Old Ghost Road & Heaphy Track Adventure - Day 4
Murchison to Lyell Saddle Hut - 52km.
After a hearty feed I was on the road, heading for Lyell and the start of the famous Old Ghost Road.
The track was only officially opened in 2015 after 9 years of construction but is steeped in history.
You'll never be able to tell today but during the Gold Rush of the 1800's, over 1000 people lived in Lyell - what is just a small clearing today!
Old Ghost Road & Heaphy Track Adventure - Day 3
Tapawera to Murchison via Lake Rotoroa - 94km.
I left last nights roadside camp nice and dry, to continue south for Murchison and the Old Ghost Road. Mostly through quiet farming roads today.
Lake Rotoroa, my lunch stop, was absolutely stunning with nothing but loud bird song all around!
The climb over Braeburn Range after lunch left nothing but gradual downhill into Murchison, where I met a friendly #warmshowers host at the pub who took me in for the night.. Cheers again Owen!
Old Ghost Road & Heaphy Track Adventure - Day 2
Nelson to Tapawera - 63km.
Heading south on Nelson's brilliant bikeways, I met a hardy local Jim, who was also out making the most of the wet weather and we rode together until Lord Rutherford's birth place (the first to split the atom). Continuing on I rode through an old rail tunnel (Spooners Tunnel - 1.35km long) before finding shelter from the weather and drying out in the Hop growing area of Tapawera. A shorter day, but a dry night 🤙
Old Ghost Road & Heaphy Track Adventure - Day 1
Heading south on the 2.30am Bluebridge sailing to Picton, I then followed the excellent Tour Aotearoa route through to Nelson via the spectacular Queen Charlotte Sound, Pelorus River and over the brutal (on a touring bike!) Maungatapu Saddle.
107km and an excellent start to the upcoming adventure! 🤙
I guess I found summer. Or something that might even make me start to like the fact that I’ll probably be spending the next few months in a place I used to get sick of.
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Travel through expansive tussock downs, lush forests and nīkau palms to the roaring seas of the West Coast.
If you've done the Heaphy then share your story or pics below to go in the draw to win a Goodyear Flat Bill Vintage Cap. #cycleways#cycleways_#weride#heaphytrack#goodyeartyres
After the Heaphy If you need to stretch your legs before carrying on in your relocated car the 25min return Lake Hanlon track between Karamea and Karamea Bluff is just the ticket! #nzsouthisland#westcoastnz#heaphytrack
Had the chance to spot a Weka yet?
Join a Bushman on the Heaphy Track and discover our native wildlife along the way!
The Weka is a large, flightless bird, attracted to human activity. Their main threats are introduced predators, habitat depletion and effects of climate change.
Be careful not to fall victim to their curiosity - they will steal everything from shoes to toilet paper!
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Incredible past week surveying a slice of Predator Free New Zealand heaven.
We've had many reports of the @southislandkokako up in this incredible part of Kaharangi National Park.
Exciting to see a few rare #takahe (only about 400 left in the world) amongst many different native birds surviving on the mainland thanks to @docgovtnz's predator control program.
It's fairly minimal but a step in the right direction.