Two young men left Cape Reinga on Thursday morning for a 3358 km bike ride to Bluff.
This is no casual road trip. It's a celebration and a fundraiser by two guys who are best mates, experienced cyclists, and idealists prepared to help out other people.
They are 24 year old Xaver Hausner from Bavaria in Germany and 23-year-old Oliver Macindoe, both students at Victoria University. The celebration is for the end of Xaver's time in New Zealand as a Rotary Ambassadorial scholar. The two met in Germany when Ollie spent six weeks there on a school visit.
The cause is polio. It's been unknown in New Zealand for many years, but is still found in just four countries in the world - India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.