Note: Press here for all updates of copies from the September 2001 Editions.
CYCLE SHOPS: Changes to the location, names and existence of many cycle shops have occurred since going to print. It is recommended readers check the accuracy of the listing before making contact.
WATER: Reference to water at DoC camp sites or other such places does not mean it is suitable for drinking without proper treatment - even if it comes out of a tap!
PAGE 21: THAMES - COROMANDEL - WHITIANGA: Gradients - There are two moderate hills on SH 25 between the Bluff Road turn-off and joining the coast before Kuatunu, the last is quite hard (consider using the 309 Road). Also Services - KUATUNU - add backpacker hostel. And Options - Side Trip...
COROMANDEL - FLETCHER BAY The walkway to Port Charles is being widened to allow bikes.
PAGE 71: Link Road iii TAUPO - HAMILTON: Services - PUTARURU: add backpacker hostel.
PAGE 19: PAIHIA - WHANGAREI - BRYNDERWYN: Alternative i - RUSSELL - WHANGARURU - WHANGAREI: The road is now all tar-sealed, but it is still very hilly!
PAGE 10: AUCKLAND: DIRECTIONS SOUTH to Coromandel - If cycling from Downtown Auckland consider using part of the 50km Cycle Route (a map should be available in Auckland) that skirts Waitemata Harbour to Panmure.
PAGE 31: AUCKLAND - PUKEKOHE - RAGLAN: (on SH 22) Services: PUKEKAWA: add farm hostel.
PAGE 58: WESTPORT - KARAMEA: Services HECTOR (5km N of Granity): Add backpacker hostel.
PAGE 33: GERALDINE - OMARAMA: Services - ALLANDALE: The Farm barn has burnt down. Also....
LAKE PUKAKI: The information kiosk is now a full blown visitor centre. And in Attractions, the interesting Kakahu Bush Scenic Reserve, between Geraldine and Fairlie has been opened to the public. Entrance at the historic lims kiln on Hall Road a short distance off either SH 79 or part of Option alternative i (see page 34).
PAGE 36: OMARAMA - QUEENSTOWN: Services - QUEENSTOWN: now has a supermarket.
PAGE 52: QUEENSTOWN - CARDRONA - WANAKA: The road is now all tar-sealed.
PAGE 53: WANAKA - HAAST: Services - MAKARORA: Kiwi Experience now stay at Wanaka so no longer use the motor camp here. Things should be a lot quieter now, although Magic Bus still stay there.
PAGE 54: HAAST - FRANZ JOSEF: Services - FOX is now free of backpacker buses but at
FRANZ JOSEF: Kiwi Experience use the motor camp and so it is now much noisier.
PAGE 65: NELSON: Services - Kiwi Experience use Paradiso backpacker hostel so beware.
PAGE 28: AUCKLAND - NGARUAWAHIA: Gradients - The major road works on SH 1 around Mercer have now been completed.
PAGES 52 & 54: OPOTIKI - ROTORUA: Kutarere store is no longer open.
PAGE 10: AUCKLAND: DIRECTIONS: SOUTH to Coromandel - Take care on this route through St John's, Panmure and Pakuranga suburbs, there may be a sign missing and you could end up going the wrong way!
PAGE 45: WELLINGTON - WOODVILLE: Options - Alternative i: RIMUTAKA INCLINE - This is a mountain bike track and therefore can be difficult or narrow in places, particularly on the Featherston side.
PAGE 50: WAIROA - GISBORNE: Services - WAIROA The backpacker hostel 8 km N has closed.
PAGE 52: GISBORNE - MATAWAI - OPOTIKI: Services - MATAWAI: Add a motor camp (no cabins).
PAGES 8 & 9: AUCKLAND DIRECTIONS: The city is developing a network of cycle routes throughout greater Auckland, some run alongside motorways. Also the northern motorway is being extended, therefore hopefully making the route less congested, but no less hilly!!
