Hey friends, Brit here, basically I quit my Job and im heading to Queenstown on the 31st of Jan.
Taking my bike and gunna be cycling north.
A few things I guess:
Any things I should definitely check out while I'm in the country?
Any relevant tips/experiences?
Any questions about my trip?
And of course if any New Zealanders or whoever fancied taking me in for a night or two or joining me along the way that would be cool.
Check out Wanaka, Mount Aspiring National Park and try a hike to the Kitchener Valley (a tough hike, though only a day). Also, if you can, try the Welcome Flat walk on the West Coast, it has great hotpools at the end.
Also bike around the lake in Queenstown, Glenorchy and Paradise are beautiful (or at least used to be).
Accomodation will be tough in Queenstown. If you get sick of it, stay in Wanaka. It's what Queenstown used to be.
Don't bother going to Invercargill/Bluff, it is hell on earth. But the surrounding areas are beautiful, especially Lake Hauroko and Manapouri. Catlins are kind of overrated, but they have shitloads of sea lions.
Christchurch, Dunedin and Kaikoura aren't really worth visiting. They're dumps. Cities in NZ are all ugly apart from Auckland.
I would host you but I'm living with parents so can't. You could probably get a job in Wanaka if you ask for Roger North at the lakefront Kai Whaka Pai cafe and ask. He's a good guy, if a typical arrogant boss. You can play that though.
Moreover if you're cycling North go via the West Coast. It might rain (a lot) but it is by far the most beautiful part of the country. Bring mosquito repellent. What it looked like before colonisation mostly.
And if you are leaving your bike anywhere in national parks, hide it somewhere in the bush (but never go out of sight of the trail). Thieves operate in national parks. They don't mug, but will steal your bike in the middle of the night if you go on a hike.
Sorry for the number of replies lel.
Thanks for all your input friend? do you live in wanaka? maybe ill atleast pop in and say hi, are you old enough for me to buy you a drink at a pub atleast?
Im not sure if ill be able to get employment since i wont be travelling on a visa.
I was planning on heading up the west coast and youve sort of cemented that for me so cheers!
I cant really go on hikes cus i have to have my bike on me 24/7, no way i risk losing that, and yeah dont worry i have an extended tent, so the bike will stay dry locked up in the porch... pic related
you guys are both pretty much on my planned route but probably wont be getting to hokitika until late feb and palmerston till march, by which time the thread will probably be dead.
I'm just gunna risk dropping my facebook on here cus /out/ is probably trustworthy enough 'conor.bates'. Just add me and ill give you a heads up nearer the time.
3 3s, nice.
Its a dawes clubman, atleast the frame is, every other part i think ive replaced since ive got it. Using shimano 105 now, and about to get a surly long haul trucker fork since it has a carbon one at the minute.
Some of the big rivers or near population centres I'd avoid. Here on the West Coast I've never had a problem drinking from a creek.
That said, there may be bugs I'm used to that you're not, so ymmv.
>Cities in NZ are all ugly apart from Auckland.
I live in Auckland and it is the most incredibly boring city in the country unless you love Asain karaoke bars. There isn't anything to do because it is just the central business/financial city of the country, there is no culture here. Go to Wellington instead, it's got a better nightlife and actually has unique stuff to do. Wellington is to San Fransisco what Auckland is to Atlanta.