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Tour 2012 Riverton to Arrowtown details in "Events"

A very wet start to the tour loading up in Oamaru
Saturday 13th October 2012

The weather cleared as we travelled south. By the time we got to the start at the Flax mill, a pleasant day.

We had a very interesting tour of the flax mill then rode on to Colac bay

Heading down into Colac Bay

Sunday 14th October 2012. An exhibit in the Museum at Riverton.
Bought by Gerald Cross in 1890.
He sold it in 1900 approx.
50 years later he bought it back again.
Ingenious spoking arrangement and old pneumatic tyres sewn onto the rim.

Setting forth from Colac bay

Dinner at Yesteryear cafe. Tuatapere, Southland, New Zealand.
Entertainment provided by local pipers.

Following lunch at Blackmount school the whole school turned out to view the cycles and ask questions.
They had been studying the history of the bicycle prior to our arrival so had some very good questions.

Heading up to Borland lodge in Fiordland national park

Happy hour in the highlands.
Borland lodge, Fiordland National park, Southwest New Zealand.

Fancy a hot sausage camp mother?


Travelling towards Mossburn surrounded by snow capped mountains.

Lodgings at the Railway Hotel, Mossburn. A welcome sight after a long day.
We were lucky we had a strong tailwind.

The Garston school children dressed appropriately for our visit. The parents provided us with a nice lunch.

Arrival at Fairlight station for the final leg of the journey to Kingston.

First class I presume?

Just caught the last post.

Preparing to board the Kingston Flyer

Arrival at Kingston Station

Welcome board at our accomodation

Mrs Martin contemplating dessert.

Thursday 18th October.
The day dawned very wet but as we were travelling up the lake on the TSS Earnslaw it didn't matter.
Here she is waiting for us at the wharf. The Kingston Flyer had run an excursion up to meet her.

Preparing to depart Kingston wharf

Mr & Mrs Simpson
Mr & Mrs Simpson Senior

The birthday cake and band

The weather added to the atmosphere. The bluff in the background is the Devils staircase. A difficult route that made the Eanslaw so important for the transportation of people and goods to Queenstown.

Smartly dressed gentlemen enjoying the refreshments.

Mitch inspecting stowed bicycles

Large hats were the order of the day

Disembarking at Queenstown

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