A trip to the South Island of New Zealand is always exciting. The pace of life always seems slower than the North Island. It can feel as if you have stepped back in the past where life is less complex and time has no meaning.
We have come south to cycle the Otago Rail Trail, one of New Zealand’s most popular cycle trails. Pedalling through 150km of Otago’s history and spectacular scenery easily tempted us!
At Cromwell we are collected by the lovely husband and wife team of Shebikeshebikes and are driven to the sleepy town of Clyde. Their company has arranged bicycle hire and everything else from accommodation, collection and pick ups, car hire and recommendations of what to see and do ( all at no extra cost). All we are expected to do is pedal!
In Clyde we spend the night in the old Post Masters house. It is now a Bed and Breakfast full of interesting colonial antiques. We enjoy the evening in a local pub and are rewarded the following morning with a stunning crisp blue sky above. We collect our bicycles complete with panniers and eagerly head out along a long gravel path…