PAGES 24 & 25: TAURANGA - WAIHI: Services add OMOKOROA: motor camp (3.5km off SH 2).
Also in Attractions, it is suggested there are less trucks at week-ends.
PAGE 65: NATIONAL PARK - WANGANUI: Services: RAETIHI - add motor camp.
PAGE 14: CHCH - AKAROA: Services - LITTLE RIVER: The store/tearooms have re-opened after a fire.
PAGE 15: CHCH - AKAROA: Gradients - After Hilltop there are 4 more hills to Akaroa, not 3 as stated, with the last one being the hardest!
PAGE 35: 3b Link Road: OMARAMA - OAMARU: Services - DUNTROON: The domain camp ground has cheap cabins.
PAGE 45/46: INVERCARGILL - CATLINS - BALCLUTHA: Services - SLOPE POINT: A bkpr farm hostel with tent sites and small shop has opened 3 km N of the South Island's most southerly point.
PAGE 54: HAAST - FRANZ JOSEF: Services - LAKE PARINGA: The lodge seems not to have bkpr accommodation available.
PAGE 55: FRANZ JOSEF - GREYMOUTH: Services - PUKEKURA The cabins have re-opened.
PAGE 46: 3 Alternative iii: LAKE WAIHOLA - TAIERI MOUTH - DUNEDIN should be on page 45!!
PAGE 21/22: MIDDLEMARCH - RANFURLY - CLYDE: The Otago Central Rail Trail had it's official opening on 19th February 2000.
Also on Page 22: Service - OPHIR is 2km from Omakau, off SH 85, not 5km off SH 87 as stated.
PAGE 34: 3b Side Trip: To Mt Cook: Services - Glentanner motor camp no longer has a store.
PAGE 17: TIMARU - OAMARU - DUNEDIN: Services WAITATI: the motor camp has closed.
PAGE 45: INVERCARGILL - CATLINS - BALCLUTHA: Services MOKOTUA: has a dairy/tearooms.
PAGE 57: GREYMOUTH - WESTPORT: Services - PUNAKAIKI now has a small shop.
PAGE 26: CHRISTCHURCH - WAIPARA - LEWIS PASS: OPTIONS Link Road i: SH 70 is now all tar-sealed.
PAGE 14: CHRISTCHURCH: Services - The information centre has moved to Cathedral Square.
PAGE 18: CHRISTCHURCH - DUNEDIN: Alternative ii: KARETANE COAST - Seacliff now has a backpacker hostel.
PAGE 21: DUNEDIN - RANFURLY: Services - MIDDLEMARCH now has a backpacker hostel.
PAGE 26: CHRISTCHURCH - WAIPARA - LEWIS PASS: Link Road i: SH 70 is now all tar-sealed.
PAGE 33: GERALDINE - OMARAMA: Services - TWIZEL information centre has moved to Market Sq.
PAGES 44 & 46: DUNEDIN - ROXBURGH and INVERCARGILL: Services - MILTON now has a backpacker hostel.
PAGE 26: CULVERDEN - WAIAU - KAIKOURA: SH 70 is now completely tar-sealed.
PAGE 29: GREYMOUTH - ARTHUR'S PASS: Gradients - The new Otira Viaduct is now finished but expect short delays while other nearby road works continue.
PAGE 32: GERALDINE - OAMRAMA: Services - FAIRLIE: The bkpr hostel has closed for summer. Also in Attractions on Page 33...
Try Twizel's mountain oyster (er, private parts of male sheep!) festival in November.
PAGES 36/48: CROMWELL - QUEENSTOWN: SH 6 is now fully cleared after a huge rock slide (estimated 10,000mｳ) at Nevis Bluff closed the highway in October 2000 for several weeks. So don't hang around this area!
PAGE 52: QUEENSTOWN - CARDRONA - WANAKA: Almost all the road has now been tar-sealed.
