Day 31 | Wairau Valley to St Arnaud

The Blenheim whine tour

Date: 23 Feb 2024
Grade: 2

Well, it was a 67 km gentle but relentless climb with a headwind, past a lot of world-famous-in-NZ wine labels, and we did enjoy it really, but we might have grizzled a little because it was hard work and just a bit tedious, with the long straight roads and endless rows of grapes. We did find a lovely spot on the river for lunch – Kowhai Point DOC reserve. The final climb wasn’t too much of a hassle but we were lucky to have found Tamara’s place on AirBnB, 30 km up the valley from Renwick, because in the end I used 92% of my battery and I was working hard all the way.

We’re staying at the Alpine Lodge (backpackers section) in the attractive village of St. Arnaud. It’s on the shore of the lovely Lake Rotoiti, and it doesn’t have a main street full of cafes, or motels, or bars, but it does have great pizzas. It’s a good place.

Supplies: St. Arnaud Service Station. Excellent pizzas (and more) at the Alpine Lodge

Accommodation: The Alpine Lodge Backpackers

These videos are best viewed on a computer screen. Turning your phone sideways helps.

Total distance: 66.65 km
Max elevation: 728 m
Min elevation: 166 m
Total climbing: 909 m
Total descent: -440 m
Total time: 05:52:52
Download file: Day31.gpx

Battery use: 92% | 575Wh Headwind and up 500m


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