Cycling Tour in New Zealand, Day 8

November 26 Saturday, Blenheim to Cycle Packers Hostel

Day 8 map

Day 8 elevation profile
35 miles, 1329 feet of climb, 630 ft max

We were ready to go at 7:45 but had to wait until the office opened at 8:00 to get our key deposit.

Sue looking at the dry hills The east coast is much drier than the west coast.

Vinyards with mountains in the background The wind was almost as strong as yesterday. We stopped for lunch at Ward about 1:30. It took 5-1/2 hours to go 28 miles! The tearoom had gifts and free maps and flyers. We both had the crumble-baked chicken sandwiches which were quite good.

Looking down at a train There's a rail line that roughly parallels Highway 1 going down the coast.

Road descending through the hills to the sea We descended to the coast just a few miles before the turnoff to the hostel.

Water tank with bicycle sculpture on top We had been told that the turnoff is marked by a "water tank with a bicycle on top". We had no idea what to expect, but it was obvious when we got there.

Hay baling machine sitting in a field There was a hay baling machine sitting in the grass by the road on the way to the hostel.

Sign at the entrance to the hostel The Cycle Packers hostel, aka "Pedallers Rest" is specifically "geared" for touring cyclists. However this weekend a big group of Girl Guides is camped in front of the bunkhouse. So they put us up in a tiny cabin up near the house. The owners are away in Christchurch so the neighbur checked us in. She also showed us their collection of New Zealand marino wool cycling jerseys. I bought a long-sleeved model for NZ$165. (About US$115, no sales tax)

Looking through the door of the cabin This photo of our cabin was taken by Sue.

Another couple from Switzerland cycled in not long after we arrived. They decided to camp instead of taking the twin room that had originally been saved for us in the bunkhouse.

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