My Life in New Zealand

Category: Biking

The Rees Valley

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Last Sunday night we headed out to the Rees Valley for a campout with a bunch of friends – due to a late departure from Queenstown we ended up getting a bit lost in the dark as we made our way across dirt roads and forde crossings. We ended up making it to the camp site around 9 and joined our friends “on the rock” for a BBQ. The next day we all explored the area around the valley on foot and by bike.

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A Bicycle Made For Two

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The Wairarapa is known for wonderful wines and beautiful vineyards. After spending time exploring the wineries of Hawkes Bay, we decided to do something a little different and rent a tandem bike to explore the vineyards for the day! We made it to 5 wineries before the rain rolled in and we were forced to turn our helmets over. It was a beautiful day filled with lots of pedals and tasty wine tastings.

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Downhill Mountain Biking up Skyline

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Last night was Ladies Downhill Night in Queenstown and I am so glad we decided to give it a go and participate with the downhilling girls in town. My friend and I picked up our gear during out lunch break and hit the Gondola after work and spent the next 3 hours exploring Hammy’s Track! It was my first time trying downhilling and I absolutely loved every second of it, even those little moments right before a crash (only had 2…success!) We were able to get in 3 runs, taking the gondola up to the top after we completed each run. The gondola stops running and 8 and everyone headed over to Lonestar for beers and to catch up on their downhill stories from the day.

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Central Otago Rail Trail: Wedderburn to Kokanga

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After a very restful night in Wedderburn we woke up and enjoyed a leisurely breakfast outside on the porch of our little cottage. Once we were refueled and ready to go we hopped on our bikes, said goodbye to the B&B owners and set out for Ranfurly, a quirky little town with antique shops and car mechanics. We stopped for a coffee and wandered around the little town for a bit until we realized we had seen everything there was to offer. From Randurly we made the final push to Kokanga where we came across cows, goats, and believe it or not- more sheep! We were picked up by Trail Journeys around 3pm and shuttled back to our car in Lauder. What a wonderful, wonderful weekend spent cycling through the Otago Rail Trail!

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Central Otago Rail Trail: Lauder to Wedderburn

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This past Friday night we left Queenstown and headed towards Lauder in the Central Otago Region of New Zealand. One of the most popular activities in The South Island is cycling the Rail Trail and that is just what we set out to do! The full trail is 150 km each way so many people on a time crunch (aka those of us not fully on vacation) pick and choose which portion of the trail they wish to do. The DOC recommends 4-5 days to complete the whole trail, but since we only had 2 days/2 nights we started about 40 km into the trail and wrote a total distance of 80km over Saturday and Sunday. The trail was absolutly beautiful and the best part was the ever changing landscape as we made out way from Lauder to Kokanga. To read more about my trip check out my article on Travel Generation: Otago Rail Trail Lauder to Kokanga. 

Our first day was spend traveling via bike from Lauder to Wedderburn. We traveled around 35 km and had a lovely day biking along, stopping off for short hikes and having a long and leisurly lunch at Ida Valley kitchen with yummy pasta salad and a bottle of white wine. That night we stayed in The Wedderburn Cottages, simple little self contained homes, where we began our night by sleeping outside listening to music and chatting- just us girls!

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