2009 CAN Do: November 14 - 15, New Plymouth

This year's CAN Do, CAN's annual members' get-together, will be held in New Plymouth on Saturday and Sunday 14 - 15 November.

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CAN Do 2009

Sat-Sun, 14-15 November, New Plymouth.
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This year's CAN Do, CAN's annual members' get-together, is being held in New Plymouth on Saturday and Sunday 14 - 15 November. The weekend includes CAN's AGM, workshops, training, rides, plenty of food and drink, and a chance to catch up with fellow "CANners" from around New Zealand.

As usual, CAN provides financial assistance to help ensure all local groups can be represented at the CAN Do.

Location - Bellringer Pavilion, Pukekura Park (map attached as PDF below)
Google map of venues and accommodation


SATURDAY 14 November


Registration and breakfast


Welcome and Introductions


Session 1: Where to for CAN? - Glen and CAN Exec


Session 2:

A) Phillip Darnton, Chair of Cycling UK will join us to discuss
- how Cycling England:

  • interacts with the UK government
  • successfully lobbied for professional cycle training 
  • interacts with CAN's counterpart in the UK, CTC.

- trends in campaigning
- motivating cycling advocates
B) Australian Advocacy Scene Insights - Australian Bicycle Council (ABC) (Fiona MacColl, Executive Officer, ABC)


Morning Tea


Local Group Discussions: Cycle Action Auckland, Cycle Action Waiheke, Bike! Whangarei


Session 3: Tips for advocates on staying sane and happy! Led by Bevan Woodward


Lunch and Ride


Local Group Discussions: Spokes Canterbury, Squeaky Wheel, Central Otago


Session 4: Speed Reduction - How to make it happen in NZ. Led by Bevan Woodward


Local Group Discussions: North Taranaki Cycling Advocates, Cycle Aware Manawatu, Cycle Aware Hawkes Bay


Afternoon Tea 




Wrap up and look forward to Sunday


Nibbles and drinks at the Fernery, Pukekura Park


Shoestring Backpackers VEER film screening ($2 gold coin to help with film costs) .  Pizza. 
At 8pm soccer fans may want to find a TV to watch All Whites v Bahrain.

SUNDAY 15 November




Recap and Overview 


Local Group Discussions: Cycle Aware Wellington, Kapiti Cycling, OCEAN


Session 5: Where to With CAN? Part 2 Led by Glen and CAN Exec


Morning Tea


CAN Exec Meeting (includes their morning tea)


Local Group Discussions: Cycle Action Waikato, Bike Taupo, Rotorua Cycle Action,  Bicycle Nelson Bays


Session 6: Sound Bites 1: Resources to Support Advocacy (Ringmaster: Patrick)
Oral submissions (Fiona)
Police Workshop (Patrick)
Media card (Patrick)
Local Group Meeting Structure  (Kirsten)
Treasurers (Liz)
Regional Co-operation (Fiona, Kirsten, Patrick)




Session 7: Sound Bites 2: Resources to Support Advocacy
impressions and lessons learnt from Bike Futures
Melbourne conference
(Barbara Cuthbert) (20 mins)
Website Development Update (Anne F/Stephen W) (20 mins)
Fundraising (Patrick) (20 mins)


Wrap Up


Afternoon tea (portable for those that need to leave) and clean up

Preceded by:

Wednesday 11 November
ViaStrada Advanced Planning & Design for Cycling Module 4
CAN members interested in attending this advanced technical course contact patrick@can.org.nz

Thursday 12 and Friday 13 November
New Zealand Cycling Conference
TSB Showplace, New Plymouth

Thursday 12 November , 5.00pm
CAN Cycle Friendly Awards
TSB Showplace, New Plymouth

Friday 13 November , 5.15pm

Spooks and Spokes
North Taranaki Cycling Advocates host a Friday 13th Ride
Meet at the Landing, on the waterfront opposite Te Puke Ariki, near the Wind Wand

Friday 13 November , 7.30pm: Optional group dinner for CAN Do-ers at own cost - CAN BBQ at Surfriders Club, Fitzroy Beach

Followed by:

Monday 16 & Tuesday 17 November
Post CAN Do Rides
Optional Taranaki rides e.g. Forgotten Highway SH43 to Taumarunui, for those interested.
Own cost and self co-ordination with group. 


