Our "king stage" over the Lindis Pass.
Since there is no campground between Wanaka and Omarama, we planned to drive about 120km in one day.
So we started in the morning in Wanaka and drove the first 40km to Tarras on a rather flat road.
After a lunch stop the first climb of about 300m to 450m over Cluden Hill followed. On this stretch we saw for the first time a typical merino sheep like from the advertisement. Further a beautiful and varied landscape began here. After the descent from Cluden Hill we climbed back up to 400m in the Lindis Valley and then within about 14km we reached the 970m Lindis Pass. The steady incline and the headwind slowed us down, so that we arrived at 18:15 after only 5h45 ride on the pass.
After that we went downhill for one hour to Omarama, which is located at 400m.
On this descent we reached an average speed of 34km/h during one hour.
We reached Omarama at 19:30, after 6h45 of tandem riding or more than 10h of travel. For this we were first provided with chocolate Easter eggs by the campground owner :-)
With this 121km long, fortunately low-traffic stage we have very likely driven our last big daily stage of our trip. To Lake Tekapo we will climb again on 700m, then it goes to Christchurch mostly downhill and soon again towards the airport :-(