates in Tour Aotearoa, a 3000km "bikepacking" journey from Cape Reinga to Bluff, at the same time raising money to help Greening Taupō continue planting native trees.
"This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, I always enjoy a good challenge and a good adventure," Sarah says.
"I kind of just thought ‘screw it, I’ll do it’. I’m a keen mountain biker, but I’ve never done anything to this extent." Taupō’s Sarah Battson will be celebrating when she completes the 3000km Tour Aotearoa. Photo / Supplied Sarah grew up in the South Island but for the past four years has called Taupō home. As a physiotherapist, she worked for six years for Snow Sports NZ, travelling the world with the winter Olympic athletes, and is now based at Fox Physio in Taupō.
"My travels brought home to me how lucky we are to live in Aotearoa and how important it is to protect and improve it for future generations," she says.
"For the last two years, I have been involved with establishing and maintaining the Batts Trapline, running between Spa Park and Huka Falls. Through this work I have witnessed first hand the positive effects that eliminating predators has on the native birdlife. I’m passionate about conservation and sustainability issues, I love my new community. Open up the latest news from Rotorua
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