• The Hokianga boardwalk section is one of the longest in the country

A Great Ride – Northland’s Coast to Coast

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

Some people are drawn to books in order to cultivate their imagination; others seek the arts for inspiration; in my case, it’s physical geography that moves me. The act of unfolding maps that unfold landscapes in my mind, building the spatial memories I seek. Like reading a new book filled with interesting characters, I look [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Following the waterways was a magical time

A Great Ride – Wheeling Through The Wilderness

October 5th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

My wilderness trail experience started at the northern trailhead, with a brisk introduction to the local ‘barber’. He’s a particularly fearsome character and Greymouth residents tell me he cuts right to the bone! However, this is no barber with a pair of scissors in hand but is in fact a local wind; a unique phenomenon [...]

  • 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 [...]

A Great Ride – Teasing Out The Past

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

Karangahake Gorge is a gateway to memories of my childhood holidays, opening the door to the seemingly endless days spent on Coromandel’s white sand beaches. The long trips from the Waikato with my parents were shared with my sister who continuously teased me in the back of the family Datsun. As always on these trips [...]

  • The views towards the Arthur Range are outstanding and breathtaking. 
Photo - Chocolate Dog Studio

A Great Ride – A Tempting Treat

October 7th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

In the past few years most of my bike trips to Nelson were to map (or survive) the advanced mountain bike trails high in the hills behind town. So when I heard a new section of the Tasman’s Great Taste Trail just opened I stripped off my armour shell and popped on a bike bell [...]

  • The massive suspension bridges on this trail were both stunning and daunting

A Great Ride – A Rekindled Treasure

August 3rd, 2017|Tags: , , , |

Long before the cycle trail wound its way around Mt Pureora, the walking track to the summit held a warm place in my heart. On one of the first dates with my girlfriend, wearing swannies and hats against the cold, we tramped through the cloud forest and overlooked the little-known forest park. A quarter of [...]