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NEW ZEALAND South Island best route?

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NEW ZEALAND South Island best route?

Hello everybody, hope you are well.

I'm touring new zealand south island.

Started from.picton, visited Abel Tasman, came to Hanmer Springs through the rainbow and I'm.on my way to Christchurch because I'd like to visit Kaikoura.

I'd like some help with the rest of my route.

I was thinking of taking the transalpine to greymounth, visit the pancake rocks and then cycle down the west coast

Another idea is from Christchurch to Timarau, Tekapo , mount cook and then wanaka, queenstown and southland.

What would be your suggestion???

I would visit both coasts but I think the second one sounds like more things to see along the way than the west coast. But I'm.not really sure, maybe the west coast is beautiful itself.

If you have done wether the first or the second route or something similar, I would appreciate your advise.

Thank you in advance and happy cycling.

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Hi Mariano

Hi Mariano

Do you have time to cycle your 2nd option first, and then once you have arrived Wanaka, ride west to Haast and then up through the west coast.

both west coast and the lakes region are stunning.

I did mine west coast in 2003, and Otago lakes in 2006. I went down again in December 2015, but this time with my car. either way they are nice.

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Hi, I have just completed

Hi, I have just completed both the north and south islands. If I could chose a route for the South island based on what I saw it would be.
Picton to Nelson, then into Takaka to see Abel Tasman area. Cycle via Murchison to Punakaiki, see the walks then get to greymouth. From there take the wilderness trail and not the main road. This takes you pretty much to Ross. Once there just work your way to Franz, Fox then Haast.

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Hi, I have just completed

Hi, I have just completed both the north and south islands. If I could chose a route for the South island based on what I saw it would be.
Picton to Nelson, then into Takaka to see Abel Tasman area. Cycle via Murchison to Punakaiki, see the walks then get to greymouth. From there take the wilderness trail and not the main road. This takes you pretty much to Ross. Once there just work your way to Franz, Fox then Haast.

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https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=1mr&page_id=126092&v=3E

Don't bother to do Chch to Timaru. Take the train to Greymouth or stop at Arthurs Pass and cycle from there, turning onto the Wilderness Trail at Kumara.

You can go down the coast to Queenstown over the Crown Range, then cycle back through the gorge to Cromwell and head for Fairlie using the Alps to Ocean Trail when you reach Omarama. Or catch a bus back if you run short of time (try Atomic Shuttles which takes cycles).