Join Date: Sep 2006
Bikes: Thorn Sherpa, Thorn Club Tour, Trek 930
5 months New Zealand - which island first?
I'm planning to go cycle touring in New Zealand for 5-6 months, starting in the last week of November. I had already decided to start in Christchurch and tour the south island first, but now I read that the south island is much nicer in autumn. So I'm looking for first hand experiences: where would you start and why?
And one additional question: I heard that it might be very difficult to find affordable accomodation (campsites, hostels) during December and January. I don't really want to pre-book, since I want to be flexible. Is this a bad idea? Will it be difficult for one person on a bike to find somewhere to sleep? Are there areas that are particularly crowded and that I should avoid?
Any tips are greatly appreciated!