Day 14: Rotorua to Whangamata

Day 14 Distance Traveled: 180 km (Trip Total: 3393 km) Sorry for the delay in posting this everyone. Day 14 takes me north, from the volcanic lakes of Rotorua to the small coastal town of Whangamata. The ride north starts out relatively uneventful. Once I make it beyond Rotorua, the land becomes hilly and farmland-y. The […]

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Day 13: Taupo to Rotorua

Day 13 Distance Traveled: 135 km (Trip Total:  3213 km) Today is my shortest riding day yet. To be honest, I’m a little glad for it. My knuckle joints hurt, I have a kink in my neck, and I have the faintest twinge of a hangover headache. Last night I walked down to the street to an […]

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Day 11: Wellington to Napier

Day 11 Distance Traveled: ~335km (Trip total: 2905 km) Today has been a simple, but very enjoyable day so far, thanks to meeting some more fantastic people. I sleep in late, and check out of my hotel just before the 10am cutoff. The weather is gray again this morning, and I set off under a […]

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Day 9: Punakaiki to Motueka

The shell glows brilliantly like a prism, emitting every color of the rainbow. I hold it close to my chest, and it passes through my skin, absorbed by my heart. All of a sudden I am whisked upwards by that same unseen force, lifted to the surface of the water.  When I emerge, it is […]

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Day 7: Fox Glacier

The girl asks me, “What are you going to do now?” “I’m not sure”, I reply. “I know what you should do.” She nods confidently. “You should go for a swim!” I’m reluctant. “I don’t know… I don’t want to get my clothes all wet.” She laughs at me. “Silly! You don’t wear clothes in […]

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Day 3: Milford Sound

Day 3: Distance Traveled: 241km (Trip Total: 1077 km) “What gives value to travel is fear. It is the fact that, at a certain moment, when we are so far from our own country we are seized by a vague fear, and an instinctive desire to go back to the protection of old habits. This […]

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