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Hobbit Odyssey Day 14: Crescendo

When the co-founder of New Zealand’s oldest motorcycle tour company recommends a road as one of his favourites you know you are in for a crescendo to finish your Kiwi tour. Day 14 of our Hobbit Odyssey motorcycle tour of the North and South islands on a Harley-Davidson Road King starts in beachside Wanganui. They …

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Hobbit Odyssey Day 10: Mt Cook

If anything symbolises the majestic beauty of New Zealand, it’s Mt Cook as viewed across the azure waters of Lake Pukaki. The last time I’d seen this view was in winter with bleak skies, a black lake and a mysterious snowy peak veiled in heavy mist. But on the 10th day of our epic Hobbit …

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Hobbit Odyssey Day 8: Compact contrasts

Despite only travelling 255km today, we hopped from cold and windy misty mountains in the Lord of the Rings Fiorland to hot Utah-style landscapes in Central Otago. That’s the beauty of New Zealand. It is a compact land of contrasts. The eighth day of our Hobbit Odyssey tour of New Zealand on a Harley Road …

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Hobbit Odyssey Day 7: Milford Magic

“How long will it take to get to Milford Sound,” Mrs MBW asks Phil, the service station attendant in Te Anau, which is about 120km from the famed tourist attraction. “About two-and-a-half hours,” he says. “Then he looks out the window and sees the Harley Road King on the forecourt and adds, “But a lot …

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Hobbit Odyssey Day 5: Contrasts

From a sad and glum Greymouth to streams lined with bright wildflowers, from squally seaside rain to sparkling sunny lakesides, from straight and boring roads to the highest road in New Zealand that challenges the Stelvio Pass for excitement … This is day five of our 14-day Hobbit Odyssey motorcycle trip. A day of high …

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Hobbit Odyssey Day 3: Ferry ride

Hobbit Odyssey Day 3: Ferry ride We are sitting on the Interislander Ferry heading to the South Island of New Zealand after three days in the North Island on our Hobbit Odyssey tour. The first three days have been adventurous with a lost pannier on the second day, but the third day has been sensational …

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Hobbit Odyssey day 1: Hobbiton

How could a Hobbit Odyssey of New Zealand be complete without a trip to the Hobbit Movie Set at Hobbiton? Our very first day in Middle Earth consisted of a tour of beautiful Auckland, a Ring Burner burger at Burger Fuel, picking up a Harley Road King at Auckland Harley-Davidson and then charging down to …

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