New Zealand offers up an enticing mix of quiet roads, spectacular scenery, and old-fashioned hospitality. Although it’s a small country, the bicycle touring route options are almost endless.There are so many choices that it’s sometimes hard to know where to
Farewell New Zealand
“How far to the Summit?” “You’re almost there–it’s just on the other side of the tunnel—you’ll need a torch, it’s pretty dark inside.” I was relieved. We’d just dragged our bikes through the washout at Siberia Gully. I was hungry.
Into the Heartland
The Maori people paddled their canoes to New Zealand’s shores some 700 years ago. Descendants of these early settlers still populate the East Cape. The East Cape sometimes gets a bad rap. Concerned New Zealanders from other parts of the
Taking to the Trails!
Mountain biking trails on a fully loaded bicycle? Yes, it’s possible. I know. From experience. No entirely positive experience. But one I ultimately don’t regret. Now, I’d come to New Zealand expecting some fairly laidback cycling. I got about 100
A Forgotten World
One reason bicycle touring is so beloved is that it drags us away from all the distractions of daily life. While out riding, we stop obsessing over Twitter followers, Facebook likes and the latest i-phone apps. Being out on the
Wild, Wonderful and very, very WET!
I sometimes think we ought to hire ourselves out as rainmakers. It seems wherever we cycle the wet weather follows. Even in the Sahara, one of the driest places on the planet, we experienced a freak storm that left us
Surviving New Zealand
Sometimes paradise sours. A dose of extreme weather does the trick on the South Island. We were warned. That I’ll admit. Pack your rain gear and lots of layers we were told. Snow’s possible any time of year. And it
Pedaling through Paradise
We’d been hearing about New Zealand’s charms for years. One of the best cycling destinations in the world we were told. Rugged mountain passes, spectacular coastal roads, stunningly beautiful countryside and miles and miles of unpaved backroads where the sheep