How bad could bike packing in New Zealand be, really? Surely it’s all just lovely?
Yes, New Zealand would appear to have a lot going for it: more scenery than the eye can handle, wildlife to marvel at, world class mountain biking, a political leader you’d like to have dinner with, and penguins. But that doesn’t mean it’s wall to wall fun and happiness out there. To help you feel better about not being in New Zealand, Damian Stones has made this video about his latest gravel adventure across the islands.
They had a plan to ride for four days. There seems to be a lot of gear on their bikes, but since they stay in lodges and hotels it’s not totally clear what they’re carrying… coffee?
It rains pretty solidly for the whole four day trip, which should make you feel a lot better about not being in New Zealand. OK, it might not help much if it’s raining where you are, and you don’t have penguins, and you’d only invite your national leader to lunch if you wanted to see if those mushrooms you’d picked were edible.
There’s no mention of biting insects, fungal skin infections, or wayfinding trauma, so really this is suffering-lite. Enjoy.