PAGE 57: GREYMOUTH - WESTPORT: Services - CHARLESTON add backapcker hostel (8 km N).
PAGE 61: WESTPORT - MURCHISON - KAWATIRI JUNCT: Options: link road - SPRINGS JUNCT - MURCHISON: Check to see if MARUIA SETTLEMENT's Reid's store backpacker has reopened.
PAGE 67: NELSON - PICTON: Services - HAVELOCK add backapcker hostel (9km E). Also in Gradients - It is reported there may be a lot of logging trucks on SH 6 between Havelock and Nelson, except at weekends.
PAGE 52: QUEENSTOWN - CARDRONA - WANAKA: It is rumoured the Crown Range Road will be tar-sealed within the next 3 years and not by winter 1999.
PAGE 54: HAAST - FOX GLACIER - FRANZ JOSEPH: Services - between Lake Paringa and Bruce Bay add... PARINGA RIVER: Salmon Farm including tearooms.
PAGE 36: OMARAMA - CROMWELL - QUEENSTOWN: Services - TARRAS - add cyclists hostel, 4 km west of the village.
PAGE 44: INVERCARGILL - BALCLUTHA - DUNEDIN: Services - BALCLUTHA - Add a backpacker hostel. Also a bicycle shop at South Otago Sports & Cycles, 61 Clyde St, Tel: 418 4668.
PAGE 9: PICTON - KAIKOURA: Services - SEDDON - The motor camp seems to have closed.
PAGE 61: WESTPORT - KAWATIRI JUNCTION: Options: Link Road ii - MURCHISON - SPRINGS JUNCT: MARUIA SETTLEMENT Check beforehand if the hostel/tearooms is still open.
PAGE 67: PICTON - HAVELOCK - NELSON: Services - CANVASTOWN - The motor camp is 8 km south off SH 6 near to Mt Richmond Forest Park.
PAGE 58: WESTPORT - KARAMEA: Services - WAIMARIE: The store has closed.
PAGE 14: CHCH - AKAROA: Services - LITTLE RIVER: The dairy has burnt down.
PAGE 54: HAAST - FRANZ JOSEPH: Services: LAKE PARINGA - the cabins are no longer open.
PAGE 55: FRANZ JOSEPH - GREYMOUTH: Services: PUKEKURA - the tavern now has tearooms and limited tent sites but the cabins may no longer be open.
PAGE 55: OPOTIKI - TE KAHA - HICKS BAY: Services: Between TORERE and RAINUI HILL add HAWAI BAY: Motor camp/store.
PAGE 56: HICKS BAY - TOKOMARU BAY - GISBORNE: Services - RUATORIA does not have a motor camp.
PAGE 65: NATIONAL PARK - RAETIHI - WANGANUI: Services - RAETIHI: The motor camp has closed.
BACK COVER: This is the North Island Edition not South Island as stated. Obviously this is a deliberate mistake and the editor will be dealt with in the appropriate manner. Gulp!!
PAGE 20 & 72: Services - PAEROA: The backpacker hostel has closed.
PAGE 44: WELLINGTON - MASTERTON - WOODVILLE: Services - MASTERTON: The backpacker hostel has closed.
PAGE 66: RAETIHI - PIPIRIKI - WANGANUI: Services - PIPIRIKI: The informal camping area is currently closed due to flooding.
PAGE 21: DUNEDIN - MIDDLEMARCH - RANFURLY: Services: HYDE: The pub? has closed.
PAGE 33: GERALDINE - LAKE TEKAPO - OAMRAMA: Services: OPUHA RIVER: Skipton Bridge Domain Camping closed due to flooding, the toilet block vanished down the river!
LAKE TEKAPO Pedallers' Paradise, a 6 bed cyclists' accommodation, at our house. Open Labour Weekend (late October) to Anzac Day (late April).
