Wednesday, 6 March 2013

New Zealand, South Island - Cycle Tour Map

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A Summary of the South Island Tour


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Overall distance was about 2500km or 1500 miles, between February 3rd and March 20th 1993.

Finished off with a w/e wandering around the Marlborough vineyards with Jo. We did this on foot starting with a champagne breakfast somewhere (getting there by taxi first) and then visiting a string of different vineyards until I was carrying a case of a selection of wines. I was intending to have these shipped home but when I enquired after the costs of shipping and the duty I would have to pay I decided against it. They were eventually drunk at a party at Jo's place, in Wellington, before I left.

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Here are my cheats:

1) Rode on the Kingston Flyer Train, about 10 miles
2) Accepted a lift in a pick-up for the last few miles into Te Anau, may be 15 miles
3) Took the bus from Te Anau into Milford Sound, 80 miles
4) Took the bus out of Milford Sound to the tunnel, 30 miles
5) Rode the "Southerner" train from Invercargill to Dunedin, 120 miles
6) Rode the Taieri Gorge Railway from Dunedin to Pukerangi, 50 miles
7) Rode the Post Boat from Nelson to Pohara, 60 miles

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Regrets:

1) I should have ridden to Christchurch
2) I should have gone to Stewart Island
3) I should have rode the train over Arthur's Pass to Christchurch and then ridden back over it
4) I should have found someone to go on a sea-kayaking/camping tour in Abel Tasman National Park
5) I should have gone back!
6) I should have done some 'tramping'

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