Back in Sydney waiting for bike and feeling like death. Fortunately darling Pam will fetch me from CBR
Posted: April 5, 2012, 5:12 a.m.
Big Kauri is big
Posted: April 4, 2012, 2:55 a.m.
Because they have standards in K road cafes
Posted: April 2, 2012, 8:51 p.m.
Hot Vietnamese coffee on a rainy day in Auckland
Posted: April 2, 2012, 1:07 a.m.
Breakfast of champions. (real food is on the way)
Posted: April 1, 2012, 8:03 p.m.
Still on a train
Posted: April 1, 2012, 7:08 a.m.
All aboooard for Auckland. 12 hours on a train ahead of me.
Posted: March 31, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Waiting to get on the ferry to Welly
Posted: March 30, 2012, 10:54 p.m.
Back in Nelson, back at the Pizza Bar, on my way to see The 39 Steps at the theatre
Posted: March 30, 2012, 5:58 a.m.
Styling' cafe in Westport
Posted: March 29, 2012, 1:17 a.m.
Then you come around a bend to this
Posted: March 28, 2012, 9:18 p.m.
Another day done. 8 more sleeps til my darling
Posted: March 28, 2012, 6:22 a.m.
Ahh, so the pancake rocks at Punakaiki aren't actually made of pancakes? Well that was a waste of a trip
Posted: March 28, 2012, 12:52 a.m.
People equate the Greymouth-Westport Rd to the Great Ocean Rd. I get that
Posted: March 27, 2012, 9:40 p.m.
Leopard themed room for the win
Posted: March 26, 2012, 11:07 p.m.
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.
Posted: March 26, 2012, 6:32 a.m.
Finally I can reveal the true purpose of my nz trip - a visit to the sock knitting machine museum
Posted: March 23, 2012, 1:51 a.m.
Just beyond the fence
Posted: March 23, 2012, 1:40 a.m.
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.
Posted: March 23, 2012, 1:07 a.m.
Guess which way the prevailing winds blow
Posted: March 22, 2012, 11:54 p.m.
Pretty sure this is the one that has been biting me. Rot in hell giant sandfly
Posted: March 22, 2012, 9:32 p.m.
Posted: March 22, 2012, 9:23 p.m.
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.
Posted: March 22, 2012, 3:06 a.m.
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Posted: March 21, 2012, 9:15 p.m.
Plus side to the weather
Posted: March 21, 2012, 8:09 p.m.
Overcast and drizzly - more what I was expecting. Fingers crossed it stays like this or gets better
Posted: March 21, 2012, 7:38 p.m.
End of the glacier
Posted: March 20, 2012, 9:13 p.m.
Does anyone feel like riding the last 10k? I'm happy to do it, just wanted to share the joy
Posted: March 20, 2012, 3:21 a.m.
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Posted: March 19, 2012, 9:33 p.m.
Just km after km of this.
Posted: March 19, 2012, 8:37 p.m.
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.
Posted: March 19, 2012, 4:56 a.m.
Trees get mossy here in Haast with all the rain
Posted: March 19, 2012, 3:37 a.m.
Posted: March 19, 2012, 1:31 a.m.
Nice sort of day really - 88.51kms down, 55.49 to go
Posted: March 19, 2012, 12:50 a.m.
Posted: March 18, 2012, 8:54 p.m.
Beat the rain to Wanaka. Tomorrows ride will be twice as long though so I'm readying myself.
Posted: March 18, 2012, 12:32 a.m.
What do you know, the grass actually is greener on the other side of the fence
Posted: March 17, 2012, 9:04 p.m.
It's traditional to have Korean food on St Patrick's day right?
Posted: March 17, 2012, 5:19 a.m.
Just an icecream by the lake kinda day
Posted: March 17, 2012, 1:34 a.m.
Nobody likes a show-off, Milford Sound
Posted: March 16, 2012, 1:26 a.m.
