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Old 05-18-10, 02:04 PM   #1
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Trip of a lifetime!

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I'm planning to ride in New Zealand this October. It's a dream I've had for years, and I'm determined to make this dream a reality and ride through that beautiful country.

I'm going with a group of people from Portland - and all we need to get the group rates is for a minimum of 10 people to sign up.

Here's the main info: http://nzcycling2010.squarespace.com/
Itinerary is here: http://nzcycling2010.squarespace.com/itinerary/

My plan is to skip the Single Speed World Championships in Rotorua and instead spend a few more days in Auckland, as I have friends there.

If you've been, and want to go back, or if you've never been, what are you waiting for? Life's too short!



The deposit is due on May 30 so please please consider this trip! Contact info is on the website linked above.
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Old 05-18-10, 03:48 PM   #2
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New Zealand is just a hop, skip, and jump away ... and is a place Rowan and I plan to zip over to at some point in the next year or two.

Now you're from Portland, so you'll probably be used to the early spring weather in NZ in October. Just don't leave your rain and cool weather gear at home.
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Old 05-18-10, 04:16 PM   #3
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Itinerary looks fine. Consider cycling over the Crown Range with the leg from Wanaka to Queenstown rather than taking the low route. Also look at a day trip into the Nevis Valley if you have mountainbike style cycles. Climb up from the Cromwell end.

Some info which may be handy...
http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?...c_id=4496&v=1W
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Rotorua is a city worth visiting for its sulfur springs and Maori cultural center. Don't miss out. Take advantage of all activities offered in Queenstown. You will have a blast!
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The northern tip is beautiful too. Miles and miles of beautiful pristine beaches and sparse traffic.

If in Rotorua area check out the Tongario Pass hike. It's awesome.

New Zealand has many good hostels. You shouldn't have difficulty finding accommodations - especially in October and November.

Have fun!
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Thanks all - sounds like you've been there. Accommodations are actually all included & booked with the tour company organizing the trip. Only problem is getting 10 people to sign up as a minimum. Didn't think it would be an issue but apparently not everyone is able to go in this economy. (I don't care if I have to sell my house, I'm GOING anyway.)

SO - if you know of anyone who is interested, please send them the website!! Thanks.
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