It didn’t take long for me to start missing New Zealand! I love the UK and love the amount of riding we are surrounded by but leaving hot, fast, flowy, dusty trails behind and coming home to cold, wet muddy trails has been a bit of a shock. Looking back at our time in New Zealand it has been by far one of the best trips I’ve ever had.
With out too much of a plan we toured around New Zealand stopping at all the big city’s Queenstown, Christchurch, Nelson, Wellington, Taupo, Rotorua and Auckland following the dh national series around the country whilst trying to ride everywhere and anywhere we could in between.
Queenstown had to be my favourite destination and also where we started off our trip meeting up with my good friend Harriet ‘Bob’ Latchem. Im pretty sure with out Harriet we would of been pretty lost so we can not thank Bob enough for hospitality. Queenstown seems to be the place to go for anybody thats into riding and you can see why. The amount of riding there is crazy and all with in such small area, you could spend weeks there and not ride half the stuff surrounding you. We made the hard decision and only brought our downhill bikes with out with us but most evenings we hired trail bikes from the go to bike shop in Queenstown, Vertigo Bikes. For me the trail riding in and around Queenstown beats the DH tracks hands down. I think every xc ride we went on I had my heart in my mouth, pushing my limits on most descents.
Every place we stopped at whilst tripping around the country had something special about it, whether it was the people, the views, the riding or all three, it always seemed like we were in a bit of a dream land. We met so many people out there, saw some of the best views in the world and managed to cram in a seasons worth of riding into 2 months. We are already planning a return trip there for next season. We have so many people to thank that helped us out along the way, our trip wouldn’t of been the same without you so big thanks to Sophie Jones and David Willoughby, Sarah Atkin and her family, Cycle Science, Vertigo bikes, Skyline Queenstown, Paul Jones, Steve Carry, Jake Boylett and a huge thank you to Bob Latchem and Junior. We will be back and hopefully see you all out there next year!