Still on the road
Posted: March 15, 2012, 8:52 p.m.
On the road to Milford Sound
Posted: March 15, 2012, 7:03 p.m.
Just one thing missing
Posted: March 15, 2012, 2:53 a.m.
Don't suppose anyone feels like assembling a bike for me?
Posted: March 15, 2012, 1:17 a.m.
The Dirty Three
Posted: March 14, 2012, 10:49 a.m.
Endless Boogie live up to their name with a 30+ min opening song
Posted: March 14, 2012, 8:30 a.m.
Posted: March 14, 2012, 2:18 a.m.
Hi Auckland airport, what's that? Give you a stupid amount of money to box and store my bike overnight? Well sure.
Posted: March 14, 2012, 12:12 a.m.
Apparently the best chips in New Zealand 2011 - a hotly contested title - Oppie's of Rotorua
Update - not bad at all
Posted: March 13, 2012, 5:58 a.m.
Another day, another cider. Passing through Rotorua. I'll be back Roti, (if you do something about that unfortunate smell)
Posted: March 13, 2012, 5:16 a.m.
Let's try that again in a town with something open
Posted: March 12, 2012, 11:16 p.m.
Lunch in Bulls - what could go wrong?
Posted: March 12, 2012, 10:44 p.m.
At the Weta Cave looking at nerdy things
Posted: March 11, 2012, 11:49 p.m.
Dinner at Fidel's on Cuba st. Wellington.
Posted: March 11, 2012, 5:58 a.m.
Curses, missed it by one day
Posted: March 11, 2012, 12:02 a.m.
The hot springs in Taupo - awwww yeeeaaahhh.
Posted: March 10, 2012, 4:34 a.m.
Checking out Napier, the art deco city
Posted: March 9, 2012, 5:56 a.m.
Watching the Kaka
Posted: March 9, 2012, 1:59 a.m.
Quick break in the quirkiest cafe in Masterton. Darlingface is disturbed by the camera
Posted: March 9, 2012, 12:06 a.m.
People watching in a hip Wellington cafe
Posted: March 7, 2012, 10:51 p.m.
Posted: March 7, 2012, 3:51 a.m.
Wellington - a blurrier city than I was expecting
Posted: March 6, 2012, 10:25 p.m.
Farewell South Island, don't go anywhere
Posted: March 6, 2012, 8:09 p.m.
Red sky at morning, have a safe ferry ride. Isn't that how the saying goes?
Posted: March 6, 2012, 5:58 p.m.
Queen Charlotte drive, easily the best ride of the tour
Posted: March 5, 2012, 2:23 a.m.
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.
Posted: March 5, 2012, 12:18 a.m.
Posted: March 4, 2012, 10:17 p.m.
Enjoying a feijoa cider next to a gig yurt, how's your day going?
Posted: March 4, 2012, 2:52 a.m.
Classic cars and wearable art in Nelson
Posted: March 3, 2012, 11:17 p.m.
Nelson Cathedral - odd mix of gothic and brutalist. (don't ask me, I'm not an architect, something like that)
Posted: March 2, 2012, 8:46 p.m.
Kaiteriteri - one of the south island's most popular beach spots. I get that.
Posted: March 2, 2012, 12:21 a.m.
Trying a new form of riding today
Posted: March 1, 2012, 8:24 p.m.
New contender in the best road signs stakes
Posted: March 1, 2012, 8:07 p.m.
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)
Posted: March 1, 2012, 5:11 a.m.
Hanging out in Ngarau, you've probably never heard of it, it's pretty underground
Posted: March 1, 2012, 12:04 a.m.
6k into a 10k climb - not bad if you like that sort of thing
Posted: Feb. 29, 2012, 9:04 p.m.
Something else I like about NZ - they take steak sandwiches seriously
Posted: Feb. 29, 2012, 1:50 a.m.
Still waters in Motueka. This stretch of road, a couple of blocks from the main shopping strip is deserted.
