New Zealand · 43 Days · 92 Moments · January 2018

Tour Aotearoa 2018

12 March 2018

So good to see my Dad and sister Annie

11 March 2018

So happy to finish and see Dad and Annie there to meet us. 25 days and 3 hours YAY!
Day 26 Mossburn to Bluff Very chilly start in the mist. Wished I had taken winter gloves and that shoes weren't wet from yesterday's rivers brrr

10 March 2018

Big climb up Von hill but worth it for the scenery
Looking across Wakatipu towards Glenorchy
Doug making friends at Walter Peak Station
Great to catchup with fellow cyclists on the Earnslaw
Day 25 Queenstown to Mossburn The day was stunning! to start with until a serious head wind developed later. Very happy to arrive in Mossburn, have a shower beer feed then sleep

9 March 2018

Beautiful view from hotel room in Queenstown
Arrowtown from Tobins track
Stiff head wind making tough going
Day 24 Wanaka to Queenstown via Crown Range and Arrowtown. Phil and Pene kindly dropped us and bikes back in Wanaka so we di─Ćnt have to start with extra hills Lots of traffic as Wanaka Show. Hard not to wobble when exhausted on steep bits. Luckily most drivers were considerate. We tried to keep off road as much as possible but not much room
Lovely to catchup with Pene and Phil. Also Anne Hill and Les at Glendhu bay

8 March 2018

River track. Nearly at Wanaka. Sooo tired!
Day 23 Haast to Wanaka Big ride over the pass then up and down around Wanaka and Hawea Beautiful day but I was toast by the time we arrived at Glendhu bay. Pene was so welcoming. We slept so we'll again. We had a quick beer on way through Wanaka and some guys said you must be Debbie and Doug. It's interesting who's tracking who

7 March 2018

Day 22 Fox Glacier to Haast Great view from Knights Point but more hills! Seamed like forever to Haast
Treated myself to new bike top from Hokitika and pants from Palmerston North

6 March 2018

Day 21 Ross to Fox Glacier Beautiful weather until Franz Joseph when it got very wet but we continued over the hills and rain soon stopped. The hills were tough at the end of a big day but glad to be here. Photo is Lake Ianthe

5 March 2018

Thanks for everything Steve. It was great to catchup with you x
Checking out Hokitika driftwood while getting new brake pads and air in Dougs suspension so he won't be grumpy when the bag rubs on his tyre
Day 20 Greymouth to Ross West Coast Wilderness trail is great. A must do

4 March 2018

Greymouth bar
Thinking of you Kirsty for November
Day 19 Reefton to Greymouth With my tall friend after eggs bene before hitting the road again. Rain soon cleared and good riding. Coffee and lolliecake at Ikimatua. Met some nice guys cycling the loop from Grey

3 March 2018

We keep seeing Tracy at different places
Maruia saddle. Perfect place for picnic. Thankyou Glen Ross x
Saddle photo
Day 18 Murchison to Reefton Heading out of Murchison. Perfect weather no wind overcast and warm

2 March 2018

Lake Rotoroa Beautiful but too many sandflies so on to Murchison
Day 17 Richmond to Murchison With Glen Ross and Ollie. You're an angel Glen. Thankyou for everything x

1 March 2018

Day 16 Picton to Nelson Tough but satisfying. Steep ascent then adrenalin rush down the other side almost in control!
Warm and foggy to start. Nice ride between Picton and Havelock then too many trucks till we turned off main road at Pelorus bridge
6 30am start from ferry

28 February 2018

Enjoying Wellingtons vibe while awaiting 0230 ferry
Felt underdressed later in the cocktail bar in our shorts and jandals but good place to pass some time and very good desert
Great cycleways into Wellingon via Upper Hutt Lower Hutt Petone Dougs phone died from sweat in his pocket corroding the charging port. Lucky we've got mine
Rimutakas summit
Day 15 Martinborough to Wellington Worried about today but the Rimutukas were great. It's good to anticipate it hard then be pleasantly surprised.

27 February 2018

Day 14 Eketahuna to Martinborough Easier day before Rimutakas to Wellington

26 February 2018

Thankyou Jenny. It was so lovely to chat and warm up with the log fire!
Day 13 Palmerston North to Eketahuna. Were planning to go further but cold and wet so Jenny Springs kind offer to host us was too tempting

25 February 2018

Great views but sooo hilly. Hard work!
Day 11 Hunterville to Palmerston North
Looks like some bad weather ahead and there was! But only a day

24 February 2018

Whanganui elevator

23 February 2018

Unloading bikes at Pipiriki. thanks for the outstanding service with hamburgers ready on arrival, hose for bike wash, hot shower, double bed with sheets! And bacon egg tomato spaghetti toast and coffee on the house at 7am! Amazing!
Glad I was in jet boat and not kayak. Some interesting water
Muddy bikes on boat. Waiting for the last guy to arrive
Doug did a face plant in the mud!

