A course suggestion for a future Kiwi Brevet; Start Picton, then Maungatapu, Nelson, St Arnaud. Then clockwise back to St Arnaud and down the Wairau, Renwick, (miss Blenheim) Port Underwood to Picton finish.
PS Through Rainbow via St James cycleway as "obligatory"....quite fun in that direction.
Blenheim has a couple of advantages over Picton: good bike shops for last minute prep; an airport; and some keen locals willing to help with logistics.
Sure, agree. I was thinking that if the route went Picton/ Maungatapu/ Nelson/ St Arnaud/ Rainbow/ St james / Hanmer, then most people would like to get to at least Nelson ( or further) the first day, and Picton would facilitate this, but so would starting earlier....