Sue and Alan's Cycling Tour in New Zealand

Map of New Zealand

Day 0Nov 17ThursdayChristchurch
Day 1Nov 18FridayChristchurch to Punakaiki
Day 2Nov 19SaturdayPunakaiki to Inangahua
Day 3Nov 20SundayInangahua to St. Arnaud
Day 4Nov 21MondaySt. Arnaud to Motueka
TasmanNov 22TuesdayHike in Tasman NP
Day 5Nov 23Wednesday Motueka to Rai Valley
Day 6Nov 24ThursdayRai Valley to Spring Creek
Day 7Nov 25FridaySpring Creek to Blenheim
Day 8Nov 26SaturdayBlenheim to Cycle Packers Hostel
Day 9Nov 27SundayCycle Packers Hostel to Kaikoura
Day 10 Nov 28  MondayKaikoura to Christchurch
Conclusion
Miles

In November 2005 my friend Sue and I did a 2-week cycling tour in New Zealand. We started in Christchurch, the principal city on the south island. From there we took the "Tranz Scenic" train over the mountains to the west coast at Greymouth from where we started the cycling portion of the trip. Since we had only two weeks, we confined our tour to the northern part of the south island.

During the tour I kept a diary on my hand-held Palm Pilot computer. Since it is fairly painful to input text using the stylus and "Graffiti" the diary is a bit terse. On future trips I will take a computer with a full-sized keyboard so I can write more freely.

Some useful NZ bicycle touring links

BBH Backpacker Hostels.
"Pedallers Paradise" The NZ bicycle touring map books that everyone uses.
Accomodations for cyclists on the South Island
GPS detail maps for New Zealand.
Tourist information
Maps from the New Zealand Automobile Association.
Jason's Travel Channel, a travel association that publishes good books.
Top 10 Holiday Parks Campground chain. Like KOA in the US but nicer for cyclists.
New Zealand weather
The Press The Christchurch newspaper.
The Dominion Post The Wellington newspaper.
The New Zealand Herald The Aukland newspaper.

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Last updated January 14, 2010