ACROSS THE DITCH: Mangonui to Auckland 07/05/18 to 15/05/18

We are in the Far North and the weather has been just glorious, perfect for riding and almost tempting and warm enough for a swim! We are in Mangonui and our accommodation is right on the water with spectacular water views that change continuously. It's a "must" here to have a beer in the old [...]

2018-05-15T08:02:07+00:00May 15th, 2018|General, Lee & Paul Update, NZ Ride|

ACROSS THE DITCH: Whangarei to Mangonui 01/05/18 to 06/05/18

It's great to be in the North as this is our "roots" and where both of us spent our formative years growing up in a rural area here. We spend a couple of days with my sister in Whangarei and visit the Parakao Store which is full of memorabilia, a great atmosphere and is apparently [...]

2018-05-04T19:35:12+00:00May 4th, 2018|General, Lee & Paul Update, NZ Ride|

ACROSS THE DITCH: Ruakaka to Whangarei 23/04/18 to 30/04/18

The weather is much warmer in the north, with blue skies and fresh air, just perfect riding conditions. It's a scenic ride through the Otaika Valley and across Highway 14 to Dargaville, following along the Northern Wairoa River. In several areas surrounding Whangarei, the landscape has hundreds of dry stone walls, the legacy of skilled builders [...]

2018-05-01T04:36:16+00:00May 1st, 2018|Lee & Paul Update|

ACROSS THE DITCH: Wellington to Ruakaka 14/04/18 to 22/04/18

The ferry across Cook Strait is calm and picturesque with the autumn light casting it's glory on the last glimpses of the sounds as we leave the South Island. Who would have known that a huge storm had made over six metre swells two days before, cancelling all services! The Rimutaka's is a spectacular [...]

2018-04-26T05:42:14+00:00April 26th, 2018|General, Lee & Paul Update, NZ Ride|

ACROSS THE DITCH: Christchurch to Wellington 06/04/18 to 13/04/18

It's a crystal clear day as we leave Christchurch and the temperature soars to 27 degrees C across the Canterbury Plains, not bad for April and it's now quite evident we won't be seeing any snow-capped peaks before we leave the South Island! The Lewis Pass is the northernmost of the three major alpine passes [...]

2018-04-16T03:12:02+00:00April 16th, 2018|Lee & Paul Update|

ACROSS THE DITCH: Collingwood to Christchurch 29/03/18 to 05/04/18

It's been thirty years since my cousin, Fiona, and I have spent quality time together so we have a lot of catching up to do! She and her partner Doug, have made a huge effort on their lifestyle block high in the hills behind Collingwood, building their own substantial self-sufficient home and bringing in the [...]

2018-04-08T20:59:42+00:00April 8th, 2018|General, Lee & Paul Update, NZ Ride|

ACROSS THE DITCH: Hanmer Springs to Collingwood 20/03/18 to 28/03/18

Driving round Banks Peninsula in a little clapped-out Hyundai Getz is nothing like riding the wonderful roads on our KTM's but we are adjusting, slowly, and making a positive slant to our journey. Inside a car we can chat, keep warm and dry, carry different food and crawl very slowly up steep gradients! We always [...]

2018-04-04T09:37:29+00:00April 4th, 2018|General, Lee & Paul Update, NZ Ride|

ACROSS THE DITCH: Queenstown to Hamner Springs 13/03/18 to 19/03/18

Queenstown has been an idyllic place to take a break, fix Paul's bike and spend some valuable time with our daughter, Chelsea, but the West Coast is beckoning and it's time to move on. Unfortunately for Paul, after 140,000 kilometres on the clock, it's time for his clutch to move on as well! The mechanic [...]

2018-03-21T22:12:10+00:00March 20th, 2018|General, Lee & Paul Update, NZ Ride|

ACROSS THE DITCH: Dunedin to Queenstown 02/03/18 to 12/03/18

The coast road north of Dunedin is high and remote making it hard to believe we're about to hit the second-largest city in the South Island. Karitane on the scenic coast north of Dunedin Dunedin is Gaelic for Edinburgh and the surveyor at the time was asked to design it on the same [...]

2018-03-12T00:09:41+00:00March 11th, 2018|Lee & Paul Update, NZ Ride|

ACROSS THE DITCH: Owaka to Dunedin 23/02/18 to 01/03/18

The tail-end of the cyclone passes over while we are tucked away in Owaka, so we pack up a wet tent and head north out to Nugget Point, the most iconic landform on the Otago coast.  The road caresses the beach as it winds it's way to the northern end of the Catlins with water [...]

2018-03-05T22:04:19+00:00March 5th, 2018|Lee & Paul Update, NZ Ride|
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