CAN Do Accommodation

If you are coming to the CAN Do and/or the NZ Cycling Conference, you need to arrange and pay for your own accommodation. New Plymouth has a great range of accommodation. 

Our top choice is the Shoestring Backpackers Lodge and adjacent Cottage Mews Units in Lemon St. Book accommodation promptly to avoid missing out! If requesting dorm accommodation, you might like to say you are with the CAN crew and ask for a dorm with other CAN Doers.

Recommended Accommodation



Accomm Available



Shoestring Backpackers & Cottage Mews
48 Lemon St, New Plymouth

phone (06) 758 0403 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (06) 758 0403      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Recommended as top choice for CAN Do

Backpacker Lodge in old house, with shared facilities, & adjacent motel type units, self contained


Single rooms or Twin rooms
Shared Dorms for 3-6 people
All facilities shared
5 Cottage Mews Units:

Studio Units or Cottage Units
Self contained
Some units could be shared 2-4 people-request details

Backpacker Lodge: $30pp

Double or Twin: $70/room

Cottage Mews
$120 per unit
(some could be shared)


Attractive & homely
Lodge has nice kitchen and lounge areas
Cottage units are modern
Wireless internet
Lemon St is close walking distance to town, and waterfront. Very close to CAN Do venue

Abode on Rimu Bed and Breakfast
12C Rimu Street, Strandon
Phone 06 7594911 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            06 7594911      end_of_the_skype_highlighting


Bed and breakfast style accommodation close to the Te Henui Walkway

Two rooms each with Queen sized bed. Private, sunny lounge includes a fridge, tea and coffee making facilities plus a TV and radio

$110 Double (Two Adults) per night.
$100 Single (One person) per night.

2 bikes available.  Great views and the Coastal Pathway is not far away.

Fitzroy Beach Holiday Park
Beach St, Fitzroy
phone (06) 758 2870 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (06) 758 2870      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
close to beach 

Holiday Park on waterfront at Fitzroy with range of accommodation units and camping sites

fully self contained, sleep 2-5 people
Tourist Flat:

self contained, own bedding, 2-4 people

has kitchen, use shared facilities, bring own bedding
Camping Sites:

Powered and non-powered camping sites

Chalets $105 + $20pp extra
Tourist Flat $85 + $20pp extra
Cabins $65 + $20pp extra
Camping sites from $12/night

Beautiful beach location right on waterfront at Fitzroy, with beach access
Location is a quick bike ride or 20-30 min walk to town along the New Plymouth Coastal Walkway

Belt Road Seaside Holiday Park
Belt Rd
phone 0800 804204           0800 804204     

Holiday Park in cliff top location with

self contained motel units, cabins, and camping sites

Motel Units, Cabins, and Camping sites -
refer website 

Motel Studios $105 for 2-4 people
Cabins $55-$95 depending on
number of people and facilities
refer website

Cliff top location at southern end of Coastal Walkway near Port
Location is a quick bike ride or 15 minute walk to town
Wireless internet available

Egmont Eco Leisure Park
12 Clawton St, New Plymouth

phone 06 753 5720            06 753 5720      

Holiday park in secluded valley location
Also has YHA Lodge
quiet, secluded

a variety of Units and Dorms sleeping
2- 14 people
Camping sites
YHA Lodge

Units sleeping 2-6 people
with linen $75
Dorms with bunks sleeping
4-14 people, bring own bedlinen $30 pp
Camping sites - check website
Shared kitchen, shower, toilet facilites

Peaceful valley location, 15 minute bike ride or 30 minute walk from town
Wireless internet may be available - please check

Accommodation on Bell
20 Bell StreetNew PlymouthNew Zealand
phone (06) 968-3002 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (06) 968-3002      end_of_the_skype_highlighting


Single and twin units, self contained, in large modern student accommodation block
good choice for single accommodation

Single and twin units, self contained,
linen supplied



from $60-$70 per room per night
Phone for confirmation

Part of the WITT Campus, with student and other long term acommodation on campus.
Modern rooms and shared dining facilities.
Pay for use internet available

Motels - there are many motels to choose from. Some advertise loan or hire bicycles for guests, including: BellaVista Motel http://www.staybellavista.co.nz/bella-vista/new-plymouth-motel/
The Fitzroy Beach Motel http://www.fitzroybeachmotel.co.nz/

The New Plymouth District Council Information Centre can help with further choices, including motels and hotels http://www.newplymouthnz.com/VisitingNewPlymouth/Accommodation/

Travel to New Plymouth

Book own travel. CAN 50% travel cost refund may be available – refer following notes for further information. Guide to travel options, times, and travel planning.

