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Waikaia is one of the nicest memory I have to tell. This tiny village is remote, lost in the middle of nowhere. This situation makes its people super friendly! After stretching, it took me 5 second to find a place: A quick "Hey How are you?" to Jim and Charlotte, 2 people chilling and sharing drinks in the afternoon at their bungalow and it was done. They wanted to know more about me so I developed and at the end of my story, Wendy Jane who joined the conversation (and by the way the owner of the Bar/restaurant/bungalows) offered me my own bungalow as well as Jim offered me diner for tonight.
The next morning I couldn't leave the place. Richard, Jim's and Charlotte's son, invited me to one of his friend's place for a big barbecue. It would have been rude to say no to such offer! I will spend the day looking for someone to cut my long hair and Richard told me the school teacher was a hairdresser before moving her. Here is the deal: I spend 2 hours with her pupils to speak about France and what I am doing and in exchange she will cut my her! What a bargain!
After an amazing night with Richard and his friends, we jump in the 4 wheel drive to go fishing the next day. Unfortunately we didn't catch anything. Finally after these 2 and a half incredible day, I hit the road again to make my way to Lawrence: A gold Town.
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Here are the pictures from Okains Bay to my last place in New Zealand: Diamond Harbour. This town is fantastic about its location. Diamond Harbour is located 20min (car and ferry) south of Christchurch. The hills are the border between the modern and industrial world in Christchurch and the high quality outdoor lifestyle in Diamond Harbour. From Diamond harbour you can trek or ride your bike through the backcountry and everything is close: ocean, ski resort, hills, trails, porter's pass...
My trip in Banks peninsula is over, now I've to find a box for my bike to get my plane in 4 days. But first of all Brent, my host, will drive us to Castle hill to ride one of his favourite trail!
I really enjoy my trip in NZ, let see if Tassie provide me as good company!
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2014-03-10_Diamond-Harbour
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36km, 1405m vertical height. Yes it was a lot but after a week without doing any mountain biking, I had to get back on the seat post! I didn't choose the easiest way neither. I start by Purple Road to reach the saddle by the walking track (on the push bike of course), followed Le Bons Bay road, Lavericks Bay road, Got Rock road and then big hill road ( 80% gravels or muddy track). After this tough ride, I went to the museum for...90minutes! That's a record but Okains Bay's museum is full of treasures in regards to the maorie culture. If you have the chance to get their, it's a must do.

I will stay 2 days in Okains Bay with Brent, a self-sufficient genious making everything himself, even his own clothes (and own jersey from the beginning by spining the wool). I learnt many hings with him, fantastic!
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2014-03-08_Akaroa_Okains-bay
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After I went to onuku, my next destination was the light house at the head of Akaroa. To reach it, the track was really steep: 600m in 4,5 km...twice. I was to tired to keep going to Okains Bay. After a week in Akaroa, I left Saturday morning to live a new adventure. Akaroa is one of my favourite place so far.
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After a big storm for 3 days (The worst since hundred years, in one day they got as much rain as they usually get in a year: 300mm), I went to Onuku discovering some Maorie art. A nice village!
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I decided to stay 6 days in Akaroa. This is the first french settlement in New Zealand and I feel like home. This village is split in two parts: the french side with the metric system and the english side with the imperial system. But for both, the name of the street are in french with the "gendarmerie", "le pot pourri", "la belle villa", … its harbor is wonderful and sometimes it looks like the basque Country and Guéthary.
You have a lot of tramps to do and it's what I will do during my staying!
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The most scenic ride I did by bike: Little River to Wainui by Reynolds and Bossu roads.
 Banks Peninsula is really a paradise. I was swimming in the middle of the clouds and because my ride wasn't really long from Little River to Wainui, I could take my time and enjoy the show. Once I reached Carews Peak i was in the middle of a cloud. These ones were coming from both sides of the peak  and surrounded me, with the sea at the background. Amazing
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Tai Tapu! A really nice village (it's more an intersection) not far away from Lincoln. The library is colourful with its stones. After a few pictures, I decided to join Little River by the hills. It was a complete exploration because for a couple of hours crossing severals private properties. Hopefully nobody caught me and again it's really an advantage to travel ultralight.
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I'm back to Christchurch! Thanks to Annabel, I discovered how big where the damages after the earthquake. It will take many years to rebuild everything but the town center already looks modern and design  with its container shops. I've also been unlucky. On my way to Annabel's home, I fell down and broke my rear brake. I tried to fix it but finally, I must change it…

The worst: I didn't get any scratches on it, that's prove Shimano's designers and engineers didn't think about everything: when you ride a bike, you must think we will fall down!
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On my way from Dunedin to Timaru with Fiona and Vic. We made a stop to Koekohe Beach to see the Moeraki Boulders! Unique in the world!
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2014-02-22_Dunedin-Ashburton
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