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:









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Comment by Neil Alexander on March 13, 2010 at 10:10am
You are stirring many fond memories and generating much envy here across the pond.

Bonne route, as they would not say in Kiwiland.
Comment by Tony Arnold on March 13, 2010 at 11:57pm
Looks fantastic Naomi, especially that last shot! Looks like Tour de France territory!
Comment by Michael O'Reilly on March 14, 2010 at 2:47pm
I rode those same roads just last year.

Never knew about that private canal-side road though! I just looked it up on Google satellite map, it looks fantastic! Is it public access?

Have a great time, and if you're wondering and going that way, the Lindis Pass is not a big challenge IMHO. Tackle it early and you'll hardly notice it.
Comment by Neil Alexander on March 14, 2010 at 6:03pm
Shoulda read the guidebook more closely, Mr O' ;-)
Comment by baa baa on March 14, 2010 at 7:08pm
A tour of NZ and no photos of sheep?
Surely the large, fast foreign bipedal birds have not taken over, yet.
Comment by naomi on March 20, 2010 at 8:31am
Don't worry baa baa I now have a fluffy sheep mascot on the back of my bike! Will add some pics in another update when I get some good internet time.

We have had some pretty bad headwinds over the last week. Michael O - Lindis pass was a BIG challenge but only because it was a howling southerly that day and it took us about 8hrs to do 80km! We did stop at the top for a cold sandwich and then had to pedal hard down the steep descent! It was pretty though - stark and a bit spooky on the day we were there. This hill was NOTHING in comparison to the Crown Saddle out of Queenstown towards Wanaka though. Some windswept pictures of this in the next update - and yes I had to get off for 200m and yes there were some tears:) All ok in the end though but it was a steep one!!! Ok off to more headwind and Haast Pass now...:)

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