To the Kiwis (2008)

Time for another trip!  This time I’m leaving the winter of Wisconsin and heading to the late spring of New Zealand! Very excited!!  It will be a solo trip for about 4 weeks, and then Chandra will come down and join me.

Part I:  Mike Solo in New Zealand
Day 0: Madison: The Penultimate Night
Day 0.5: O’Hare
Day 0.75: Auckland Logistics, 6km
Day 1: (!) Auckland/Mangere to Miranda Hot Springs
Day 2: Miranda Hot Springs to Okauia Hot Springs
Day 3: Okauia Hot Springs to Rotorua, then Roto Vegas Single Track
Day 4: Reporoa and Taupo, Mountain Biking
Day 5: Rest Day / Meetings at GNS Science
Day 6: Taupo to Tokaanu Hot Springs
Day 7: One Week eh!?  Tokaanu hot Springs through National Park to Ohakune
Day 8: Ohakune to Hunterville
Day 9: Hunterville to Marton, then train to Wellington
Day 10: Wellington Francisco with Sterling and Emi
Day 11: Ferry to South Island, Wellington to Picton
Day 12: Picton to Bleinheim to St. Arnaud
Day 13: Rest Day in St. Arnaud
Day 14: St. Arnaud to Nelson
Day 16: Rest Day/ Blenheim to Picton
Days 17-19: Queen Charlotte Track (!)
Day 20: Bus up the Wairau Valley
Days 21-23: Rainbow Road
Day 23-24: Christchurch
Days 25-26: Christchurch and Chandra arrives!

Part II: The Mike and Chandra Show
Day 1: Riding with Chandra!
Day 2: The Chandra and m!ke Show
Day 3: Chandra & Mike take a rest day in Kaikoura
Day 4: Riding from Kaikoura to Pedaler’s Rest
Day 5: Pedaler’s Rest to Blenheim in the RAIN  😉
Day 6: Blenheim to Picton by bike; then by car to the Honeymoon Phase
Day 7: Kayaking in Kaiteritei / Abel Tasman National Park
Day 8: Christmas in Franz Josef with Matt & Lori
Day 9: Arthur’s Pass and Craigeburn Forest

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