The Path Less Pedaled Goes International!
Where can you find sheep, glaciers, meat pies, and a government that’s actively trying to entice bike travelers? The same place that you’ll find us in a few days… New Zealand!
That’s right, on Sunday, we fly to New Zealand! We’ve been keeping this a secret for so long, as we’ve been working through a lot of the details. We have so much that we want to share about our plans overseas, but for now we wanted to finally reveal our next travel destination.
We’re taking our faithful Bromptons with us as we spend the next several months exploring both islands. And we’ll be connecting with cycling advocates and tourism officials across the country. What’s it like to be a cyclist in New Zealand? What are all these great new facilities for bike travelers that we keep hearing about? How long does it take to learn how to ride on the left side of the street?
We’re also simply excited to follow Summer and go back to camping and fishing and trying new foods. As we explore New Zealand as a cycle touring destination, we’ll be continuing the video series that we started this summer in Eastern Oregon. We’ve even teamed up with Bicycle Times magazine! You’ll find our videos both here and on their website, but you’ll have to check out their site for exclusive behind-the-scenes information.
We’ll post more details soon (we’re working on a video!). In the meantime, let us know of anyone you think we should connect with while we’re in New Zealand. We arrive in Auckland on Tuesday and would love to meet up with some local folks!
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Gwyn December 1, 2011 at 11:45 pm
This is such exciting news!
we are 2 brommie riders from Singapore but migrating to NZ in end Feb 2012. We will be heading to Wellington. Will you guys still be ard? Maybe we can ride together!
brian December 2, 2011 at 12:02 am
Nice hope you guys enjoy yourselves. Will you be working on going to Oz, or returning after your time is up?
Russ December 2, 2011 at 12:20 am
We’ll be flying to Oz and explore there for a stretch!
Russ December 2, 2011 at 12:21 am
We’re planning to spend 3 months in NZ, so a good chance we’ll meet up!
Gwyn December 2, 2011 at 1:33 am
Lets keep in contact through facebook! Oh and i can’t wait to see your photos of NZ, am sure its gona be breathtaking!
Neil Warner December 2, 2011 at 2:21 am
Have a good time. Looking forward to the blogs of the long white cloud
James Hinchcliffe December 2, 2011 at 4:58 am
and I’m off to Australia in 10 days. So near yet so far!
John Whitman December 2, 2011 at 7:21 am
There’s an artisan in Oamaru you would love to meet. His name is Bill Blair, he’s a woodworker who uses no power tools whatever (except tools powered by human limbs). Aside from being one of the most pleasant persons I’ve ever met, Bill is also extremely knowledgeable and more than willing to share his knowledge. The thing about him that I think you’ll appreciate is that he’s a passionate person. He doesn’t use hand tools because there’s no electricity in Oamaru, he uses them out of conviction flowing from ethical choices he’s made. His choices are akin to someone abandoning the automobile in the early 21st C in favor of pedal powered locomotion. You already know Bill, you just haven’t met him yet. http://www.coppicecrafts.co.nz
Frank Peters December 2, 2011 at 7:50 am
Russ December 2, 2011 at 10:12 am
Piskian December 2, 2011 at 8:25 am
Have a brilliant time!Just watch out for dodgy drivers…
James December 2, 2011 at 2:28 pm
Have a great time here. I’m guessing you’ve already seen http://www.nzcycletrail.com/cycle-touring-routes and arranged to meet up with the Kennett brothers?
Say hi when you’re in Wellington!
Anton December 2, 2011 at 5:31 pm
Beware the trucks!
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Julie December 3, 2011 at 7:32 am
Yahooooo! I have to admit that as excited as I am for you both, I feel a little sadness. As long as you were in the US, I felt like good friends were close by. Now…well, good friends will be just a bit further away. Congrats, you guys. I hope that this trip is going to be AWESOME for you!
Richard Wise December 3, 2011 at 9:44 am
If you need somewhere to stay try Verandah Backpackers. It is a fabulous place that my son stayed at whilst travelling in NZ and working in Auckland.
Say Chris Wise recommended it. Also look up the web and facebook page.
My son travelled for 18 months and said that NZ was the place he could have settled down. Sadly the Americans are not the most gregarious people over there, choosing to stay in there own little groups instead of embracing the culture. I’m sure you two will not be like this at all.
Get down to Rotorua before going to the South Island. It’s a very interesting place.
vento-e-luz December 3, 2011 at 7:40 pm
The photograph which you took is very beautiful!!!
Please continue to send a good bicycle life.
Björn December 3, 2011 at 8:35 pm
Last minute tip: make sure to clean your Bromptons (and camping gear) immigration are picky about getting foreign matter on NZ soil! Never had any problems myself but some colleagues had their (muddy) boots confiscated.
Russ December 3, 2011 at 9:01 pm
Yes! Laura just washed the tent and we’re giving the Bromptons a bath tomorrow AM.
The Trickster December 4, 2011 at 3:52 am
You missed the rain here in Auckland today as it was throwing it down!
Anyway, welcome to NZ (well when you fly in, be Tuesday our time when you get here I assume).
Also, while our government has slowly created some tourism based cycleways – their dedication to cycling here is next to non-existent, especially in terms of commuting.
Oh, and don’t accidentally bring any fruit/meat/anything like that into the country – you’ll get a $200 on the spot fine 🙂 We’re pretty stringent on bio-security here.
Aaron December 4, 2011 at 2:38 pm
Welcome to Nzed from the ex-pat/ex-portland Christchurch community!
Drop us a line as you get closer to the South Island/Christchurch and let us know if we can help with organizing/raconteuring/route advice/maildrop/spare parts/shower/place to crash/etc. We’d love to help.
The Trickster December 5, 2011 at 2:12 pm
Wow, just realised how negative my comment sounded… my apologies y’all 😀
Its raining here today but yeah, being summer it should be pretty dry and hot most of the time – especially the further south and east you get.
Karen January 15, 2012 at 2:48 pm
Welcome to NZ. When you arrive in the North Island a must visit is the Ruapehu District (central north Island). We have fantastic cycle trails, very friendly people and other amazing outdoor activites to do you name it, we have it. Email me and I will organise contacts
Have a great holiday
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Welcome to NZ see you over the summer. Cheers.