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Old 11-09-07, 04:41 PM
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Tell me about NZ

Well, i'll be visiting New Zealand in mid December for a week. And i have no clue where any good road rides are. i am a racer and will be doing about 50 to 100 kilometres of road riding per day. So please tell me of any good road rides, mountains to climb or any good places to stay.

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Old 11-09-07, 07:16 PM
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New Zealand is a pretty big place and quite diverse. Do you know where you will be? In any case, it is a beautiful country with great people.
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Old 11-09-07, 07:22 PM
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I always wondered, what ever happened to old zealand?
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Old 11-09-07, 07:34 PM
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I always wondered, what ever happened to old zealand?
i think it's somewhere in holland...
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bow down to the wikipedia
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I've been told by a friend of mine who is from there (for 25 of his 29 years) that it is very, very Christian, very white, and quite conservative overall. He also mentioned something about it being magnificently beautiful, amazing, heaven-like, and isolated (both physically and mentally). The roads are fantastic, apparently - although not butter smooth.

Watch:
-Lord of the Rings (entire series)
-King Kong (not the porno version, as that one involves sheep)
-Xenia, Princess Warrior (sure, she had a thing for her sidekick...but so did I)

and apparently, you can also watch PowerRangers, as it's also filmed in New Zealand.
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South Island- go there if possible.

Picture a country the size of Colorado, but with the geographic diversity of the entire US, and then some.
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If you're flying into Auckland, there's some great riding to be had just east out of town. I saw big groups of roadies starting around Maraetai and taking the coastal road. Also the road from Opotiki along the east cape is spectacular.

If you're flying into Christchurch, there's a lot of roadies in the area. There must be a club.

Try emailing some bike shops before you go. The Kiwis are extremely friendly and helpful.
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What part of NZ are you going to ?? , I am from there and have just moved to the US so if I can help let me know
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NZ drivers aren't the greatest, but we don't get the complete whackos that people on this forum talk about there being in the US. Generally drivers here are more tolerant ime.

www.vorb.org.nz seems to be the main NZ cycling site.
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Originally Posted by prendrefeu View Post
I've been told by a friend of mine who is from there (for 25 of his 29 years) that it is very, very Christian, very white, and quite conservative overall. He also mentioned something about it being magnificently beautiful, amazing, heaven-like, and isolated (both physically and mentally). The roads are fantastic, apparently - although not butter smooth.

Watch:
-Lord of the Rings (entire series)
-King Kong (not the porno version, as that one involves sheep)
-Xenia, Princess Warrior (sure, she had a thing for her sidekick...but so did I)

and apparently, you can also watch PowerRangers, as it's also filmed in New Zealand.
Im sure the Maori would be surprised to hear that.
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"Tell me about NZ"

They shag sheep.
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Check out http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/ several journels from NZ travels. Sounds like a very freindly place to ride.
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New Zealand. Where men are men and sheep are nervous!!

Australia. Where men are men and sheep are nervous!!

Same joke. Which one you find funny depends on which side of the Tasman sea you live on. The Maori are the native people of New Zealand. The early white settlers of NZ where mostly Scotish were as the early white settlers of Australia were mostly Irish/English.

There are plenty of hills to go climbing in New Zealand if that's your thing.

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Originally Posted by prendrefeu View Post
I've been told by a friend of mine who is from there (for 25 of his 29 years) that it is very, very Christian, very white, and quite conservative overall. He also mentioned something about it being magnificently beautiful, amazing, heaven-like, and isolated (both physically and mentally). The roads are fantastic, apparently - although not butter smooth.
Not very Christian. Most people (similarly to Australia and Western Europe) do not attend church and IIRC has the greatest % of atheists in a 'western' country. According to Wikipedia "religion does not play a major role in New Zealand public life".

Maoris and Pacific Islanders make up at least 15-20% of the population.

The inhabitants tend to be insular but friendly.

The South Island is better than the North from a tourist's perspective.
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"Tell me about NZ"

They shag sheep.
The say Aussies are the new Yanks.
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Originally Posted by hobojo View Post
Well, i'll be visiting New Zealand in mid December for a week. And i have no clue where any good road rides are. i am a racer and will be doing about 50 to 100 kilometres of road riding per day. So please tell me of any good road rides, mountains to climb or any good places to stay.

cheers
I was there for the 2nd half of December last year. It's the busiest time of the year being peak season for tourist and locals. Best to make reservations in advance for car rentals and accomodations etc. I've posted three reports so far on cycling the South Island:

Cycling Christchurch and Banks Peninsula
Cycling Lake Tekapo
Cycling Queenstown and Wanaka
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Not very Christian. Most people (similarly to Australia and Western Europe) do not attend church and IIRC has the greatest % of atheists in a 'western' country. According to Wikipedia "religion does not play a major role in New Zealand public life".

Maoris and Pacific Islanders make up at least 15-20% of the population.

The inhabitants tend to be insular but friendly.

The South Island is better than the North from a tourist's perspective.
Really... then I'm gonna bring this up with my friend next time I see him. Then again, the guy comes from a really small town on the North Island, apparently.
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Really... then I'm gonna bring this up with my friend next time I see him. Then again, the guy comes from a really small town on the North Island, apparently.
Ask him if he's seen Deliverance.
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NZ, is a great place, mind you i'm biased I live there.
Where are you flying into?That'll help with filling you in on the place. You will find it friendly and easy to get around. The place is loaded with great bike rides both road and mountain.Most towns are easy enough to and get around in or get out of and onto some uncongested roads to see the country. You're never to far from a town no matter how far you ride but the roads don't generally have a large shoulder to ride on so u get a few cars passing close, you get used to it.
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The inhabitants tend to be insular but friendly.
Wot? you leave us in peace, we leave you in peace. Mess wiv a sheep though and you'll be in BIG trouble.
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