Posted: Feb. 29, 2012, 1:18 a.m.
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.
Posted: Feb. 28, 2012, 3:43 a.m.
So which way do I go now? Oh, thanks road sign
Posted: Feb. 28, 2012, 2:18 a.m.
Posted: Feb. 27, 2012, 10:14 p.m.
Flat road, decent shoulder.
Posted: Feb. 27, 2012, 8:54 p.m.
Shrek burger (named for Shrek the runaway sheep) and Epic IPA
Posted: Feb. 27, 2012, 5:27 a.m.
Looking at all the WW1 planes at Omaka aviation heritage centre
Posted: Feb. 26, 2012, 11:07 p.m.
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
Posted: Feb. 26, 2012, 3:23 a.m.
Time for a spot of lunch - just under half way to Blenheim. (though the last 40k is hills - boooo)
Posted: Feb. 25, 2012, 10:30 p.m.
Sheep and sea
Posted: Feb. 25, 2012, 9:32 p.m.
Signs I don't see every day
Posted: Feb. 25, 2012, 8:04 p.m.
Watching a dog herd ducks at the 100th Kaikoura Show
Posted: Feb. 24, 2012, 9:51 p.m.
Kaikoura - the hostel may be full of hippy drummers but that's a pretty view
Posted: Feb. 24, 2012, 2:10 a.m.
How's the serenity?
Posted: Feb. 23, 2012, 7:20 p.m.
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.
Posted: Feb. 23, 2012, 5:22 a.m.
100 not out. 20 to go
Posted: Feb. 23, 2012, 1:51 a.m.
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
Posted: Feb. 22, 2012, 10:07 p.m.
That's odd, must have taken a wrong turn somewhere.
Posted: Feb. 22, 2012, 8:07 p.m.
Memorial for the earthquake 185 earthquake victims. People have put these all over CHCH
Posted: Feb. 22, 2012, 6:43 p.m.
Welcome or warning?
Posted: Feb. 21, 2012, 8:52 p.m.
Hill of the day conquered, time to enjoy a coffee and a view
Posted: Feb. 21, 2012, 8:23 p.m.
Annemiek Poortman and Jorrit Thiele at Bully Hayes - Akaroa. Fellow cycle tourists just starting.
Posted: Feb. 21, 2012, 7:05 a.m.
Oh hai - what's your name?
Or, salut, comment vous appellez vous?
Posted: Feb. 20, 2012, 4:42 a.m.
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)
Posted: Feb. 20, 2012, 4:21 a.m.
7km of steep uphill and this view is the payoff.
Posted: Feb. 20, 2012, 2:19 a.m.
Time for lunch at Little River - 2/3 of the way to Akaroa. Pretty sure that hill has my name on it.
Posted: Feb. 20, 2012, 12:41 a.m.
Ok I guess the scenery is pretty impressive then. Also the feeling of doing my first big hill
Posted: Feb. 19, 2012, 10:34 p.m.
Back to Dux Live for tasty yakitori chicken and beer.
Posted: Feb. 19, 2012, 2:51 a.m.
Making new friends in Riccarton
Posted: Feb. 18, 2012, 10:29 p.m.
Delicious egg and bacon roll on Turkish bread with homemade tomato relish in this cafe attached to the possibly misnamed hidden garden shop
Posted: Feb. 18, 2012, 9:45 p.m.
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.
Posted: Feb. 18, 2012, 7:24 p.m.
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.
Posted: Feb. 17, 2012, 11:13 p.m.
Dux Live listening to soundcheck and drinking a local beer that is served in units that I didn't catch 3 times. Glass? 12oz?
Posted: Feb. 17, 2012, 7:50 a.m.
Canterbury museum is fantastic and the World of Wearable art show gave me shivers.
Posted: Feb. 16, 2012, 11:28 p.m.
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.
Posted: Feb. 16, 2012, 8:31 a.m.