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When we introduced the Trans-Oceania in 2014, one of the most common questions was “Why stop in Sydney?”
At the time, there were a number of reasons. The cycling expedition was already 4 months long. The schedule meant that it finished in Sydney just before the holidays and we always try to make sure people are not cycling over this period. The logistics involved in cycling through numerous Indonesian islands, into East Timor and then flying to Australia were already challenging enough, even for us.
The inaugural Trans-Oceania turned out to be a complete success but, still, we never quite got that question out of our minds and most Fridays, during our weekly beer induced brainstorming sessions, someone would bring the subject up. In the end, we decided to explore the possibility of replacing Indonesia with New Zealand and the more we read on the country, the more we were convinced, we should make the change.
So without further ado, we would like to present the 2016 Trans-Oceania, a 7500km cycling odyssey that begins in the heat and humidity of Darwin on Australia’s northern coast and ends in one of the world’s adventure capitals, Queenstown, New Zealand.
Here are some highlights:
We hope you will join us on this spectacular cycling adventure.
PS – We haven’t forgotten Indonesia. The riding there was most challenging, the people were the friendliest and the scenery was beautiful. Watch for a new expedition here in the near future.
3 Comments for "Godzone"
Costs form Cape Town,S.A. ?
kia ora, pleased you’re coming to Aotearoa New Zealand.
There will be some big hills but the views will be worth it. Most NZ open roads are coarse chip so it’ll feel a bit sluggish if your home country uses hot mix. Daytime max temperature in Wellington at the moment (November) is anywhere from 12-16 degrees C. You’ll get some rain. Prevailing wind is northerly.
The route takes back roads, which is good and beautiful, but there aren’t a lot of alternative roads in some parts of NZ so watch out for traffic – keep left!
On Section 4, you’ll probably meet road riders out training because the biggest mass participation ride of the year, Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge (160 km round the lake, or variants thereof), takes place in the final weekend of November. The ride is anti-clockwise: you’ll be going in the opposite direction.
On rest days, day tramps (eg Tongariro Crossing) are phenomenal.
Great! Thanks for the feedback Michele! Hope we get to see you enroute in NZ 🙂