If biking again in New Zealand, I would limit myself to the South Island. On the North Island there was too much traffic for me. To bike State Highways was sometimes dangerous, and I’m thankful that nothing happened. Try to avoid main roads! I took the bus for some distances, and I don’t regret that.
I took most of the itinerary from Brendan O’Brien‘s 4 weeks around the South Island by bicycle. So far, he provides the best photos for the tour, clear, crisp and have some artistic touch in it. He also brought up my attention to 1) noisy campsite neighbors; 2) sandflies nightmare; 3) lots, lots of rain and maybe hail.
Besides these, two other resources I found useful:
- AirPower Wiki a very useful website listing how to find power outlets in all major airports.
- Pedaller’s Paradise provides a list of accommodation for cyclists in nz south island which is quite helpful. The price is pretty nice with most of them have large farms, sheep and fruit trees. Should be nice place to get off the saddle and take a rest.