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The Day the Outdoor Camping Dream Died

We hadn’t necessarily planned to make it all the way to the southernmost city in New Zealand, but Invercargill was calling us (as was the opportunity to stay with the forest garden gurus of NZ which we will tell you all about in the next post). The bus ride was a bit long and we […]

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Rainbow at The Food Farm in New Zealand

Our Stay at the Food Farm

It was a cold and grey day as we arrived in Amberley on the bus and we hadn’t had anything but a muffin for breakfast so we decided to stop at the local cafe on the recommendation of the public bathroom cleaner who had chatted our ears off about his adventures by motorcycle around the […]

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Trains, Canterbury Plains and Bicycle Wheels

One of the main tourist spots along the West Coast of the South Island is Pancake or Punakaiki Rocks (Maori for pancake?), which were almost exactly half way between Westport and Greymouth. We had camped a kilometre downhill from the geological wonder and headed there after a bit of a slow start, the next morning. […]

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In which we meet the wet west coast

We departed from our Christmas enclave after sending some messages home to friends and family as their Christmas Day dawned. We didn’t have time to cycle and tour all around the Abel Tasman park area, but we knew that it was worth heading up to the beach at Marahou before returning to catch our shuttle […]

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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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South Island Nostalgia

We arrived in Picton on the ferry – even before we arrived, actually – we were entirely struck with how similar everything felt to home. To look out on Picton was like arriving in Snug Cove on Bowen Island. To look back out on Cook Strait from the comfort of our hotel room was like […]

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Christian on the Train from Masterton to Wellington

The Winds of Wellington

The southernmost point on the North Island. We made it. The full title of this post was going to be The Winds of Wellington, by George R. R. Martin. But the great George R. R. Martin didn’t write a book called The Winds of Wellington, and we’re all cheering for him to finish writing The […]

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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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