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Three Weeks On The Mainland: A bicycle journey through New Zealand's South Island [Kindle Edition]

Leon Hill
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In the Spring of 2011, two friends set off on a three week cycling adventure through the hills, highways and hostels of New Zealand’s South Island.

Their journey took them from earthquake ravaged Christchurch, through the majestic Southern Alps, and along the famed Otago Central Rail Trail - putting their bikes, their friendship and themselves to the test.

Three Weeks On The Mainland is an honest and heartfelt account of the highs, lows and minutiae of bicycle adventure in New Zealand, seen through the eyes of an occasionally anxious cyclo-tourist.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 954 KB
  • Print Length: 110 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FV97MXI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,956 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this book 6 July 2014
By Elimb
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Enjoyed this book. I'm planning a cycling trip to NZ so am trying to read as many books as possible. I thought it strange that someone can just publish a book about their three week holiday, staying in nice hostels etc, but I guess this was quite entertaining. Nothing spectacular happens but it does give an idea of the landscapes etc. He does seem to have an obsession with the history of mining though, and the amazement at an 120 year old house is quite cute. I understand the harshness of how the miners lived back then but I did get then impression that the author had never left Australia/NZ before. Maybe some history in Asia or Europe would totally blow his mind.
So this isn't one of those extreme travel books, it's just a nice, relaxed look at NZ and it made me smile all the way through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth 77p 27 Feb. 2014
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This is a clearly written and entertaining little book, detailing the author's cycle tour of the Canterbury Plains, up to Mount Cook and down to the Otago Rail Trail. It's often very funny, with spot-on observations on the harsh and beautiful landscapes of the South Island, the devastation of Christchurch after the earthquakes, small-town New Zealand cuisine, and also terribly chafed undercarriage.
The author is passionate about the history of the mining areas and colonial-era buildings. He describes the beauty of the landscape very well, and the joy he get from journeying through these areas by bike is infectious. The ending of the book is poignant. I hope Leon gets the chance to do a lot more of what he loves to do.
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I was very disappointed. I have been to New Zealand several times, and had hoped that this book would recreate memories of this wonderful country. Unfortunately I thought the book was poorly written and pretty boring. The writer seemed obsessed with what he and his companion had for breakfast or dinner or whatever - including what they bought in such and such supermarket -who cares? He might as well have written an account of his boring life back in Oz - 'Got up, showered, dressed, had tea and toast - etc. ........ Definitely not recommended. Don"t give up the day job, Leon.
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Very Enjoyable reading, the authors descriptions of the journey and the places he visited were very interesting. I enjoyed looking at the places he went to on "Google Earth"
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great adventure through the mainland 22 Oct. 2013
By Howard Roff - Published on Amazon.com
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A great story, especially looking at my hometown, and the stunning South Island. For anyone contemplating cycle touring through the South Island, a must read with many moments of self realization and 2 mates exploring. Absolutely recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This adventurer is keeping it real 21 Oct. 2013
By adam - Published on Amazon.com
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I started to read the sample and had to buy the book to find out what happened. I was hooked. A detailed story of bike touring in New Zealand that will likely inspire you to hit the roads and trails yourself. All aspects of the journey are covered, from the exhilarating scenery, terrifying weather, physically challenging riding and the comparatively claustrophobic hostel life.

For anyone thinking of bike touring in New Zealand this book is a great introduction which will surely inspire you to make the trip yourself. For anyone else this is a great insight into the journey of an unconventional tourist.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bucket list item No.74 29 Oct. 2013
By Boris Ruckels - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a really well written account of an adventure that is both witty and poignant. Having read many cycle touring accounts, I found myself pricing a touring bike and airfares to New Zealand after reading the descriptive accounts of the land and the people. Highly recommended to anyone considering taking up touring or, like me, mind cycling via armchair.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Right Idea 5 Feb. 2014
By MissionPk - Published on Amazon.com
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As with any interesting journey, what the author actually intended to do and what he actually found most interesting, isn't all that interesting. What actually happened, though, is a good read. The first 3 or 4 days of the journey are by far the best. Gives you a feel for cycling in New Zealand and isn't a bad intro to long distance cycle touring in general. The writing is good enough that it's fun to actually complete the journey, but the value is in the description of those first few days.
4.0 out of 5 stars Generally enjoyable read 1 July 2014
By CRP - Published on Amazon.com
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A couple of guys cycling across New Zealand's south island. A bit slow in parts, but a generally enjoyable read. I appreciated the honest opinions about the towns and accommodation. The author seems fair and even handed in his appraisals. I am not a cycling enthusiast, but didn't find this book too heavy on jargon.
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