Posted by: paulgilders | December 16, 2012

Central Otago

After so much hilly cycling, we left Te Anau relieved to have flatter terrain ahead. We sped across the countryside through Lumsden and Gore.

The campsite at Lumsden was not crowded!
We didn’t have good weather all the time – we stopped in the town of Tapanui, where we had thunder and hale. Fortunately, we met Jackie and Alistair, who stopped to offer us a bed for the night – wonderful hospitality!

At Alexandria, we joined the Central Otago Rail trail – a destination for cyclists wishing to get off the road and enjoy some reasonable gradients.
The route has many bridges – all a bit shakey on the bike!
Of course, there are also tunnels – not very long, but very dark – we struggled to see even with our lights on.


We eventually reached the small village of Oterahua where we stayed in the nicest backpacker/ campground. We were the only ones there.

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