NZ Day 15 Epilogue

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It seems only logical to follow up our recent NZ cycling adventure with some “behind the scenes” facts and figures.  Firstly, a big thank you goes to Mike & Colleen for putting together the itinerary and planning the journey.  A…

NZ Day 14 Auckland

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NZ has tried hard to keep us here.  It rained all night.  In the morning Robert received 2 flat tyres, followed soon after with Mike.  Tyre tally:  Mark (2), Robert (2), Ed (2), Rayner (1), and Mike (1).  Despite all…

NZ Day 13 Waiuku

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After saying goodbye to our hosts, Penny & Anita, we left the farm towards the town of Pukekohe for morning coffee.  Whilst it was mostly rolling countryside along the same range that the farm was located, we had to drop…

NZ Day 12 Shekinah Farm B&B

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We’ll start this report by saying that we finished high on a ridge, on a farm overlooking the magnificent Waikato river valley towards Thames with the mountains of Coromandel in the distance.  It looks like we have come almost a…

NZ Day 11 Hamilton

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It was supposed to be a short ride between Cambridge and Hamilton, however, in true DUBBUG tradition, the ride was quickly changed to incorporate some of the local features of the region.  Firstly Colleen & Liz hit the local produce…

NZ Day 10 Cambridge

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Colleen & Ed caught the bus to Hobbiton in the morning for a guided tour of the film set, with Ed cycling on to Cambridge from the site. The remaining members chose a flatter route to Cambridge, following along the…

NZ Day 9 Matamata

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It was a late, cool start (16 degrees) but a pleasant ride through rolling hills and flat cow countryside for 27 kms to NZ North Island highest waterfalls, Wairere Falls.  This was followed by lunch at Opal Hot Springs and,…

NZ Day 8 Te Aroha

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After an early morning soak, it was off to Waihi to look at the largest, still working open gold mine.  It was reasonably cool at 18 degrees, and once on the state highway, there were some long log trucks to…

NZ Day 7 Athenree

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Day 6 was a rest day.  We stayed at Opoutere for an extra night due to the rain, which did not clear till mid morning. Whilst the day turned bright, the seas were amazingly rough and a brisk walk down…