I'm looking for some advise, possibly somebody to join the trip or host me on the way (would be great!). The approximate route I have planned so far is starting in Christchurch, going to Greymouth (and pancake rocks), Wanaka, Queenstown, Te Anau, possibly Miliford Sound, Cromwell, Omarama, Grenaldine, Windwhistle and back to Christchurch. It is already quite packed for 3 weeks, so I may skip its parts or take shortcuts, since I would like to experience some other activities if possible on the way.
Some questions I have are first about shortcuts:
- is it possible / reasonable to get on the other side of lake in Queenstown and take a route through Mavora Lakes to Te Anau?
- looks like Omarama -> Christchurch has several possible routes, any suggestions of nicer vs faster one? As usual I would prefer avoiding crowded main roads.
I'm coming to New Zealand from far away and I won't have my bike with me. Any suggestions where I could rent / buy (with re-sale option) a bike in Christchurch? What would make more sense?