• postie phil

    Hi how many times I have took the short route only to slog through mud or trees wishing I had taken the road . Its what makes the memorys . Path less bushwacked lol

    February 22, 2012
  • Stuart Knoles

    Seems this landscape will go into pleasant impressions in your mind.

    February 22, 2012
  • KTB

    I’m loving your photos. They are inspiring (-maybe you can work a deal with Tourism New Zealand?)

    Looking forward to doing some cycling in the south next visit to New Zealand.

    February 22, 2012
  • The Trickster

    Its amazing countryside through there. Love Tekapo too. Sad to hear you’re leaving soon though.

    February 23, 2012
  • Ah Twizel. Stayed there on my NZ trip back in the 90s. A short ride after the previous days slog from Lake Tekapo to Mt Cook. We stayed in a lakeside hostel in Tekapo which was possibly the most beautiful place I’ve ever woken up in.

    February 23, 2012
  • Jody Smith Williams

    We made a similar bad decision while mountain biking in NZ near Wellington – trying to avoid back tracking a long uphill climb and thought we could ford across a river to save time. First we had to cross a thicket of gorse, carrying bikes overhead and getting eaten up by thorns. Finally made it to the river’s edge to discover it was much wider and more treacherous than it looked. So back through the gorse, and back up the hill we went… Also got a flat tire from the gorse, with no pump, so we improvised by filling the tire with grass. It worked, kind of.

    February 23, 2012
  • Andrew

    Great idea to skip Queenstown. Although the scenery is like nothing else in our country, it is basically a tourist trap of the highest degree. DOC camping grounds all the way!

    I have always wanted to cycle from Cromwell, through the McKenzie country. Will you go to Tekapo? Best skies in New Zealand (on a clear night).

    February 23, 2012
  • Ruairidh

    Be sure to take the hydro canal roads to Tekapo rather than the State Highway. You might get a chance to get the fishing rod out too, ask in Twizel about permits etc.

    February 23, 2012

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