Cycling the length of New Zealand, fundraising for Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant the wishes of children with critical illnesses.
I'm cycling the length of New Zealand, from Bluff to Cape Reinga, fundraising for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
I start cycling on 25th October, with my route hugging the western coastline of New Zealand as much as possible. Distance-wise it's about 3,000km, and pretty hilly with climbing the equivalent of 4 x Mount Everest - about 36,000 climbing metres.
My goal is to fundraise $30,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This mission of this wonderful charity is to grant the wishes of New Zealand children who have critical illnesses to give them hope, strength and joy.
Every wish is as unique and special as each child and is only limited by the child's imagination. From going on scary rides with dad or creating magical memories with family members, to princess playhouses, tree huts, bedroom makeovers, meeting celebrities or swimming with dolphins, the aim of Make-A-Wish is always to uncover the one true wish. You can see just how magical each wish is by checking them out here: http://makeawish.org.nz/wishes/wish-stories/
Your donation will make an extraordinary difference!
I love doing good for people and communities, so whilst seeing NZ by bike, it’s a chance to fundraise for a wonderful New Zealand charity, Make-A-Wish Foundation.
1000km completed, 2000km to go! 4 November 2021
The South Island is treating us well, with just a handful of bad weather days, lots of sun, temperatures hitting the low twenties, and not tooooo many headwinds.
And most importantly, the fundraising is ticking over, and is now approaching $14,000 of the $30,000 target. Thank you for your donations to Make-A-Wish, they make a profound difference to the lives of critically ill children and their families.
The stages so far have passed through Invercargill, Te Anau, Queenstown, Wanaka, Haast, Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, Hokitika, Greymouth and now Westport where we are tonight. As you can imagine, cycling this route provides the opportunity to drink in the exquisite South Island scenery. We live in a truly beautiful country!
The most challenging day so far was from Wanaka to Haast. It’s 140km with plenty of climbing, but it was the 60km of brutal headwinds that made it tough, not to mention torrential rain for the last 10km. Longest day was Bluff to Te Anau (190km). Most climbing was the Remarkables (1000 metres) and Crown Range (700m) - that day had over 2000m elevation gain. Wettest day was from Haast. Annie had to rescue me after 50km. I was near hypothermic. Most stunning scenery was....well, everyday!
Dumbest thing was stepping backwards off the wharf in Wanaka whilst taking a picture of the kids. Most frustrating was losing my cycling GPS, though we found it after an hour of searching in the campground rubbish bin. Go figure! Most exhilarating was paragliding in Queenstown. The kids favourite things have been the luge in Queenstown and Shantytown.
Chapeau to Annie for expertly handling our 7.7 metre motorhome, keeping the cyclist (and family) fed, watered and in clean kit, not to forget home schooling Sophie, Charlie and Sam - though the school of life is getting a pretty good workout.
I’m cycling around 110km most days, which leaves room for family time along the way. Part of this journey is showing our children all of New Zealand.
Thank you again for your support.
Thanks so much Lynda and Spiro! So close and yet so far as we wait for the Auckland border to open. Thanks again, the donations really make a difference for Maje-A-Wish recipients.
Hey thanks so much Craig. I really appreciate your support. The wishes the fundraising enables makes a huge difference for children with critical illnesses. In some ways I’m doing the easy bit! Thanks again 🙏