|Day 0||Nov 17||Thursday||Christchurch|
|Day 1||Nov 18||Friday||Christchurch to Punakaiki|
|Day 2||Nov 19||Saturday||Punakaiki to Inangahua|
|Day 3||Nov 20||Sunday||Inangahua to St. Arnaud|
|Day 4||Nov 21||Monday||St. Arnaud to Motueka|
|Tasman||Nov 22||Tuesday||Hike in Tasman NP|
|Day 5||Nov 23||Wednesday||Motueka to Rai Valley|
|Day 6||Nov 24||Thursday||Rai Valley to Spring Creek|
|Day 7||Nov 25||Friday||Spring Creek to Blenheim|
|Day 8||Nov 26||Saturday||Blenheim to Cycle Packers Hostel|
|Day 9||Nov 27||Sunday||Cycle Packers Hostel to Kaikoura|
|Day 10||Nov 28||Monday||Kaikoura to Christchurch|
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.
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.
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.
Last updated January 14, 2010