Queen Charlotte Sound
Today's ride was very scenic riding on Queen Charlotte Drive alongside Queen Charlotte Sound with views like that of a Norwegian Fjord.
We stopped for elevenses at a cafe at Ngakuta Bay and then lunch at a Marina Cafe in the small town of Havelock. We stopped for a tea break at a cafe in the small town of Rai Valley before tackling the climb to 247 metres Rai Saddle. This was followed by a short descent and then the climb to the 357 metres Whangamoa saddle.
By the time we rolled down to the coast of the Tasman Bay we were running quite late and arrived at our motel in Nelson at 8.30pm.
During the day we completed 69 miles with 3421ft of climb at an average speed of 10.6 and time riding of 6hrs 22mins.