They say that one of the World's great ride is New Zealand....
...and if You like it windy, rainy and hilly, here there is the possibility to find them all togheter in the same time...and many times..
....specially if one of your goal is the South Island Wet and Wild West Coast.
Cycling almost the whole lenght of New Zealand from Invercargill to Auckland
MOTELS AND HOLIDAY PARKS: almost always a great service for the right price. All of them are equipped with Wi-Fi, so it is easy to have information about weather, accommodations and so on. In some of them We found a very friendly and warm welcome by the owners..specially in the North after We told them We were cycling from Invercargill..more than 1500 kms far from there. I just want to list few:
LUMSDEN MOTEL in Lumsden (3 beers for free...thanks)
BALMORAL MOTOR LODGE in Invercargill
MAKARORA TOURIST CENTER in Makaroa
WANAKA HOTEL in Wanaka
TOP 10 MOTEL in Haast (willing to get us to the restaurant and back by car in case of rain..thanks)
TOP 10 MOTEL in Franz Josef (very early check in...thanks)
TOP 10 MOTEL in Greymouth
TOP 10 MOTEL in Carters Beach
TOP 10 MOTEL in Picton (linen and towel for free..thanks)
AVON MOTEL in Hawera
PUKAROA COTTAGE in Mokao (not a Motel but a wonderful staying)
TE KUITI MOTEL in Te Kuiti (laundry for free..thanks)
HOME MADE ANZAC BISCUITS: great fuel in the morning for our legs.
CYCLE SURGERY IN INVERCARGILL: perfect bicycles workshop with reasonable prices....thanks
IPAD: Handly and useful to check weather, to book everything and so on.
TRAIN TICKETS FOR BIKE: it does not exist...bikes travel for free.
EMIRATES AIRWAYS: a good service. A single jump from Sydney to Dubai..more than 12000 kms on a Airbus A380-800
TRUCKS: New Zealand is not a so biker friendly Region. Road shoulders are narrow or there are no shoulders at all, so be prepared to share your path with plenty of big trucks that pass near You few centimeters at high speed.
A MORON FARMER NEAR PUNAKAIKI: that stopped is pick up with a pitbull inside saying me that I could not stay there..when I standed up in the middle of nowhere near a fence on the side of the road waiting for Anna...
LONELY PLANET GUIDE "CYCLING NEW ZEALAND": sometime there are big lackness.
POST HASTE & NEW ZEALAND COURIERS: Lot of confusion that made us complicated to collect our bike bags when We arrived in Auckland. You believe to have sent Your stuffs with a courier and instead is another courier that do the job, and it could happen that if You send two bags one goes with one courier and the other one does not with the same courier.