21 February 2018

Day 7 Lake Karapiro to Pureora Lunch at Mangakino of pie and milkshake. We rang Timber trail Lodge to book but they were full and it was too far. They gave us number for cabins at Pureora. We were glad to get there as very wet through jungle track. Lovely showers but nothing else there. We had brought food from Mangakino but not enough and we suffered the next day. We need big egg breakfast and lots of milkshakes cake meat and veges. So much food!
Ouch! Minor crash but small deep puncture wound.
Timber trail is a great ride
Day 8 Pureora to Piropiro flats Rain cleared and beautiful riding through timbertrail

20 February 2018

Looks like bad weather ahead. But only a day
A big thankyou to Anne and Mike. It was very special to meet them and share their beautiful home

19 February 2018

I found a friend. Had a skinny dip in lake then Epsom salt bath followed by a nice pinot
We were planning to ride further today but were tempted by this lovely place and people. Also to avoid the cyclone. Now planning early night and early start tomorrow
Can't complain about tonights accommodation!
Day 6 Paeroa to 10 k before Arapuni 9 30 start after the biggest breakfast I've ever had! Some drizzle but still warm

18 February 2018

This checkpoint photo had to be with cows
The Hauraki rail trail to Paeroa was great. A wasp flew down my top earlier and stung my breast but luckily I managed to extract it without falling off or being stung again
But revived with healthy food
Buggered at the bugger cafe
Day 5 Auckland to Paeroa Thanks to Pierre, Jean-Luc, and Kitterie for the Tour de France cap which is protecting Dougs neck from the sun

17 February 2018

A shorter ride today for rest and family time with Michelle Dale and Zach. Thanks for looking after us so well
Day 4 Helensville to Auckland Mt Eden after nice ride from Helensville then minor adjustments at bike shop then on to Michelles

16 February 2018

Day 3 Waipou forest to Maungaturoto 7am start to make some ground before the day got too hot. We were so close to heat stroke with some steep climbs in 34 degrees and to add to his woes Dougs blister burst on his bum. Ouch! But he was so staunch and toughed it out
Trail angels before Dargaville
Cooling down
Lance at Waipou forest camp couldn't do enough for us. We were greeted with a cold beer on the house to start with then a vacant cabin, hot shower and drying our gear. Awesome!
Thanks Jack for the 6 am bacon and eggs and Tuscan chicken pasta with salad last night. Perfect!

15 February 2018

Tane Mahuta. NZs majestic biggest Kauri. Worth all those climbs
We were tempted to stay at Opononi or Omapere as beautiful here but were glad we continued and stayed at Waipoua
Day 2 Broadwood to Waipoua forest Is this an eating or cycling tour? I'm enjoying both! Big breakfast for lunch at Rawene after the ferry

14 February 2018

Day 1 Cape Reinga to Broadwood I didn't secure my rear load well enough and lost a drink bottle a few ks down the road. But we picked it up and consumed most of it. Then dropped another one along with my drybag in Te Paki stream. It wasfun riding there with the drone and excitement. The beach was great but Doug overheated despite mostly overcast and spent all night with a wet towel on him. We washed bikes at Ahipara and phoned through to homestay at Broadwood for a room. After washing bikes then the best snapper and chips we continued on. It was more hilly than we had thought so we were tired and rode the last few ks in dark.

13 February 2018

We met some fellow cyclists from Blenheim here this morning also starting with us tomorrow. They had dramas getting here with bikes. Flight was cancelled so they had to taxi to Nelson then fly to Auckland via Christchurch! Their rental van had been stolen so got a smaller one which didn't fit bikes in boxes. We also met a lady who was picking people up in Kerikeri but flights cancelled and roads flooded. Some arrived but without bikes. We've been lucky so far. Also looks like people already started are having adventures. Ferry broke down and was towed...

12 February 2018

Luckily both bikes fitted in the small rental car in their boxes as it was raining heavily at Auckland airport when we picked it up. Doug reassembling the bikes in Kaitaia
Carbo loading In Kawakawa

11 February 2018

Decadent ice creams with Michelle Dale and Zach in Auckland
One of us is awake
Our adventure begins! Made it to the bus with our bikes after partying last night

29 January 2018

Far too fresh after training ride - actually stuffed