CAN Do attendees who are financial members of CAN are eligible for a refund of 50% of travel costs to get to and from CAN Do (subject to some conditions). Applications should be made separately to the CAN Networking Project Manager (email patrick@can.org.nz). Bring your travel expense receipts. Note:

  • Travel must be booked by 5pm Friday 30 October.

  • Air travel must be a discounted air fare. Full price air tickets are not eligible for refunds.

  • Please book early as discount seats on flights into and out of New Plymouth are very limited.

Contact CAN Project Manager Patrick@can.org.nz for further information on travel refunds.

Most of us will be travelling long distances to get to New Plymouth. If you can't use your bike to get all the way, we know you will take care to plan your journey to maximise public transport or car-pooling and minimise air travel. Some information for planning your travel:



Intercity and Naked Bus have buses direct to New Plymouth (Note that services out of New Plymouth on Sunday may be limited)
($10 per bike, subject to room available)



There are no passenger rail services direct to New Plymouth.


Car pool with your fellow group members! If you have long distances to drive, share the driving. As a guide, some driving times are:
Auckland    357km     5hrs
Wellington  355km     5hrs
Hamilton     231km     3hrs 20
Rotorua      299km      4hrs 15
Taupo         296km      4hrs 15
Tauranga    308km      4hrs 25
Palmerston North 234km 3hrs 20
Napier 412km 5hrs 55
Christchurch – Wellington 428km 7hrs 50



If you choose to fly, book early. Air New Zealand is the only airline flying to New Plymouth. Discounted seats are limited (a reminder that the CAN travel refund applies only to the discount fare costs – see above). 

Note also that there are only limited flights leaving NP on the afternoon of Sunday 15th: NP – Wellington (& Christchurch) depart 5.45pm
NP - Auckland: depart 4.55pm and 6.20pm

Air New Zealand passengers can contribute a donation towards their Carbon Offset Programme, with all contributions going directly to purchase Trust Power wind farm credits, or you can make a donation to the Air New Zealand Environment Trust, which supports environmental and conservation projects. If booking online, tick the box for an automatic donation http://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/aboutus/environment/default.htm

Or you may like to support Hinewai Reserve (managed by a CAN members) who are currently applying for registration for the Government's “Permanent Forest Sink Initiative”. Contact Hugh by phone (03) 304 8501       (03) 304 8501      or mail Hinewai Reserve, Manager, Long Bay Road, RD3, Akaroa.

Air New Zealand charges a fee of $15 to carry bicycles as a second piece of baggage, subject to availability of space on the flight. Refer http://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/before-you-fly/baggage/default.htm


Bring your bike. New Plymouth is a wonderful city to explore on a bicycle, with a spectacular Foreshore Coastal Pathway which last year won the Cycle Friendly Award for Best Cycle Facility Project. The North Taranaki Cycling Advocates Group is planning a Friday 13th Spooks Ride.And of course a bike is the best way to get from the venue to accommodation and into town.

Bike Hire

CAN Doers need to make their own arrangements for hiring a bicycle if needed. (There will be organised bike hire for Conference participants, but we are not able to extend these arrangements over the weekend)

Bikes will be available to rent from local bicycle shops and suppliers, and NTCA may be able to help also.

As above, if you choose motel accommodation, ask if they supply free bikes to guests.

If you would like to hire a bike, contact Nathaniel Benefield of NTCA for more information: benefieldn@npdc.govt.nz

Bring a helmet and lock, and lights if you plan to ride after dark.



Breakfasts, lunches, morning & afternoon teas, on Saturday and Sunday included. 

BBQ dinner on Saturday night: food supplied, prepped and cooked by CAN Doers.