Ross to Queenstown

The scenery continued to be spectacular as I cycled south to Wanaka.

There were various names for all of the different creeks. Thirsty Creek was really thirsty and Black Creek was black.

Sunset at Lake Paringa. New Zealand doesn’t have any poisonous snakes or spiders or bears etc. They just have sandflies, tiny little flies that only live for a day but the bites annoy you for weeks afterwards. Luckily I had my head net for the very infested sites.

My Christmas was spent in Haast. I did think that it would be my usual tinned fish feast, but I ended up being invited to two Christmas dinners 😊.

I guess that they use the road signs for target practice too.

I cycled / walked across the Southern Alps. The views were spectacular.

Sunset at Lake Hawea

Sunrise at Lake Hawea. My last day of cycle touring in New Zealand was from Lake Hawea to Lake Wanaka along an off-Road track which was more suited to Mountain Bikes, but I decided to ride/walk it.

My new year was spent in Wanaka. A very small tourist town which was overrun with tourists.

By Susan Doram

I am passionate about cycling and enjoy encouraging others to ride their bicycles. I am a cycle coach and founder member and chair for Leicester Women's Velo and Founder member and club secretary for Ride on Sistas. I love to encourage others to get active. I am an award wining personal trainer and one of Cycling UK's 100 Women in Cycling 2019. I've been on numerous cycle tours and have encouraged others to join me. Part of my cycle touring experience has included cycling around the world for just over 2 1/2 years.


    1. It was amazing scenery. I’ve been to NZ before but only the North Island and I’ve always wanted to go to the South Island as I had been told that it is beautiful and it is. To have done it on a bicycle was amazing.


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