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Sipping IPA in NZ


Ellisha Macoretta

Name: Ellisha
Instagram: @bnb_excellentadventures
Brew: IPA’s all day
Favourite snack: Trail mix
Outdoor activity: Cycling

Ellisha is an adventurous Canadian who is exploring New Zealand by bike, not letting warnings of difficulty stop her from ridin the trails she has dreamt of!

The Story.

At this point I had been travelling New Zealand by bike for 4 months, solo. I didn’t choose this journey, it honestly chose me. Life seemed to align perfectly that made this adventure a reality . I hadn’t planned to cycle initially, but it didn’t take much convincing before I realized it was going to be a wicked way to explore. 


I had the old ghost road trail on my radar before I even got to New Zealand. I heard nothing but glorious things about it ! So as soon as I got to the South Island I starting making plans to ride it. Completing the whole trail requires you to book huts in advance. The huts are fully equipped which allowed me to leave most of my gear and panniers at the start of the trail at the Lyell DOC campground. The status of the trail is advanced, which had me a little nervous considering I am not an advanced cyclist but I wasn’t going to let that stop me from getting on the trail. So I booked four huts along the trail to ensure that I could take my time and enjoy the sights and manage any potential challenges . If I were to ride this trail again I would definitely make sure I had a full suspension mountain bike instead of my no suspension touring bike ! However the Salsa Fargo still performed pretty damn well regardless! 


Everything! Even falling off my bike within the last 6 kms of the trail and tearing my knee open proved to be a pretty righteous experience. After I fell I was prepared to leave the bike behind and walk the rest of the trail. But I was approached by some fellow cyclists who convinced me to get back on the bike and ride it out. This was a pretty special moment for me. The technicalities of the trail were challenging and made me nervous at times but the epic landscapes provided a solid balance. This trail is actually the most magical trail I’ve ever ridden .

Ellisha Macoretta