New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 12 – Tuatapere to Invercargill

New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 12 – Tuatapere to Invercargill
Southern Scenic road at the coast to Invercargill.

The night in Tuatapere was really stormy and in the morning we had to search some of the tent pegs in the grass. Luckily, the tarp was not blown away. The first kilometers in the direction of the southern coast went smoothly. It was again the Southern scenic road. But as we got closer to the ocean the wind got…

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New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 11 – Manapouri to Tuatapere

New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 11 –  Manapouri to Tuatapere
Officer chicken checking the bikes. Oops no vehicles permitted...

On our rest day in the small village Manapouri we got the chance to visit the alpacas from Kepler Mountain View Alpacas. We booked a tour to learn some interesting key facts about those whooly guys and could feed and pet them. Afterwards we visited the yard sale of alpaca products and bought warm socks to prepare for more cold…

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New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 10 – Queenstown to Manapouri

On our relax day in Queenstown we did not rush around. After sleeping long and having a nice breakfast in the public kitchen of our accomodation we brought Alex bike to the guys of Bikeaholic. Luckily, they managed to do the repair during the day. So we could go on with our tour on time. For lunch (which surprise!) we…

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New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 9 – Wanaka to Queenstown

New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 9 – Wanaka to Queenstown
Our bikes at the top of Crown Range. Also they needed a break.

On our rest day in Wanaka we just relaxed at the beach, ate in another japanese restaurant and went to bed early. But during the night it got really stormy so that we had to leave the tent once in a while to fix the tarp again. In the morning it was cloudy and we already knew what would come…

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New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 8 – Makarora to Wanaka

New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 8 – Makarora to Wanaka
The neck - between Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea. Also a tough climb.

Waking up in Makarora with the sun we were happy that the summer was not already gone again. We started early and cycled further on the Highway 6 in the direction of Wanaka. The street went along the beautiful Lake Wanaka. And after a tough climbing we could enjoy a stunning view over Lake Hawea. The landscape was incredible but…

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New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 7 – Haast to Makarora

New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 7 – Haast to Makarora
Stopping at some peak on our way to Haast pass.

We set our alarm clock early but at 6 in the morning a terrible thundestorm raged outside our hotel in Haast. So we slept one hour again and packed our things together quite slowly waiting at least for the thunderstorm to end. Finally, we could start in nice typical New Zealand West Coast weather - meaning rain 😉. We were…

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New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 6 – Lake Paringa to Haast

New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 6 – Lake Paringa to Haast
Mystic fog over Lake Paringa.

After a night with sandflies sounds all around us, these were waiting to get their breakfast from our bodies. So in the morning we prepared with lots of long clothes, woolen hat etc. to give them no skin to land on. But probably it was too late and we got already biten all over the body on the evening before.…

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New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 5 – Fox Glacier to Lake Paringa

New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 5 – Fox Glacier to Lake Paringa
Beautiful Lake Paringa. Quiet conversion campsite.

After the tough tour to Fox Glacier we had a resting day there and could relax a bit in the park, watch some birds and drink some well deserved beers. We went to bed early as we wanted to be at our next spot already at lunch to have time to enjoy Lake Paringa at a conversation campsite. Crazy bridges,…

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New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 4 – Harihari to Fox Glacier

New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 4 – Harihari to Fox Glacier
Our bikes at lake Wahapo.

Although the weather was awful in Harihari when we arrived yesterday, we had a bit of time to walk around and visited some public art in the small village. There was a park with self-made mosaics with pictures and written wishes on them. When we went back to our tent we saw the sign for Highway 6 saying that the…

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New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 3 – Hokitika to Harihari

New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 3 – Hokitika to Harihari
Our tent after the heavy rain in Harihari - the floods are already gone.

The day before the third stage of our tour we had a wonderful rest day in Hokitika. We visited the coast side and the little town, saw a lot of gulls and dead wood at the beach. We also had a nice lunch in a restaurant with lots of vegan options including gluten-free stuff. In the evening we cooked a…

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