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October 28th, 2008 | categorizilation: all categories,New Zealand

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I was up and away from Taumarunui Holiday Park early today with the first stop the local Beaurepairs tyre repair shop.

Taumarunui Beaurepairs, New Zealand

Here I scrounged out back for four large truck tyre tubes.

Tube hunting in Taumarunui, New Zealand

With help from the staff, I walked out with four grand second-hand tubes, expertly patched up for NZ$10. I folded them meticulously, and attached them to the bike.

The bike loaded heavy with tubes in Taumarunui, New Zealand

I estimate the weight of the tubes to be somewhere between 7 and 10 kilograms. Add to that the fact that they pulled the center of gravity of the bike way up, the bike felt rather unweildly.

I visited the local Mitre 10 for some cheap nylon rope (30m for NZ$10), and I was on the road.

The ride from Taumarunui to Whakahoro (end of the road heading into Whanganui National Park) was not the greatest. Frequent light showers, dampened the mood somewhat, until I got onto the gravel road heading into the park.

On the way to Whakahoro, New Zealand

The road followed a small trubutary to the Whanganui River, and I relished the lack of traffic and beautiful birdsong of native New Zealand birds.

Towards Whakahoro, New Zealand

I arrived in Whakahoro just before dark, and stayed at the DOC hut there with Fritz and Johana, a German couple canoing down the Whanganui River.

The Whakahoro Hut with Fritz and Johana (German canoesits) in the Whanganui National Park, New Zealand

Many canoeists make the 5 day canoe journey from Taumarunui to Pipriki through the Whanganui National Park along the Whanganui River. It is called the Whanganui Journey, and is 145km long. I never even knew that there was a Whanganui National Park, let alone a river going through it that was so popular with tourists!

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Comment by Eline — November 3, 2008 @ 8:14 pm | post a comment

Yep, canoed down there myself a few years back (didn't have a bike on board though!)

Comment by Stephanie C — November 4, 2008 @ 2:16 pm | post a comment

And did you realise that it is officially a NZ WALKway? ……. as walkways are easier than tramps?? My 101 great tramps book mentioned that the walking bit 'can be a monotonous exercise in covering ground' in wet conditions, so that didn't inspire me. Kayaking has been done with toddlers, but I'm thinking the wanganui river thing may have to wait a few years for us…

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