with Rod Oram


B to B 2024

B to B 2023

Tour of NZ 2023


Tour Aotearoa

Tour Aotearoa 2020

Day 4 – A jolly crossing of the Kaipara

Four water crossings play crucial roles in the Tour Aotearoa. They are important links in our journey, but also a demarcation between quite different places. And, of course, they give us a break from cycling. Today was our first, from Potou Point at the north head of...

Day 3 – Nourished by the Hokianga

The Hokianga nourished our minds, bodies and spirits today. Kennedy and I set out early from Kohukohu, where we’d had a delightful stay with his friend Sally. From there we took the short ferry ride across to Rawene. The photo above, a fuzzy telephoto one across the...

Day 2 – Dying sea, living history

Hukatere, the camp ground we stayed at last night, means wind driven foam in Maori. For the 800 or so years people have lived in Aotearoa — ours was the last large land mass to be discovered and settled by humans — what we now call the Tasman Sea was so vigorously...

Day 1  – A blessed departure from Te Rerenga Wairua

Day 1 – A blessed departure from Te Rerenga Wairua

A minor mechanical problem upset my planned departure from Te Rerenga Wairua this morning. But Abbey Brown had one too. At the time, I hadn’t heard of the man or his truck trouble. But when we did meet for the first time at the Cape an hour or so later, it turned the...

Ready to roll!

Ready to roll!

About 7am this coming Monday, in the company of some 100 other cyclists, I’ll roll down the hill from inspirational Cape Reinga to start our 3,000km ride to the far end of the country, stirring Stirling Point in Bluff. Over the following three weeks another dozen wave...