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Wine on Wheels – Martinborough

February 10th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , |

With its big skies, majestic mountains and rugged coast, the Wairarapa region is rich with natural beauty, and to top it all off, the local wines aren’t bad either. Located at the heart of the Classic New Zealand Wine trail, Wairarapa is home to some of the world’s best pinot noir, and the number of [...]

  • The Sounds are a relaxing place to unwind. Photo: Queen Charlotte Track Inc.

Queen Charlotte Track – Marlborough

February 10th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , |

It’s nearly Christmas as I motor my way around the tight bends of Queen Charlotte Drive to the pretty port of Picton where my next adventure begins. The road straightens. I get a glimpse of Queen Charlotte Sound glistening in the sun, its long channel named by explorer Captain James Cook after the wife of [...]

  • River riding at its best!

Southern Lake Linking

November 30th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Fiordland, a paradise packed with dramatic landscapes, and blessed with plentiful huts and hiking tracks including three Great Walks; yet surprisingly barren of cycle trails. Wheels of change are in motion though. As a result of the incredible efforts of the Fiordland Trails Trust, the tread of my tyres can now easily explore the fringes [...]

  • Riding between the boulders of Skyline Ridge (credit Hage Photo)

A Great Ride – Busting the Old Ghost Road

July 28th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

It was pretty obvious from the outset that I wouldn’t be riding this epic alone. One mention of this legendary trail and friends came flocking. Who wouldn’t want to ride what is arguably our country’s greatest back-country trail? It’s not a matter of ‘who you gonna call’ but who wouldn’t you call. So, after one [...]

  • The blissful escape of countryside riding (credit – Tim Bardsley-Smith)

A Great Ride – A Golden Find

June 1st, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

If the Clutha Gold Trail was a goldfield, it would be a claim as rich as that of Gabriel’s Gully. However, the trail is almost undiscovered compared to the rushes of other cycle routes. As the gold dredges once ploughed the river, I am about to fossick the rich heritage along the banks of the [...]

  • Mangarewa suspension bridge – a gem of a span over the creek far below

A Great Ride – Heart of the Waikato

March 22nd, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

I grew up in Hamilton at a time when the city (like myself as a teenager) was struggling with its identity. Most locals would say the most appealing feature of the locality was that it was ‘close to everything’. It was close to Auckland, the coastal beaches and the mountains for skiing. Sadly the city [...]

  • Picnic at Rere Falls. Photo Ray Sheldrake

The Freedom of Rere

January 27th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

If you enjoy the energy and flow of tumbling water, put Rere Falls Trail on your plans. Meanings of ‘rere’ include: waterfall, to escape, and, to fly. All seem apt descriptors for this journey deep into the magnificence of Eastland. Under Nga Haerenga, The New Zealand Cycle Trail, Rere Falls Trail is a Heartland Ride. [...]