New Zealand so far has been a cycling paradise. Scenery that looks like it should have come from a fantasy cycle tour movie directed by James Cameron:) and drivers that give you plenty of room along with generally good road surfaces. Honestly I can't think of more that you would want from a cycle holiday in terms of terrain.
After the first couple of days my legs and bum warmed into hauling a heavy load and with many kms and 4 packets of hot cross buns behind us I feel fully in the swing of it now. We have had good weather so far and only one day where we finished in a horrendous headwind as the light faded and the picnic ground we aimed to camp in only came just in time but fighting the wind across isolated plains watching the sun set over our first glimpse of the snow capped mountains was exciting.
The Canterbury agricultural plains of the first few days have now given way to turquoise lakes and magnificant mountains. A particular highlight was the privately owned canal road from Lake Tekapo to Twizel that found us sailing on an isolated road with a strong tailwind and mountains surrounding - stopping at a salmon farm for some smoked salmon.
Anyway - pictures say more than I can describe: