Route map of Christchurch to Akaroa, courtesy of Google Maps. Total distance, about 82 km (51 miles).
1445 km (898 miles) on the clock before the journey begins.
Packing some bare essentials for friends in Akaroa. Living in the sticks means a really, really high cost of living!
First photo opportunity didn't take too long to turn up... this shot taken just outside Tai Tapu, a town south of Christchurch city.
Almost there! 54 km to go... (just right beyond those hills...).
No Kiwi (New Zealand) road trips will be complete without photos of the sheep!
Arrival at Little River... which is a town, not a river. Here is where the scenic, flat journey ends and the scenic, hilly journey begins.
Somewhere along the journey after Little River and the top of the first hill.
The Little Scoot taking on the world! Watch out, World!
At the top of the second hill, just outside a nice cafe called the Hilltop Cafe. It has probably the most scenic view of the Akaroa harbour. It's a hazy day today.
Sorry, couldn't resist the sheep photos.
Finally, the little Vespa survived the journey and made it to Akaroa. Locals couldn't believe someone just rode into town on a 50cc scooter, it was quite funny to watch their faces :-) One of them looking at the scoot from afar thought I was riding a GT20
Everytime I visit Akaroa, I'll have fish and chips from this place. It's awesome! I was too busy eating to take pictures...
A picture of the harbour at sea level. I would take more photos if not for wanting to leave soon before the sun sets...
Back in Christchurch just before the sun sets completely. 1624 km (1009 miles) on the clock. Total of about 4 hours saddle time... yes, it's a butt-achingly slow ride.