February 2020


An amazing Maori welcome

Thursday 20 Feb.  Wellington to Manakau. 96km. This morning wasn’t exactly my best bit of navigating – or even cycling – as we left Wellington on yet another damp grey morning.  As well as a busy capital city, Wellington is hilly ….as you can see from this photo which we took from a lookout point […]

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Goodbye South Island, Hello North Island

Thursday 13 February 20 – Nelson to Havelock – 76km So, we literally had to tear ourselves away from our luxury hotel in Nelson on Thursday morning – thank you so much to the Buckley family for great food, great company and comfortable surroundings.  We almost didn’t leave! On that note, Nelson is the only […]

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Sand cars and kayaks

Sandfly update….the dettol and baby oil mix that I had been using to deter the sandflies has “sort of” worked as there was about a week when I had no fresh bites. But saying that it could have just been that there were no actual sandflies.  But if nothing else it definitely took the itching away…so […]

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The Great Coast Road

Martina mentioned in the last blog that we’d met a bloke who was trapping possums for a living, which apparently were introduced from Tasmania in the 1800s as a source of fur. Unfortunately possums can strip a tree of its leaves, starting with the newest, most succulent tips. This generally kills the tree, after which […]

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