PAGE 34: SIDE TRIP to Mt COOK The Mt Cook store has closed but expensive limited supplies are available in the Hermitage coffee shop.
PAGE 37 & 48: OMARAMA - QUEENSTOWN: Options: Side Trip i: Sealing of the Queenstown to Glenorchy road is now finished.
PAGE 41: QUEENSTOWN - MAVORA LAKES - TE ANAU: Services: The Key tearooms have closed.
PAGE 45: INVERCARGILL - CATLINS - DUNEDIN: There are now no immediate plans to seal the section of gravel on SH 92 between Waikawa Bay and Papatowai.
PAGE 53: WANAKA - HAAST: Services: WANAKA: The store became a supermarket.
BOUNDARY CREEK: is now also a DoC camp site.
PAGE 54: HAAST - FRANZ JOSEPH: Services - FOX: another backpacker hostel opened.
PAGE 61: WESTPORT - MURCHISON - KAWATIRI JUNCTION: Options: Link Road - Murchison - Springs Junction: MARUIA FALLS: DoC camp site has closed due to flooding.
PAGE 62: Options: ST ARNAUD - BLENHEIM: Renwick - add backpacker hostel.
PAGE 66: Side Trip: NELSON - COLLINGWOOD: Upper Takaka: The hotel has burnt down but there is now a backpacker hostel.
Above is at April 1998 and below is of November 1998 . . .
PAGE 29: GREYMOUTH - KUMARA - ARTHUR'S PASS: Services - Arthur's Pass Village -
add DoC camping in the shelter opposite Park HQ (water, toilets, shelter). Also...
GRADIENTS - A viaduct with a gentle 11.7% incline is under construction to replace the zig zag through Otira Gorge and is due for completion around November 1999.
PAGE 30: ARTHUR'S PASS - PORTER'S PASS - CHCH: Services - The order of the 3 locations between BEALY and LAKE LYNDON needs to be reversed as follows . . .
LAKE PEARSON also this is now a DoC camping area (toilet)
FLOCK HILL is still a lodge and CAVE STREAM has now been renamed . . .
CRAIGIEBURN FOREST: still DoC camping (shelter, toilet, water) and adjcent to SH 73.
Also after Craigieburn Forest add the following . . .
CAVE STREAM SCENIC RESERVE: picnic area (toilets) and . . .
PORTER'S RIVER: picnic area. Both are before Lake Lyndon.
PAGE 32: CHCH - RAKAIA GORGE - GERALDINE: Services - between
Alford Forest and Stavely add -
TAYLOR'S STREAM picnic area (toilet, tables) and between Stavely and Pudding Hill add -
BOWYER STREAM: picnic area.
OPTIONS - Alternative: Aylesbury Corner - Rakaia Gorge: There are only two fords to cross now, the other has become a bridge.
PAGE 33: GERALDINE - LAKE TEKAPO - OMARAMA: Services - between
Twizel and Ahuriri River add...
LAKE RUATANIWHA: picnic area.
PAGES 36, 47 & 51: Services - CROMWELL: Now has a supermarket.
PAGE 46: DUNEDIN - MILTON - ROXBURGH: Services -
ROXBURGH: a backpacker hostel has opened.
PAGE 52: QUEENSTOWN - CARDRONA - WANAKA: It is rumoured the Crown Range Road will be tar-sealed within the next 3 years and not by winter 1999.
PAGE 54: HAAST - FOX GLACIER - FRANZ JOSEPH: Services - between
Lake Paringa and Bruce Bay add...
PARINGA RIVER: Salmon Farm including tearooms
PAGE 56: FRANZ JOSEPH - HOKITIKA - GREYMOUTH: Services - New address and phone number for the visitor centre - Cnr of Tancred and Hamilton Sts Tel: 755 6166.
PAGE 29: AUCKLAND - HAMILTON - TE KUITI (Waitomo Caves): Services:
TE AWAMUTU: The backpacker hostel has closed.
