14 comments


  • Jolene

    Photos are gorgeous! which camera are you using? Can’t wait to see a new video of the route! Happy Traveling!

    January 06, 2012
  • Barb Cuthbert

    Amazing report – thanks a million, it captures my euphoria after doing the ride a year or so ago! I’m so glad you enjoyed the rural serenity and stunning panoramas too. Those ‘saddles’on the road ARE formidable, but I agree, they are worth it. Whangamomoma is a historic gem, and fabulous place to stay overnight in comfy beds.And the old schoolroom sounds like a welcome addition!Thanks again for a brilliant report!

    January 07, 2012
  • Dave

    Did you get a chance to pick up a Whangamomona republic passport?

    January 07, 2012
  • Kevin

    Wow! Absolutely stunning. So green and lush. Not that NoHo isn’t… well, okay, no comparison. Thanks for sharing.

    January 07, 2012
  • The Trickster

    I’ve always looked at having a ride through the Forgotten Highway – just haven’t got around to it yet.

    Looks like an amazing ride :D

    January 07, 2012
  • Paul

    Here are pictures from my tour of the South Island:

    https://picasaweb.google.com/106377638021655393024/NewZealandSouthIsland

    Have you heard of Louise Sutherland? She was a Kiwi who did a solo around-the-world cycle tour in her 20s. Later, in her 50s, she became the first person to cycle the Trans-Amazon Highway.

    January 09, 2012
  • Julie

    OMG! Thank you for this. I am so enjoying imagining my own trip someday of the towns & scenery you are so eloquently describing! Happy pedaling!

    January 10, 2012
  • tina

    your bicycling adventure really make you guys so lovely and it shows in your picture that it makes your bond stronger. Awesome adventure!

    More pedal power to you both!

    January 10, 2012
  • Rudy

    Your photos are incredible! I know you are using Nikon, but which model? What specific lens or lenses are you using for the above photos? I read all your posts everyday and keeps me motivated to keep riding my bike to work every day. Even in the freezing NY winter! Thank you for keeping us updated in your adventures!

    January 11, 2012
  • Its one of the many truly wonderful rides/drives/walks NZ has to offer.

    Sorry to read of your experiences in Wellington though – but most kiwis are actually pretty friendly people. Every country has idiots like that, unfortunately you met one of ours.

    Other rides of note, should you have the time and be nearby, would be the Wanganui river road – its a rugged bit of countryside, but has a lot of history about it. Also, the Gentle annie, as its commonly known. This road links the Hawkes Bay with Taihape. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/city-breaks/news/article.cfm?c_id=633&objectid=10388194

    The South island has a lot too..

    Hope the rest of your time here in NZ is not as wet, and you happen across the people who make us proud to be Kiwis, not arseholes!.

    January 11, 2012
  • Ian

    Wow – a beautiful ride from the looks. Where is that lovely seaside concrete path? Somewhere leading into New Plymouth? So sorry to hear about the road-rage attack. Us Kiwis get too hot under the collar sometimes; there’s no excuse. I hope you thoroughly enjoy your wonderful cycling adventure around this beautiful country… :-)

    January 11, 2012
  • AussieBikeBoy

    The Forgotten World Highway is on my list of rides to do when I return to NZ. Really inspired me on an other wise boring day at work. Loved your report on Waiheke Island. I caught the 360 Ferry to the far end of the island and rode back to the Fullers Ferry landing. There was a Tsunami warning out the day I was there but no one left the beach!

    January 11, 2012
  • Kim

    Wow – I loved your pics! I grew up in New Plymouth an have lived in Australia for the past 5 years but miss the beautiful small city every day!! Enjoy your travels guys!

    January 12, 2012
  • jonne B goode

    sorry to read about your road rage attack!! what a shocker. i thoroughly enjoyed your writings and photos of the forgotten highway, hope to do it within 2 years and your blog has valuable tips.
    i can recommend the otago rail trail if your headed that way also the ride from bannockburn to clyde is well worth it.
    safe cycling, kia kaha

    January 12, 2012

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