New Zealand 2009

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A four day Cycle Tour on the Banks Peninsular

We have just enjoyed the most wonderful holiday in New Zealand (all the descriptions of this beautiful country are true), which included a four day cycle tour on the Banks Peninsular just South of Christchurch.

The route & details are shown below and if anyone would like more info this then send me an e-mail as it really was great fun (although some seriously steep ‘hills’) and the Organisers, Independent Cycle Tours NZ (who accompanied us, but you can go it alone) were wonderful and know the area inside out.

The accommodation they organised was also great – seriously professional B&B’s with a high standard of comfort and great food. Wilderness in Akaroa was particularly special and Sawmill Cottage particularly friendly. I’ve photos, maps and profiles I’ll try to put on the photos link page if they’re of interest to anyone.

Itinerary for Brian Frith’s Supported Cycle Tour 24th–27thof February 2009.

Tuesday 24th of February 2009: We will meet you at the Chateau on the Park at 930am for tour briefing & bike drop-off after which your cycle starts from Christchurch, with a 50km [31miles] cycle to Governors Bay via the Christchurch Port Hills (200m/650ft). Note: Difficulty & distance can be increased/ decreased by taking alternative routes which are outlined in your detailed daily itinerary. Accommodation is at:-Tintagel House B&B, 22 Zephyr Terrace, Governors Bay. Ph +64 3 3299 580 / Mobile +6421 058 2075. Email: tintagelhouse@xtra.co.nz / Website: www.tintagelhouse.co.nz. Meals can be provided at a cost of $30 [payable to your hosts] and need to be prebooked at least 48 hours prior to arrival.

Wednesday 25th of February 2009: Today’s cycle is over an undulating route followed by a steady climb off 200m to the top of Gebbies Pass, before descending to sea level for a flat ride to Little River & your accommodation [45km/25miles]. Accommodation is at: Sawmill Cottage, State Highway 75,4215 Christchurch Akaroa Highway, Little River. Ph +64 3 325 1925 /Mobile +64 3 273 814 142 Email: jude@sawmillcottage.co.nz Website: www.sawmillcottage.co.nz

Thursday 26th of February 2009: 25km[15mile] ride which starts with a sharp climb to the hilltop [450m/1500ft] before descending to Barry’s Bay, after which it’s an undulating ride to Akaroa. Alternately it’s a demanding 45km [27mile] ride with a number of climbs ranging from 200-300m [650-975ft] and finishes with a steep 700m descent to Akaroa. Accommodation is at: Wilderness House, 42 Rue Grehan, Akaroa. Ph. +64 3 304 7517 / Fax +64 3 304 7518/ Mobile +64 21 669 381 Email: info@wildernesshouse.co.nz Website: www.wildernesshouse.co.nz

Friday 27th of February 2009: Return to Little River via your choice of routes, with enough time to do a little sightseeing in Akaroa in the morning. From Little River it’s a relaxed 45 minute drive back to Christchurch to complete your tour.

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