New Zealand SummaryRidden on April 15th, 2019 by The Reads
The green line denotes where we have cycled. See our Route page for more detail
From: Queenstown Airport to Lower Hutt, Wellington
No. days: 40 days (including 10 days off the bike)
Distance: 1,455 kms (904 miles)
TOTAL Distance since leaving the UK: 17,877 kms (11,108 miles)
See Strava - @readcycleread - for full route details.
DOC/council campsites: 7 nights
Wild camps: 8 nights
Backpackers: 1 night
Friends & Family: 20 nights
Warmshowers: 3 hosts over 3 nights
Breathtaking scenery: mountains, rivers, lakes, forest, scrubland, glaciers, coastal clifss. You name it and New Zelanad has probably got it. The downside to taking the West Coast of the South Island is that it’s infamous for rain, but then you wouldn’t get the lush green rainforest so you can’t have it all!
Our vegetarian diet took a bit of a backseat as we stayed with many friends and family all of farming backgrounds bought up on meat and two veg! Not complaining though, we’ve been fed so well by everyone we’ve stayed with here and very grateful. Tip Top ice cream is back on the menu for Jules, and chocolate milk, a solid post-ride favourite! We’ve had our fair share of fish and chips, mussels, pipis and other sea food. Oh and bread sweet bread! It’s been a luxury to be able to stop and make our own sandwiches again.
Wellington! Home Sweet Home!