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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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Volcanoes!

Monday 24 February 20 – Whanganui to Pipiriki – 75km Woke to a cool, but clear day which made a nice change as it has been a bit grey and damp recently. We had an enormous cooked breakfast, compliments of George, and then had to tear ourselves away from the fantastic hospitality we have experienced […]

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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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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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