NZ Ride

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

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

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

ACROSS THE DITCH: Invercargill to Owaka 16/02/18 to 22/02/18

2018-03-03T07:41:13+00:00March 3rd, 2018|Lee & Paul Update, NZ Ride|

The wind picks up as we leave Invercargill, something they are all accustomed to down in this part of the world. We take the Southern Scenic Route and it's very pleasant to be on this road again, taking in the views of the coastline and the weather patterns. A stop at the Orepuki Beach Cafe [...]

ACROSS THE DITCH: Queenstown to Invercargill 09/02/18 to 15/02/18

2018-02-20T23:40:28+00:00February 20th, 2018|Lee & Paul Update, NZ Ride|

The ride from Queenstown south along Lake Wakatipu is nice but busy until we turn off to Gore, the alternate route to Invercargill. We are still a group of five as we stop in Gore for lunch where immediately we are struck by the strong Southland accent! They roll their 'r's and talk about everything [...]

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