|Dates:||16 Feb 2012 - 5 Apr 2012|
|Duration:||1 month, 2 weeks|
Back in Sydney waiting for bike and feeling like death. Fortunately darling Pam will fetch me from CBR
Big Kauri is big
Because they have standards in K road cafes
Hot Vietnamese coffee on a rainy day in Auckland
Breakfast of champions. (real food is on the way)
Still on a train
All aboooard for Auckland. 12 hours on a train ahead of me.
Waiting to get on the ferry to Welly
Back in Nelson, back at the Pizza Bar, on my way to see The 39 Steps at the theatre
Styling' cafe in Westport
Then you come around a bend to this
Another day done. 8 more sleeps til my darling
Ahh, so the pancake rocks at Punakaiki aren't actually made of pancakes? Well that was a waste of a trip
People equate the Greymouth-Westport Rd to the Great Ocean Rd. I get that
Leopard themed room for the win
Well Sock World and Sock Knitting Machine Museum - I could easily stay another week but I should probably press on let other people have a go. Short hop to Greymouth tomorrow.
Finally I can reveal the true purpose of my nz trip - a visit to the sock knitting machine museum
Just beyond the fence
With a cold possibly coming on and rain forecast, this might be the best view for the next few days. Beach is just beyond the bushes.
Guess which way the prevailing winds blow
Pretty sure this is the one that has been biting me. Rot in hell giant sandfly
Hari Hari - "landing" site of the first solo trans-Tasman flight. There's a nice mural of an upside down biplane in a field surrounded by a group of unconcerned looking people but the perpetual drizzle is discouraging me from strolling down for a pic. Maybe later.
Plus side to the weather
Overcast and drizzly - more what I was expecting. Fingers crossed it stays like this or gets better
End of the glacier
Does anyone feel like riding the last 10k? I'm happy to do it, just wanted to share the joy
Just km after km of this.
I could've stopped at 144km but it's a beautiful riding day and I wanted to notch up my first (imperial) century - 100 miles - so I rode another 8km out of town then back.
Trees get mossy here in Haast with all the rain
Nice sort of day really - 88.51kms down, 55.49 to go
Beat the rain to Wanaka. Tomorrows ride will be twice as long though so I'm readying myself.
What do you know, the grass actually is greener on the other side of the fence
It's traditional to have Korean food on St Patrick's day right?
Just an icecream by the lake kinda day
Nobody likes a show-off, Milford Sound
Still on the road
On the road to Milford Sound
Just one thing missing
Don't suppose anyone feels like assembling a bike for me?
The Dirty Three
Endless Boogie live up to their name with a 30+ min opening song
Hi Auckland airport, what's that? Give you a stupid amount of money to box and store my bike overnight? Well sure.
Apparently the best chips in New Zealand 2011 - a hotly contested title - Oppie's of Rotorua
Update - not bad at all
Another day, another cider. Passing through Rotorua. I'll be back Roti, (if you do something about that unfortunate smell)
Let's try that again in a town with something open
Lunch in Bulls - what could go wrong?
At the Weta Cave looking at nerdy things
Dinner at Fidel's on Cuba st. Wellington.
Curses, missed it by one day
The hot springs in Taupo - awwww yeeeaaahhh.
Checking out Napier, the art deco city
Watching the Kaka
Quick break in the quirkiest cafe in Masterton. Darlingface is disturbed by the camera
People watching in a hip Wellington cafe
Wellington - a blurrier city than I was expecting
Farewell South Island, don't go anywhere
Red sky at morning, have a safe ferry ride. Isn't that how the saying goes?
Queen Charlotte drive, easily the best ride of the tour
I was all set to take a pic of my trip odometer rolling over to 1000 Kms but apparently it only goes to 999.99.
Enjoying a feijoa cider next to a gig yurt, how's your day going?
Classic cars and wearable art in Nelson
Nelson Cathedral - odd mix of gothic and brutalist. (don't ask me, I'm not an architect, something like that)
Kaiteriteri - one of the south island's most popular beach spots. I get that.
Trying a new form of riding today
New contender in the best road signs stakes
Locally brewed ginger lager going down well after Takaka superhill. I thought I'd reached the top when I went to the caves only to discover I had another 5k more to climb. (I'll show that hill though - taking the ferry back to Nelson tomorrow instead - take that big lump of marble)
Hanging out in Ngarau, you've probably never heard of it, it's pretty underground
6k into a 10k climb - not bad if you like that sort of thing
Something else I like about NZ - they take steak sandwiches seriously
Still waters in Motueka. This stretch of road, a couple of blocks from the main shopping strip is deserted.
Really liking Almond House hostel in Nelson. They have a nice vibe, free wifi, cool art on the walls, a kitty and a free mame arcade machine.
So which way do I go now? Oh, thanks road sign
Flat road, decent shoulder.
Shrek burger (named for Shrek the runaway sheep) and Epic IPA
Looking at all the WW1 planes at Omaka aviation heritage centre
Hooray - hostel office doesn't open for another 40 mins and the speakers are playing the crappiest commercial fm station ever. Cultural experience I guess. Also, 132.53km today, new record
Time for a spot of lunch - just under half way to Blenheim. (though the last 40k is hills - boooo)
Sheep and sea
Signs I don't see every day
Watching a dog herd ducks at the 100th Kaikoura Show
Kaikoura - the hostel may be full of hippy drummers but that's a pretty view
How's the serenity?
DB Draught at Waiau pub going down well after 126k ride in 6.5 hours. Waiau pronounced why-ow - which is what my arse is saying to me.
100 not out. 20 to go
Darlingbike wanted to stop for lunch for a bit - I could've kept going but you know how cranky (get it?) bikes get when hungry
That's odd, must have taken a wrong turn somewhere.
Memorial for the earthquake 185 earthquake victims. People have put these all over CHCH
Welcome or warning?
Hill of the day conquered, time to enjoy a coffee and a view
Annemiek Poortman and Jorrit Thiele at Bully Hayes - Akaroa. Fellow cycle tourists just starting.
Oh hai - what's your name? Or, salut, comment vous appellez vous?
Chillin in "the love shack" in Sunny Akaroa after a 93km ride over all the hills. (and then more hills just when you figure you are done)
7km of steep uphill and this view is the payoff.
Time for lunch at Little River - 2/3 of the way to Akaroa. Pretty sure that hill has my name on it.
Ok I guess the scenery is pretty impressive then. Also the feeling of doing my first big hill
Back to Dux Live for tasty yakitori chicken and beer.
Making new friends in Riccarton
Delicious egg and bacon roll on Turkish bread with homemade tomato relish in this cafe attached to the possibly misnamed hidden garden shop
Staying in an uberclean and mildly inhospitable hostel in a sketchy neighbourhood. I think I was spoiled by my first choice. It's just for another day and I can mosey off to nicer parts of town easily enough.
Sitting in a beautiful park on a glorious day next to a tree covered in these freaky cicada husks. Contemplating Belgian beer and mussels festival.
Dux Live listening to soundcheck and drinking a local beer that is served in units that I didn't catch 3 times. Glass? 12oz?
Canterbury museum is fantastic and the World of Wearable art show gave me shivers.
Sleeping in an old prison cell, just me and darlingbike. Managed to get lost within 3km of the airport. Will have gps tomorrow without fail. Christchurch is a pretty city though in parts.
|Dates:||16 Feb 2012 - 5 Apr 2012|
|Duration:||1 month, 2 weeks|