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... Off we go and after a couple of kilometres, we notice some cyclists behind us, and then they catch and pass us. Yay, some people going our way. In all about 20 pass us at various times, all calling "bike right" as they pass and a hello. This is a supported ride with three vans. Dave recalls reading about this group and it looks to cater for all level of cyclists, when you've had enough hop into a "sag" wagon. We stop about half way for morning tea. We ...
... It's a 4 km trip to the glacier car park. We opt to ride there as we have the most flexibility. Too long to walk if the weather worsens and the shuttle bus only runs every couple of hours. It's cool on the road about 6 degrees but otherwise a good run with a cycle path most of the way and our bikes feel so light with no gear to carry. Once at the car park we have a 3 km walk to take us to the terminus - some distance from the edge of ...
There was no rest for the wicked. After our skydive we set out towards our next stop.. Franz Joseph which is a large glacier on the West Coast of the South Island. Unfortunately we didn't quite make it there this day as it was a good 5/6 hr drive. We decided to stop before it got too late/dark. We stopped off in a place called Haast Motor Lodge did some washing and made some ...
Today we started our drive to the glaciers which we were all excited about, we started off by heading to Shanty Town which is an old gold mining town. Some of the buildings were original whilst others were made to look old. It was interesting to learn about the gold mining era. On our journey down we crossed over the river on a bridge that was also a train track which was pretty unique. ...
... Punakaiki, where the Pancake Rocks are. It was raining as we got out of the van, but it did stop for the 20 minutes we were there, hurrah! Pancake Rocks are sandstone rocks which are gradually being eroded by the sea in such a way that these unusual formations have been created. Apparently geologists aren't exactly sure why the rocks are layered in this way. Still, we can't know everything. We sadly weren't there at the right time for high tide when you can see ...
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