Alps 2 Ocean
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thg 2 năm 2018 • Cặp đôi
The Alps2Ocean cycle route is not particularly good. The route is fairly uninteresting, except for a few short stretches.

This was my first time in New Zealand, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but, I must say I was disappointed with the A2O bike route. I'm pretty sure that the McKenzie District region of New Zealand is the most boring part of New Zealand, and at least 1/2 of the route is within the region. Yes, Mt. Cook is impressive, but, once you've seen it from a few different viewpoints, it's time to move on to something else. Unfortunately, there really isn't anything else to look at, except canals, and man made reservoirs.

The McKenzie is essentially high desert (let's say it's semi-arid); a very dry plateau, dotted with tiny towns built within the last 60 years as temporary worker camps for the massive hydro-electric projects. These towns remain as very boring little places with nothing to recommend them. Many barely have suitable services for travelers.

The A2O bike route is fairly constrained by these villages, since, cyclists need places to eat and sleep. There isn't anywhere else to do that.

Much (20-25%) of it is along heavily corrugated, rutted, loose gravel roads making progress not just slow, but painfully (literally) slow, even on a suspension frame, with a padded seat.

Paved roads (10-15% of the A2O) in NZ are usually pretty heavily used. They also have virtually no "shoulder", and generally are not very wide. So, when you're on the road, you really are sharing it with traffic. Outside of towns the speed limit is usually 100 kmh, and traffic generally moves faster than that; so the experience is fairly unsatisfactory, to be generous. To be fair, significant effort is being made to move cyclists off the road, but usually this means a gravel trail next to the busy road. The gravel trails are pretty good quality, and dedicated to cyclists, so very safe. BUT, don't be fooled, there's plenty of the route that requires cycling on the paved road, and the pavement isn't European standard, it's a rougher finish. I wouldn't really want to ride a race bike on it for any distance, the ride would be uncomfortable. Besides, a race bike would be totally unsuitable for the majority of the route anyway.

Without a doubt, the nicest part of the route is the final 25% (on the four itinerary it's the last day). Here the route becomes pleasant; there's interesting stuff to look at and the area is fairly quiet. The town of Oamaru is worth spending a full day in. You can see pretty much everything in a day, on foot (or on bike). There's several quite interesting attractions including the Steam Punk "museum", the penguin colony (don't pay, you can see them from public spaces near Friendly Bay), and the Victorian Heritage Precinct. The local restaurants are also excellent, as well as Scotts Brewing Company (for all beer loving cyclists).

From my perspective as a pretty well traveled cyclist (about 100,000 km of cycle touring throughout Europe), I would not recommend a trip to NZ for the purpose of cycling through it. NZ may be an interesting place to visit, but it's not a cycling paradise by any stretch of the imagination.
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