Tag Archives: New Zealand

The Tour Video

Some of the harsh conditions that were endured in New Zealand For a glimpse of the highs (witnessing Ireland destroy Australia and Italy) and the lows (Hypothermia) that Andy went through on his tour of New Zealand, watch the video below. A massive thank you to everyone who helped out with the Digino Challenge. Don’t [...]

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The Green Army in Dunedin

Chris, Brian, Peter, Andy & Gary celebrating in the Octagon in Dunedin after the Kangaroo Court Dunedin had been completely infiltrated by the Irish for the Italian match. However, before we could rejoin the festivities there was the small matter of the ‘Kangaroo Court’ to contend with. This Kangaroo court was set up to individually [...]

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The Final Dash

Sat 1st October: Naseby to Middlemarch via MacCrae’s – 139km Our tenth day on the road was to be our final one. The early wake up calls and the constant struggle to uniform up in our Lycra attire, the dehydration and constant hunger would all be a memory in only a few hill climb filled [...]

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A Pleasant Day in Otago

Fri 30th September: Naseby to Middlemarch direct – 79 km The ride to Middlemarch was nothing short of a joy. Rolling landscape, light winds and sunshine made the day pass without a hitch. There were a few tough climbs early in the morning and some long drags after our break but most of us were [...]

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Curling in Naseby

Thurs 29th September: Alexandra to Naseby – 89 km We were warned in our morning briefing in Alexandria that there would be one or two long hills to contend with on our way to Naseby, but compared to what we had encountered to date we’d be well able for them. Now the countryside seemed much [...]

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A Gentle Introduction for Gaillimh

Wed 28th September: Queenstown to Alexandra – 93 km The IRFU Charitable Trust Lads at Fergburger Queenstown was great but if we were to watch our lads do the business against the Italians in Dunedin we had to get back on the saddle. We said our goodbyes to FergBurger, Lake Wakitipu and our luxury hotel [...]

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Queenstown

Boats on the shore of Lake Wakitipu Queenstown has to be seen to be believed. There is a real energy about the place that makes it really hard to leave. We were staying in a great hotel and everyone was receiving some much needed treatment in the spa. A few of us even dived into [...]

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A Final Push to Ferg!

Sun 25th September: Wanaka to Queenstown – 68 km As nice as it was to be hot-tubbing it on the shores of Lake Wananka, enjoying the world renowned Ferg Burger in Queenstown was literally something I had dreamed of since I last visited in 2008. Between us and Queenstown was the task of climbing through [...]

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Arthur’s Pass to the Coast

Tues 20th September: Flock Hill to Hokitika – 137 km Despite having just survived some of the ‘gnarliest’ conditions our guides had ever seen there was no time to reflect as the next morning we were up at first light to get our bikes serviced. Thankfully the weather system had passed and although it felt [...]

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From High Spirits to Hypothermia

Mon 19th September: Christchurch to Flock Hill – 112km Day one, Christchurch to Flockhill, began with a slight drag and little drizzle before our lunch break. We seemed to be making great pace and everyone was in great spirits, if not a little apprehensive with the mountain climb ahead of us. I had worked out [...]

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Witnessing The Historic Ireland V Australia Match

Garry, Chris, Andy, Peter and Alan at Edin Park for Ireland V Australia On the 13th of September thirty of us representing the IRFU Charitable Trust, set off from Dublin on our trip of a lifetime. What felt like a never ending journey to New Zealand, took us via London, Dubai, and Bandar Seri Begawan [...]

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The New Zealand Climb

Last weekend, during our public fundraising for the IRFU Charitable Trust, there was quite a bit of interest as to the nature of Andy’s 1000km route. So having previously posted the Route Map of the South Island Cycle we decided to include a break down of the elevation of each stage of the journey below. [...]

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