From Hokitika my plan is to cycle by the coastline up to Westport andf then cross the island over to Nelson and Picton from where the ferryboat over to North Island and Wellington departure.
My first 60 km was quite easy bike, no slopes or mountain passes and the scenery was also nice.
I passed Greymouth without to stop and continued to Runanga where I did a short break for Coffe at a small cafe.
The weather was coolish but not cold, some clouds but the sun still shining. Perfect weather for cycling.
After another hour an a half I came to Rapahoe beach a saw a sign for camping so I decided to turn left down to the camp ground and pitch up my tent close to the shoreline but far enough for the water not to reach my tent.
During the night the weather changed to storm and rain and my tent swaying greatly but in the morning little bit better.In Barrytown a break for Coffe and to wait for the worst rain and wind to diminish as little
Rest of the day rain, rain, more rain and devilish headwind, so much that I sometimes had to steer the bike in order not crash.
This day on the bike was everything else than nice to ride. Rain, more rain and headwind. (Strongman Mine Memorial place)
I was wet from head to toe, from outside to inside so when I came to Punakaiki I booked a hotelroom. Dried my clothes and took a ”loooong” hot and comfortable shower.
Morning after a totally new weather situation. No rain, no wind and a sun that smiles big for me.
Outside Westport found a new tentcamp and unfortunately, the weather gets worse again. It rains almost all night and also windy.
From the West Port to Nelson the road was curvy, narrow but incredibly beautiful.
Beautiful lookout point. At the very top there is a roof shelter with a bench and a great place to have a picnic on the manicured grassy flat.
From the lookout to my camp for the night it was quite easy cycling, mostly downwards.
Some km after Kohatu I pitch up my tent under a huge oak and close to the road. The night was very chilly, 2 – 3 degrees minus but my Marmot sleeping bag did its job well.
I started early in the morning, while it still was dark. I sat on my bike before 7 am and tghe first km was flat but the last 3 km up the the peak of the monutain pass was tough. But the scenery down to Wakefild was outstanding.
I cycle into Nelson just before half past one and found a backpackers hostel quite easy. Stayed here one night before getting to Picton and the ferry boat to Wellington on the North Island.
The Picton archipelago is scenic and narrow. Reminds me about my hometown, Örnsköldsviks archipelago.
We arrived to Wellington 17.30 while the sun was gong down behind the Mountain of Victoria
About an hour after we arrived to the harbor in Wellington I installed my self in a dormitory at Global Trek Backpackers hostel close to city center for two nights.
See Yeah Later
The Global Cyclist