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Our adventure comes to an end….

As Coronavirus grips the world, although things are still pretty relaxed in New Zealand we have decided to end our trip a few weeks early and get back to the U.K. while we can.  The uncertainty of whether our flights will be operational in a few weeks time or whether the U.K. border will still […]

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Haka, Hobbits and a wHole lot more…

Sunday 1 March 2020.  Taupo to Rotarua. 87km. We left Irene’s with a mix of feeling: sad to leave yet inspired by our lovely host. Irene is 80 years old and regularly cycles and hikes so that she remains fit enough to go skiing every year.  In fact while we were there she confirmed her […]

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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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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 wild we(s)t coast of South Island

Friday 24 January. Lake Hawea to Pleasant Flat camping area.  81 km. From the minute we set off at 7.30 today it was straight into the hills of Mount Aspiring National Park.  But the puffing and panting was worth every minute because once again every corner we turned was into one amazing view after another. […]

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Everything we imagined NZ to be

13 January 2020. Dunedin to Balclutha.  83km.  Getting out of DunedIn wasn’t the easiest….partly because my navigation skills are still in development and partly because the roads weren’t particularly well signposted – especially ones where bikes aren’t allowed.  We had just joined State Highway 1 (SH1), when a friendly driver rolled down his window to […]

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