New Zealand Cycle

The Italian Job – End of the Cycle

The Italian Job – End of the Cycle

After a great night out in Dunedin where we attended a fundraising dinner and even got called up to sing a song during a great session organised and co-ordinated by Mick Quinn and Mick Galway. I woke up after a very welcome night’s sleep for […]

Day 10: Cycle Done and Dusted!

Day 10: Cycle Done and Dusted!

So after 2 weeks, 10 days on the bike and 1150km travelled 30 sore and tired Irish bodies managed to make their way into Dunedin ahead of the crunch Rugby World Cup game against Italy. We had an early start from Hyde where we took […]

Day 9: Naseby to Middlemarch

Day 9: Naseby to Middlemarch

On this trip the entire group have been completely spoiled by the standard of accommodation, food and general facilities that we have used through out the journey, but last night the accommodation was a little on the ropey side, with four grown men all sharing […]

Day 8: Complete the Distance but with Technical Difficulties

Day 8: Complete the Distance but with Technical Difficulties

We set out from Alexandra at a nice pace as part of a large group, with a few ‘undulating’ hills for the start of the ride we made our way through the first 15km without any incident, until I found myself about twenty metres out […]

Day 7: Back to Basics and a Smashing Time!

Day 7: Back to Basics and a Smashing Time!

Today was easily the nicest day we’ve had on the cycle so far, the wind was at our backs, the sun was high in the cloud free sky, and the 75km distance was virtually entirely downhill. It was as if the cycling gods had decided […]

Day 6: The Jewel in the Queen’s Crown!

Day 6: The Jewel in the Queen’s Crown!

So it’s been a few days since my last post. The reason for that is purely down to the huge fun factor that exists everywhere in Queenstown, the activity and party capital of this fantastic country. Getting my priorities first, day six of the cycle […]

Day 5: Into the Gates of Haast

Day 5: Into the Gates of Haast

I woke this morning in Haast, having already made the decision to rest today. When I stuck my head through the door of the cabin, I was mightly relieved. We were faced with a light drizzle, but by the time we had finished breakfast and […]

Day 4: Won the Battle, but lost the War!

Day 4: Won the Battle, but lost the War!

So after a relaxing day in Franz Josef Glacier, where the gang took part in various activities from glacier heli-hikes to Kayaking and scenic helicopter flights to attempted sky dives, most of the group went along to the thermal baths in the township. With three […]

Day 3: Hokitika to Franz Joseph across Mount Hercules

Day 3: Hokitika to Franz Joseph across Mount Hercules

Up to now we’ve been cycling large distances over some considerable climbs, through Porter’s and Arthur’s pass on each of the first few days, this time our route was more or less flat, except for a 10km peak in the middle of the day which […]

Day 2: Otira Gorge & Arthurs Pass

Day 2: Otira Gorge & Arthurs Pass

The group woke at 7am, with the previous evening’s blizzard only a distant memory, as we emerged from our cabins, the view was breathtaking, with alpine peaks making up the horizon in every direction. We had been unable to see any of these mountains the […]