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Exploring the World by Bike


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Finding Gold on the Hauraki Rail Trail

Dennis and I have been in New Zealand for more than two months, yet I have hardly been out on my bicycle. First, it was a shoulder injury and then it was pure laziness but when friends visited from Canada, it was time to show them one of our favorite New Zealand rides.

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Hokitika and the West Coast Wilderness Trail

Leaving Abel Tasman National Park, we head south along the dramatic west coast of the South Island, on route to the West Coast Wilderness Trail. 

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Nelson and the Abel Tasman National Park

It’s possible to fly to Nelson, our first destination on the South Island, from either Auckland or Wellington very cheaply on Air New Zealand.  For $100 you can be in Nelson from Wellington in only 40 minutes but that isn’t very adventurous.

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Hauraki Rail Trail

The very first line on the very first page of the Hauraki Rail Trail website is:

The Hauraki Rail Trail is the easiest riding trail in New Zealand.”  I’m lazy and I’m sold.

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Bomb Bay and Hobsonville Point

Today, we visit Bomb Bay – not to be confused with Bombay.  Curious but I never noticed that bomb has a silent B.  You have to pity the poor sod learning English as a second language.  How does one explain a silent B?  Are there other words in English with a silent B?  Tomb and comb, but they have a different O sound.  Very confusing. 

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