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Edwins Bicycle Tour Downunder
Sunday, 19 December 2004
Draft Trip Itinerary

A winters ride near Chichester

Below is the draft Itinerary for the trip sent out to the group.


JAN/FEB 2005


Thur 6 Jan Depart Heathrow 20:50 arrive Buenos Aires 09:20 7 January.

Fri 7 Jan Depart Buenos Aires 11:40 arrive Santiago 12:55. Taxis and van to take bikes and boxes to hotel. Details not yet confirmed.
Stay overnight at Hotel Orly , Pedro de Valdeva, Providencia Santiago.

Sat 8 Jan Santiago - Los Andes (56 miles)
Stay overnight - location not yet confirmed, no reply
to date. Provisionally at Hotel Plaza, Los Andes.

Sun 9 Jan Los Andes
Out and back ride. Take in the spectacular route over the Andes on the Mendoza Road and towards the Argentine border. Ride on
as far as we feel up to but possibly as far as the tunnel which marks the top just before the border at 3185 metres. Then ride back down to Los Andes (88 miles).

Mon 10 Jan Los Andes - Santiago (56 miles) Stay overnight Hotel Orly as before

Tues 11 Jan Santiago - Rest Day. Out and back ride into the Andes South West of Santiago or if you prefer have a look round Santiago.
Stay Hotel Orly.

Wed 12 Jan Fly out Santiago - Auckland via Sydney Look round Santiago in the morning. Flight departs at 23.25.Taxi and Van to pick us up from Hotel to take us to the airport with the bikes and boxes. Details to be confirmed. (Cross International Dateline as taking western route and lose a day)
Fri 14 Jan Arrive Auckland 14:15. Pickup by taxi with luggage trailer
from Quality Cabs which is booked. Stay overnight Aspen House, 62 Emily Place, Downtown Auckland New Zealand.

Sat 15 Jan Auckland - Rest Day
First post packing materials to Christchurch B&B for the
flight back. Explore the City including a visit to the
Sky Tower.

Sun 16 Jan Auckland - Rest Day More time to explore the City and the surrounding harbours.
Accommodation as before.

Mon 17 Jan Auckland - Thames (58 miles)
Accommodation - Stay Brian Boru Hotel, 200 Richmond Street, Thames

Tues 18 Jan Thames - Coromandel (55 miles) Stay at Coromandel Court Motel, 365 Kapanga Road, Coromandel Town, New Zealand.

Wed 19 Jan Coromandel - Rest Day Take in local beach. Take a scenic loop road further up the peninsular.Accommodation as above at Coromandel Court Motel.

Thur 20 Jan Coromandel - Whangamata (72 miles)
Head round the northern bays of the peninsular and then down the east coast.
Stay at Breakers Motel, Hetherington Road, Whangamata
(Spar Pool with the room)

Fri 21 Jan Whangamata - Hamilton (94 miles)
After crossing one range of hills most of the days ride is
across the central agricultural plains.Stay at Ventura Inn and Suites, 23 Clarence Street,Hamilton

Sat 22 Jan Hamilton - Rotorua (travel by bus)
Intercity Coachlines Bus. Depart Hamilton 10:10 arrive Rotorua 12:10- PM (note - bikes and some luggage can be left at Ventura Inn, Hamilton) visit geysers and
local Mauri Hot Springs Village
Stay overnight Havanna Motor Lodge, 1078 Whakaue Street, Rotorua.. Hot mineral pools And swimming pool at the Motel

Sun 23 Jan Rotorua - Hamilton (travel by bus)
AM - Morning bus tour with Elite Adventures to Wau-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Waimanga
Volcanic Valley. Intercity Coachlines Bus. Depart Rotorua 5:15pm Arrive Hamilton 6:45pm
Stay at Ventura Inn and Suites as before

Mon 24 Jan Train - Hamilton - Wellington
The train departs 11:40 arrives Wellington 8:30pm. Stay the night Wellington Motel, 14 Hobson Street,
Thorndon, Wellington

Tues 25 Jan Wellington-Picton
Time in the morning to take a look around Wellington and do some shopping. In the afternoon catch the ferry to
Picton on the northern tip of South Island.Travel Inter Island Line - The Linx Ferry. Latest Check in 3:00pm Arrive Picton 5:45 pm
Stay overnight Jasmine Court Travellers Inn, 78
Wellington Street, Picton

Wed 26 Jan Picton - Nelson (70 miles)Take a scenic road alongside Queen Charlotte Sound and cross
A range of hills to the Tasman Bay coast and down to Nelson.Stay at Trafalgar Lodge, 46 Trafalgar Street, Nelson.

