From the people that brought you the Laos Unitour (www.laosunitour.org), we bring you The SINZ Unitour! That’s South Island, New Zealand, in Jan/Feb 2007. Dust off your Cokers and head down-under to redeem your SINZ.
The tour will start in Dunedin, and head towards Central Otago via a scenic train journey. From there we ride the “Central Otago Rail Trail”, traversing various Gold Rush towns along the way. We will likely spend a day or two in the adventure capital Queenstown (Bungy Jumping was born here), and then head up the West Coast past Fox and Franz Josef glaciers, before turning east up Arthurs Pass and finishing in Christchurch.
We are still crunching the numbers, but this is a preliminary announcement due to the interest we’ve had. The uncomfirmed dates are 20 Jan- 6 Feb (17 days). There are a total of 12 riding days and 5 rest days. These dates are still being worked through depending on accomodation and route, but if they change, it will be either by 1-3 days on either side of these dates.
The distance will be approximately 900km, over 4 mountain passes. Riding days will be anything up to 100km. The tour is designed to provide the biggest contrast of scenery possible- from the lush hillsides of Dunedin, through the arid towns in Central Otago, up the wet and wild West Coast, and then back towards the quant little city of Christchurch.
We’re limiting the tour to 12 riders. We will consider more riders depending on the availability of accomodation. It will be a semi-supported tour- we will hire a van to carry gear, and hopefully have vehicle support from local unicyclists as well. Lodging is still being worked through so we can’t give a cost yet. Early guestimates of cost will be between NZ$750 and $2000 to cover accomodation and support vehicle. You need to be a competent Coker rider to participate, which means being able to ride up to 100km on open roads, averaging 17-20km/hr on the flat.
Registrations will open in July. If you email me your interest I’ll pop you on the mailing list.
The organisers are Ken Looi (me); and Tony Melton from Unicycle.com NZ.
Website with further details will be up in about a fortnight.
Email your interest to ken(dot)firstname.lastname@example.org