Up in the air! (part 2)

Up in the air! (part 2)

The flight from Wellington to Auckland was uneventful. The Boeing 787 had an up-to-date entertainment system and a good collection of films. My luggage arrived in good shape and most importantly all of it. A first annoyance at hearing that my bags would not be...
Up in the air! (part 1)

Up in the air! (part 1)

This is how travel is supposed to work: a nice breakfast, check-out at the hotel, a relaxing 25 minutes of cycling along the Wellington coast in the morning sun to the airport (all on bike lanes), then a quick electronic check-in, a friendly AirNZ guy at the service...
Wellington & Weta

Wellington & Weta

My day in the Capital starts with a walk along the coast to Miramar, home of Weta Workshop. I’ve booked a tour at the famous special effects studio at 12.30 and as I’m running late I have to take the bus part of the (8 km) way. In front, visitors are...
Over the sea

Over the sea

On the road at nine, the steep uphill out of the Sounds is a good way to start the day. It’s cloudy today, looking like rain, which is a welcome change to the hot sunny days. The first part of the road is flat, until I reach the The Grove Arm and the road starts...
The Last Camp

The Last Camp

After a quiet night I start out around eight from the forest camp. Soon the first uphill, Rai Saddle, comes up and its 150 m ascent in the morning feels harder than the higher hills yesterday. At Pelorus Bridge I only stop shortly as the sandflies are too aggressive...
Clarke Valley – Nelson – Graham Stream

Clarke Valley – Nelson – Graham Stream

From Clarke Valley I start out around nine o’clock. While packing my tent the smaller of my aluminium tent poles breaks. I will need to get a replacement or repair kit in Nelson later. After roughly 20 km downhill, the 150 m ascent to Spooner’s saddle...
Lyell – Kawatiri Junction – Clarke Valley

Lyell – Kawatiri Junction – Clarke Valley

From Lyell I start out on the road around ten again, steadily riding through hilly terrain to Murchison (35km) where I go grocery shopping and rest in the small park next to the bowling green. The town is fairly nice with lots of Cafés but also everything else you...
East of West

East of West

(note: title stolen from an amazing comic) Starting with the sunrise at six, the road is all but empty. Around nine, traffic picks up a bit but doesn’t get too annoying. I pass through Charleston and head on towards Westport not entering the town, though....
Hokitika – Greymouth – Punakaiki

Hokitika – Greymouth – Punakaiki

Being woken by the sun on your tent is usually nice. Today I woke round 8.30 because my tent was overheating, which isn’t that great. Having gotten on the road round ten, I arrive in Hokitika shortly after eleven and find a small market going. I buy fabulous...
Up the coast

Up the coast

From Otto’s Corner I start out around 9.30 into another sunny day. An hour later I think of the fact that I haven’t had any defect yet and stop to do something about that. One really needs to have had some defect on a bike tour like this (everybody’s...