TE KUITI: add backpacker hostel.
PAGE 32: AUCKLAND - RAGLAN: Attractions - Bob Price the world famous bar manager is no longer at Glen Afton so don't go, it's a boring place anyway. Currently he is the world famous (and as eccentric as ever) owner and proprietor of Hazelmere Dairy in Te Awamutu (page 29) and is now busy plotting the downfall of the supermarket as we know it.
Show him this book (if you have it!) and if he's in a good mood, doesn't faint or need to suddenly go out on urgent business, may shout you a glass of water - if you're lucky!
PAGE 36: NEW PLYMOUTH - WANGANUI: Options: Link Road: Stratford - Taumarunui: Services: TAHORA: farm motor camp at Tangarakau seems to have closed but nearby at the top of Tahora Saddle there is a new cafe with a camp ground (no kitchen) and stunning views. Sealing of SH 43 between Tahora and Tatu might be finished sometime during the next millennium.
PAGE 41: WELLINGTON - Attractions - The new Museum of NZ (MONZ) on the waterfront is due to open early 1998.
PAGE 45: WELLINGTON - WOODVILLE: Options - On SH 52 - PONGAROA: add bkpr hostel.
PAGE 46: WOODVILLE - NAPIER: Services - NORSEWOOD: add Beahive bkpr cabin, seasonal perhaps.
PAGE 54: ROTORUA - WHAKATANE - OPOTIKI: Services: OHOPE BEACH: The motor camp closest to the village has closed leaving one 7km from the centre.
PAGE 55: OPOTIKI - TE KAHA - HICKS BAY: Services - Whanarua Bay: add bkpr hostel.
PAGE 19: OAMARU - DUNEDIN
PROFILES: Mt Cargill elevation is 400m not 200m as indicated.
SERVICES: Oamaru Information Centre phone is now 434 1656. Also a bkpr hostel has opened.
GRADIENTS: Alternative via Kakanui Coast should read: From Oamaru head up Severn St, at the top bear left off SH 1 onto Awamoa Road and continue to the T junction. Go left onto Thousand Acre Road and on reaching the coast, go right at the T junction to KAKANUI (store, domain camping, bkpr hostel).
PAGE 20: OAMARU - DUNEDIN:
ATTRACTIONS: Look out for the giant man (& woman) eating bird (and egg) adjacent SH 1 at Waianakarua, waiting to pounce on unsuspecting passing pedallers!!
PAGE 31: SERVICES: Geraldine See Section 3a (not 2a).
PAGE 37: 51 & 52: SERVICES: Queenstown, See Section 4b (not 5b).
PAGE 43: INVERCARGILL - CATLINS - BALCLUTHA
PROFILE: Some of the hills between the turn off for Waikawa & Curio Bays and Owaka sometimes reach 200m.
OPTIONS: Add bkpr hostel at Waikawa Bay.
PAGE 59: FRANZ JOSEPH - HOKITIKA - GREYMOUTH
PROFILE: Mt Hercules is 200m not 385m as indicated on the profile (but I did get it right in the Gradients Section)!
PAGE 61: OPTIONS: Link road ii: MURCHISON - SPRINGS JUNCTION
Arcadia farm camp has closed.
Maruia: A store cum bkprs hostel has opened.
PAGE 62: KAWATIRI JUNCT - NELSON:
SERVICES: Between Norris Gully & Wakefield add Belgrove: pub.
PAGE 64: NELSON - PICTON:
SERVICES: Hira store also has tearooms.
Pelorus Bridge comes before Canvastown, not after.
OTAGO CENTRAL RAIL TRAIL: Clyde - Alexandra - Lauder (45 km) and Daisybank - Hyde - Middlemarch (50 km) sections are now open for use. The trail has a gravel surface more suitable for young masochists on unladened mountain bikes. Daisybank - Ranfurly - Lauder is still closed with progressive completion dates of different sections to early 1997.