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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:02 pm 
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Heading to NZ with the wife from Oct 28th - Nov 19th and we have a pretty open itinerary. Looked into bringing our bikes but they are too expensive to fly (600 USD round trip)

We are planning on doing a bunch of hiking (tramping - :) ) but wanted to hit some nice road bike climbs if possible.

Any suggestions from the locals?

Thanks.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:41 pm 
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Location: Christchurch New Zealand
P90Puma wrote:
Heading to NZ with the wife from Oct 28th - Nov 19th and we have a pretty open itinerary. Looked into bringing our bikes but they are too expensive to fly (600 USD round trip)

We are planning on doing a bunch of hiking (tramping - :) ) but wanted to hit some nice road bike climbs if possible.

Any suggestions from the locals?

Thanks.


I'll look into bike hire and PM details.

What's your general plan?


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:49 pm 
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Squashednuts wrote:
P90Puma wrote:
Heading to NZ with the wife from Oct 28th - Nov 19th and we have a pretty open itinerary. Looked into bringing our bikes but they are too expensive to fly (600 USD round trip)

We are planning on doing a bunch of hiking (tramping - :) ) but wanted to hit some nice road bike climbs if possible.

Any suggestions from the locals?

Thanks.


I'll look into bike hire and PM details.

What's your general plan?


I don't think I can PM yet (low post count)

General plan looks to be: (really high level)

Sat Oct 28th - fly into Christchurch, spend the night there. Car rental pickup.

EDIT: (Not happening, wife's skills are not up to par) - 4d Travers-Sabine Circuit (will hopefully do this on another trip one day)
3d Abel Tasman Coastal Great Walk

Something along the way?

Fox / Franz Josef Glaciers
x days? Queenstown

Milford Sound / Fiordland

3d Humpridge Track

Dunedin ?
Mt Cook (east side)

Other stuff / Spend time in Christchurch?

Spend the night Christchurch Nov 18th (at least).
Nov 19th Christchurch - fly home early AM.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:52 pm 
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Hey

Like Squashed I'm a Christchurch local.

We have lots of both Mtb and awesome hill road rides very close to town. Very happy to show you around if that helps.

Also I used to live in Dunedin. Riding there is like a scaled down version of Christchurch. The Peninsula hill road (which is very similar but shorter / lower than the Christchurch Summit Road) was voted the world's best road ride a few years ago, so that's worth a look too.

And on the west coast, if you want a real challenge, the ride up the Otira Gorge is extreme.

You'll love it :)

Cheers
GJ


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:03 am 
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P90Puma wrote:

We are planning on doing a bunch of hiking (tramping - :) )


This is one of my favourite tramps

http://www.doc.govt.nz/coplandtrack

It's a 5 to 8 hour tramp, each way, depending on fitness
Start by fording a river which is fun...and end up at a lovely natural hot pool at Welcome Flats.
Some great scenery en route
Night sky is amazing and free from light pollution
The hut is pretty luxurious by DoC standards


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:14 pm 
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Ended up doing just some light MTB in Wanaka.

Did end up doing 130km of backcountry hiking over 9 days.

What an amazing place.

Expensive as hell though!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/9AtvBiwSqQZAey6J3

Did Routeburn, 2d on the Kepler (including luxmore summit in 80 km/hr winds and a meter of snow), Mueller Hut (Mt. Cook), Angelus Hut.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:31 am 
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P90Puma wrote:
Ended up doing just some light MTB in Wanaka.

Did end up doing 130km of backcountry hiking over 9 days.

What an amazing place.

Expensive as hell though!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/9AtvBiwSqQZAey6J3

Did Routeburn, 2d on the Kepler (including luxmore summit in 80 km/hr winds and a meter of snow), Mueller Hut (Mt. Cook), Angelus Hut.

Hey, I enjoyed looking at your photos...looked like you had fun.

Yes, some amazing scenery & wildlife, lots of space. It's an egalitarian country...there's lots to do and it's freely accessible

Your right the cost of living has shot up in the last few years.


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