NO SEASON FOR CANVAS HOUSES

The road to White Rock and track around to Cape Palliser form the best bicycle ride in New Zealand. Other opinions are available. They are wrong.

A bike, a few spares and warm dry clothes; a flexible route plan and a free weekend; a fellow rider with a sense of humour; a credit card. Everything required for a #lazybiketour. Summers seem both long gone and a long time coming; wind and rain are the norm; days are short and dark. A mid­winter adventure is the perfect tonic.

No thought is given to packing a tent—hotels, pubs and restaurants take the strain. Good food, beer and comfortable beds end each day. Don’t check the weather forecast. Expect the worst, be prepared. It won’t be as bad as you think, it’ll be a whole lot better. Other opinions are available. They are wrong.

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