Thurs 27 Jan Nelson - Murchison (60 miles)
Head south in scenic and remote countryside. Stay at Murchison Motels, 53 Fairfax Street, Murchison.

Fri 28 Jan Murchison - Maruia Springs (64 miles) A Ride along the valley through the Southern Alps to stay at The Hot Springs Resort of Maruia Springs. Stay at Mariua Springs Thermal Resort

Sat 29 Jan Maruia Springs to Hanmer Springs (65 miles) A short climb up to Lewis Pass and then an undulating descent to Hanmer Springs which is another hot springs Resort.Stay at Hanmer Resort Motel, 7 Cheltenham Street Hanmer Springs.

Sun 30 Jan Hanmer Springs - Christchurch (74 miles) Fairly flat all downhill route to Christchurch.
Stay at Home Lea Bed and Breakfast, 195 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch

Mon 31 Jan Bus - Christchurch to Dunedin
Only two bicycles can be taken on each bus. The booking Made is for 2 passengers and 2 bicycles on the Atomic Shuttles Bus from Christchurch to Dunedin. Pick up
is at 7:45am opposite "The Holy Grail" 88 Worcester
Street, Christchurch. Second booking is made for 1
passenger and 1 bicycle with a pick up at 3:00pm again opposite "The Holy Grail" 88 Worcester Street,
Christchurch. Stay overnight at Hulmes Court Bed and Breakfast, 52 Tennyson Street, Dunedin.

Tues 1 Feb Rest Day - Dunedin
Accommodation as before NOTE The Rest Day is switched from Christchurch to Dunedin to give a spare day in case of any problems with the buses. Also we have a day in Christchurch at the end of the trip. In Dunedin visit Baldwin Street the steepest street in the world at 38% gradient.

Wed 2 Feb Dunedin - Beaumont (72 miles) Head south first then head north west in the direction ofThe distant Alps. Stay overnight at The Beaumont Hotel, Beaumont Road, Beaumont

Thur 3 Feb Beaumont to Alexandra (50 miles) Head on up a valley among the Alps. Stay at Alexandra Avenue Motel, 117-119 Centennial Avenue, Alexandra.

Fri 4 Feb Alexandra to Queenstown (60 miles)Head on across a scenic barren area in the rain shadow of the Southern Alps. Stay overnight at Four Seasons Motel, 12 Stanley Street, Queenstown.

Sat 5 Feb Queenstown - Rest Day
This is a place with 1001 activities from Bungi jumping to scenic flights over Lord of the Rings film locations.
Accommodation as above.

Sun 6 Feb Queenstown - Te Anau (71 miles)
Take a steam ferry across Lake Wakatipu and then 51 miles Remote countryside rough stuff route. Then 20 miles on road.
NOTE this will be a difficult day because the earliest
Ferry gets to the other side of the lake about 10:40
and the long rough stuff route means we are likely to
arrive late in the evening
Stay at House of Wood Bed and Breakfast, 44 Mona
Crescent, Te Anau.

Mon 7 Feb Te Anau (Milford Sound Trip) Due to the distance and a 3 mile rough track unlit tunnel on the route suggest taking a bus to Milford Sound and
then a boat cruise.

Tues 8 Feb Te Anau to Tuatapere (62 miles) Scenic route south alongside Lake Manapouri and then A minor road down to the south coast. Stay at Waiau Hotel, 49 Main Street Tuatapere.

