My Mid-Winter Molesworth Ride

Last year on my ride around the South Island I ran out of time to cycle the Molesworth. So this remote high country station road was on the top of my list for this year. One slight inconvenience is that the road closes 8 months a year. 2 out of 3 days a year they…

Back Country

I don’t like rain. Some people might say coming to NZ in autumn might not be the brightest idea. But I have been very lucky with the weather these past few months. I had lots of clear sunny days and if it did rain good things happened. Like the lady who found me at the…

A Zig and A Zag

Napier is different. Not only because the whole town has been re-build in Art Deco style after a big earthquake flattened most of the city in 1931.

Way Out East

I noticed a little wiggly road on my map going nowhere. So I went to have a look.  The Ohuka road, winds its way over a ridge and down a valley from where it climbs as a little dirt track and keeps going up and down until your legs are screaming. Or just plain give…

A bit Upsy Downsy

If you ever happen to ride a bicycle through the forgotten world highway make sure you stay on top of the tahora saddle. Where Annie and Rob run a wonderful little campsite, and you wake up with this view in the morning. described by a local as ‘a bit upsy downsy’ the road is build through…

Familiar Faces in New Places

How lucky was I to run into Tony & Margaret last year (twice!) on some South Island backtracks, not only did they give me some useful pointers down that way, we also parted with the words; “If you ever get to Auckland….” So here I find myself, in Tony’s spare room while getting ready for…

Life aboard a Cargo Ship

Since I had no choice but to leave Australia I figured I might as well do it in a memorable way. I have also discovered I have a severe dislike of flying. Or anything to do with an airport. (especially the official bits) There seemes to be many pro’s of travelling by ship.