Bronwyn

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Musician, teacher, traveller. Currently on a year-long journey around the world. Bronwyn is one of the founders of onlyamazingdays.com.

The Tasteless Great Tasman Taste Trail (and what we got up to for Christmas)

The Great Tasman Taste Trail is a cycle route almost completely off the road that travels a distance of 64km from the outskirts of Nelson to Kaiteriteri on the edge of the Abel Tasman National Park. The one downside of a cycle route like this is that it is one way, and you either have […]

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Headwinds and Gravel and Hills, Oh MY!

We had done quite a bit of planning at the farm and were using a blog we had found online (the Travelling Two; check them out if you are interested in bike touring anywhere in the world because they have toured all over and their website is an excellent resource) to help us make our […]

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Hawke’s Bay Adventures: On the Razzle

The week went by very quickly, particularly because we had arranged to spend the weekend in Havelock North with our old pals, Al and Natalia, and take a winery tour together. This was one of the more memorable experiences we’ve had in New Zealand and was definitely worth the money. We found the most affordable […]

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Christian tending the chickens on the Warren Family Farm

Hawke’s Bay Adventures: On the Farm

We had told our wwoofing hosts that we would be arriving mid-afternoon, so pushed on towards Maraetotara past some vineyards and a craggy ridge, then up a very steep hill to an incredible viewpoint of the surrounding hills. We had about 8 km left to go (on a rural road, having left the cycle trail) […]

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Hawkes Bay Cycle Trail

Hawke’s Bay Adventures: On the Trails

Merry Christmas (and now Happy New Year just about), and sorry for the major delay on blog posts! Wifi has been difficult to attain in the South Island and we are trying to catch up as best we can, so bear with us! Beginning in Napier: I write this to you all now as an […]

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Thermal By Bike, Part 2

We had thought we might go to Waiotapu thermal park but it was pretty expensive and we felt like we had seen plenty of thermal activity in Rotorua so decided to just get to Taupo (which was still about 54km away). We had a late start, stopped at a little cafe on the side of […]

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Thermal By Bike, Part 1

The next day, it was time to hit the road to Taupo, our next stop and first Wwoofing farm location of New Zealand, and we were lucky that part way was an actual cycle path: Te Ara Ahi, or Thermal By Bike. We had 37 km to our destination that night and the path was […]

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The Safest of Extreme Sports in Rotorua

So we were safely in Rotorua, exhausted from a crazy day and had plans to get up early in the morning, meet up with Al and Natalia and go zorbing! But we were both starving and hadn’t seen downtown Rotorua yet, so set off in the dark (it was dark by the time we settled […]

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A Series of Unfortunate Turns and a Rotorua Rescue

After our camper van adventure in the Northlands and our very restful and recalibrating stay with our friends in the Mount, it was time to finally hit the road and get back in the saddle again. We were both feeling pretty confident about the bike tune-up that we had gotten from a local bike shop: […]

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The Sun Also Rises Over Cathedral Cove

We had promised ourselves we would get up for the sun rise at Cathedral Cove. The alarm was set for 5:55, the instant coffee granules laid out in their cups and the water was ready in the kettle to be boiled on the gas. In New Zealand, the birds start singing hours before sunrise so […]

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