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Rode Omakau to Wedderburn 42 km

Today was beautiful scenery, brilliant blue skies, very little shade and SO HOT!!!!! The scenery was very rural with rolling open plains Fields of sheep – white faced and black faced. Healthiest looking cows, farms with deers

Before leaving at 8am from Omakau I bought some sandwiches for $4 from the 4 Square and rode 7km to Lauder. I shouldn't have bothered as the best cafe and food was available just 7km away in Lauder ( population 14 people!!) from the Stationside Cafe. We stay and enjoyed their beautiful veranda and gardens.

It opens 9am but they let us in when we arrived at 8.45am. They make amazing sandwich and the best slices. They had photos up of who much snow they receive in winter. It can get as hot as 40 degrees in Summer and as cold as - 20!! They are closed May to September

Today we went through 2 tunnels past beautiful Poolburn Gorge and across the Poolburn viaduct at 108 metres liong and 37 metres high

After the viaduct the scenery was gorgeous looking down onto a wide green valley with stream meandering through it

Even though we were pretty hungry we kept riding as there was very little shade around. Eventually we found some and stopped in the shade of trees in Ida valley for a picnic lunch of ham and egg sandwiches. Food always tastes better eaten outside!

After lunch it was long and straight and hot. We arrived around 12.30 and stayed until 2pm at Oturehua Railway Hotel which was built in 1899. The town has 27 people and the very first general store in NZ. It had a lovely beer garden but we stayed indoors where it was cooler.

Left 2pm and arrived in at Wedderburn at 3.30pm – 12km. The first 8 km was a slow ride up a gradual hill to the highest point on the ride and then an exhilerating 4km downhill where we freewheeled at 23km . Average speed has been 9 – 10km an hour and in tough spots 7km an hour

Beside the trail is the Red Barn Visitor Centre of Wedderburn Cottages and on the door was our name and allocated cabin. We were in the small miners cottages which did not have an ensuite. ( $40 each and included continental breakfast) They are on a farming property which the rail trail goes through. Accommodation is 10 metres from the trail and 200 metres from the Wedderburn Tavern. The scenery is amazing scenery with wide open spaces and absolute peace and solitude. We were behind the Lodge - an old 1928 family homestead that gets rented out to large groups. There are several cottages and the property Is owned by 6th generation sheep farmers. Down on the main road are a couple more homes and the tavern built in 1885. The only disappointing part was we never saw the owners and were not told the wifi password or that there was a washing machine we could use.

Showered, washed my clothes and rode 200metres down to the Wedderburn Tavern on the main road where we shared salmon and roast veggies for $34

After dinner I sat up outside the Red Barn enjoying the serenity and views of beautiful rolling hills with mountains behind. The only sound was the occasional bleating sheep and birds. There are 8 other cyclists staying in cottages but I didn't see anyone. It was just beautiful

Our wee cabin on the hill

Our wee cabin on the hill


Omakau station

Omakau station


Lauder - population 14

Lauder - population 14


Best cafe  food on the trail

Best cafe food on the trail


Inside the cafe

Inside the cafe


Stationside Cafe

Stationside Cafe


Signpost

Signpost


Bridge

Bridge


We were never far from water

We were never far from water


Poolburn Gorge

Poolburn Gorge


Riding under hot blue skies

Riding under hot blue skies


Our first tunnel

Our first tunnel


View from the tunnel

View from the tunnel


Trail leading up to the tunnel

Trail leading up to the tunnel


Tunnel info

Tunnel info


Getting the headlamp on to enter the tunnel

Getting the headlamp on to enter the tunnel


Steep edges you don't want fall down

Steep edges you don't want fall down


The gorge

The gorge


Tunnel #2

Tunnel #2


We actually saw lots of people on the trail today

We actually saw lots of people on the trail today


Lots of wide open space

Lots of wide open space


Poolburn Gorge Viaduct

Poolburn Gorge Viaduct


Even the sheep were trying to find shade

Even the sheep were trying to find shade


Leigh

Leigh


Cramming into the limited shade

Cramming into the limited shade


Mostly sheep but saw cattle as well

Mostly sheep but saw cattle as well


When we found shade we rested

When we found shade we rested


Had lunch in the shade ahead

Had lunch in the shade ahead


Twin lambs

Twin lambs


Riding on bitumen is so much quieter than gravel

Riding on bitumen is so much quieter than gravel


It was hot now

It was hot now


Hayes Engineering

Hayes Engineering


Otaruhea General store - oldest in NZ

Otaruhea General store - oldest in NZ


The pub where we rested for a few hours

The pub where we rested for a few hours


My bike

My bike


Wedderburn - halfway!

Wedderburn - halfway!


Awesome views and space

Awesome views and space


The Red Barn of Wedderburn

The Red Barn of Wedderburn


Wedderburn Cottages - great place to stay

Wedderburn Cottages - great place to stay


Our little cabin next to the communal kitchen

Our little cabin next to the communal kitchen


Wedderburn Tavern where we had a yummy dinner

Wedderburn Tavern where we had a yummy dinner


Built 1885

Built 1885


Looking back up to the cottages

Looking back up to the cottages


Outside the tunnel

Outside the tunnel

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in New Zealand

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