Wed 9 Feb Tuatapere - Invercargill (50 miles)
Follow the south coast. Stay at Heritage Court Motel, 40 Thompson Street,Invercargill

Thur 10 Feb Bus - Invercargill - Christchurch/Ashburton
Edwin and Martin are booked on the Automic Shuttles
Bus from Invercargill to Dunedin (10:00am from
Invercargill Information Centre) arrive in Dunedin
2:00pm. Then a connecting bus from Dunedin
Railway Station at 2:30 pm arrive Ashburton 7:00pm.
Peter is booked on first the bus from Invercargill to Queenstown departing Invercargill Information
Centre at 9:15am arrive in Queenstown at 12:10. Then the Queenstown to Christchurch bus departing Queenstown Station at 1:45pm arrive in Christchurch 9:00pm Note that the Queenstown to Christchurch bus
journey goes through some of the more spectacular
areas of the Southern Alps within sight of Mount Cooke.
Note that the two different bus routes were the only
way to get three bicycles booked. There is another
bus company operating but they do not guarantee
carriage of bicycles and it is up to the driver on the
day depending on capacity.

Accommodation :-
Peter Home Lea Bed & Breakfast, 195 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch

Edwin and Martin
Stay overnight at Ashburton at Best Western Coronation Park, 80 East Street, Ashburton.

Fri 11 Feb Peter - Rest Day in Christchurch (fly back the 12th)
Stay overnight Home Lea Bed & Breakfast as before

12 Feb - Taxi booked to the airport to take Peter and his bike.

Fri 11 Feb Edwin and Martin
Ashburton - Staveley. (15 miles) Head west to stay in the Foothills of the Southern Alps.Stay overnight at Awaiti Farm Stay, Staveley

Edwin and Martin only
Sat12 Feb Staveley - ( 75 miles)
Do an out and back ride on a road which starts out tarmaced and then turns rough and climbs into a
high valley in the middle of the southern Alps which was
the location for filming of The Realm of Rohan in the
Lord of the Rings. Stay at Awaiti Farm Stay as before

Sun13 Feb Staveley - Lake Coleridge - (35 miles)
Follow roads along the foothills of the southern Alpsand then roads west again up the valley of the River Rakaia to stay at Lake Coleridge.
Stay at Lake Coleridge Lodge, Lake Coleridge.

Mon 14 Feb Lake Coleridge to Christchurch (70 miles)
Take a side road climbing through the Southern Alps and then join the main route coming down from Arthur's
Pass just before Porters Pass at 945 meters.Then a long descent via Springfield to Christchurch.

Stay at Home Lea Bed & Breakfast 195 Bealey Avenue

Tues 15 Feb Rest Day - Christchurch
Stay Homelea Bed & Breakfast as before

16 Feb Martin flys back. Taxi booked to pick up Martin and bike from Homelea Bed and Breakfast at 12:00 noon

22 Feb Edwin Flys to Sydney Australia

8 March Edwin flys to Singapore

11 March Edwin flys to London, arrives 12 March.

remote Posted by Edwin at 6:03 AM EADT
Updated: Sunday, 19 December 2004 9:44 AM EADT
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Friday, 26 November 2004
Blog Introduction
This blog will be a diary with pictures of a Cycle Tour using Round the World Flight Tickets to visit Chile and the Andes, New Zealand North and South Islands, Australia and Singapore. The Tour starts on 6 January 2005.

Postings will be made regularly during the tour depending on access to Internet Cafes or a GPRS signal. The author Edwin Jones will use an 02 XDA handheld computer to access the Internet anywhere with a signal and post to this website by email. This will include pictures. As this version of the XDA does not have a Camera included the plan is to take pictures with a digital camera and then swap the memory card with the one in the XDA, as they are the same type. This has worked in tests in this country (the UK)

Those who will take part in the Tour are Edwin Jones and 2 cycling club mates Martin Greening and Peter Wilson. Pictures of the Tour participants are below.

Edwin Jones

-------------------------------------Martin Greening

Peter Wilson

Posted by Edwin at 9:20 AM EADT
Updated: Sunday, 19 December 2004 9:46 AM EADT
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Tuesday, 1 January 2002
Wednesday 17 January. Ballarat to Maryborough.

remote Posted by Edwin at 12:00 PM EADT
Updated: Thursday, 18 January 2007 9:16 PM EADT
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