"I give in, although it was raining when we did it, luckily not too hard. The downhill on the other sidewas a screamer, and I got so cold even the log fire in the pub (in the middle of summer) at the bottom couldnt get me warm. No one has mentioned…"
"Good try, Bob, but I think we have established in a previous session of one-upmanship discussion thread that you had it easy on that climb because, by 2005, that road was sealed all the way to Cardrona.
When I rode it in 1999, it had gravel the size…"
"Aaaah yes, Dunedin! Brings back memories of a car trip of NZ that the leader of the opposition and I did back in 1974.
We'd had a change of plans and had to buy a 2 man tent in Christchurch. Our first port of call was the lovely…"
"LBUG did a NZ tour in2005, seems like only yesterday.... We started at Tekapo to avoid the Canterbury Plain, then rode to Omarama first day, to Cromwell by the Lindis Pass on the next day (great ride up the pass, not too steep, Dutch cyclists with…"
"Doesn't really matter, I'd suggest starting out of Christchurch simply because there are more flights, and it is easier to get yourself sorted (more shops, accommodation, bike shops etc).
The wind isn't a factor to consider - if you…"
"Lots of useful tips, thanks for mentioning the word "via"
Do you think it would be less windy and better traffic condition if I start at Qeenstown and finish at Christchurch? What do oyu mean by sticking to the eastern…"
"Sticking to the eastern side of the divide is the right way to go, but as well as avoiding Arthur's Pass I'd also suggest you go via Lake Tekapo rather than through Lake Tekapo. It can be quite cold even in December, and your stuff will…"
"The roads are good, traffic generally light once you are away from Chch. It can get very hot in summer and shade is scarce.
Look at routes in Lonely Planet's Cycling New Zealand.
Some more detail of your proposed trip might be…"
I would like to ride from Cristchurch to Qeenstown in December 2012 (not through Arthur's Pass, through lake Tekapo). 23-25Km/hr and 5 hours per day. Any suggestion on road condition, anyone interested? See More