So we're now back in Rotorua after a great 2.5 week trip to the South Island. It was such an amazing opportunity to see all of New Zealand and ride in so many new places. Here are some pictures of my trip for your enjoyment, (some are cell pics so I apologize for poor quality).
After our race at Bluff we headed to Dunedin for a few days. The trails just outside the city were super fun and flowy and we had a great group ride with some of the locals.
|Road ride to Port Chalmers|
From Dunedin we made the 4 hr drive to Glenorchy on lake Wakatipu to do some of the beautiful rides around Queenstown.
|View of Lake Wakatipu from Glenorchy|
|"Muddy Creek" was pretty dry|
|Homemade spagetti and meatballs|
|NZXC team bonding golf|
|View from the top of Skippers|
|Water levels were a bit high in Queenstown|
We made a short stop in Craigieburn on our way to Nelson to do an epic ride up around the Craigieburn Ski Field. This was definitely my favourite ride of the trip and one of the best rides I have ever done. After riding up to the ski field, the trail traversed the side of the mountain, crossing some loose, sketchy rock slides. There was also the added excitement that if you rode a little too far to the left, you would fall off a cliff. The weather was also kind to us and after 4 hours on the bike, we made it home 5 minutes before the hail and rain.
|Craigieburn Forest Park|
|Ski Field in January|
|Ski Field in July?|
|Traversing the mountain|
|Just beat the hail|
|Nelson's beautiful beach|
|Ferry back to the North Island|
|Mt Doom (Or Tongariro)|
The weather in Rotorua has been perfect, with everyday being at least 25 degrees and not a drop of rain. Couldn't ask for better training conditions!