A 20-minute drive northwest from Timaru is Pleasant Point, an area known for its role in aviation history. Some months before the Wright brothers took flight in America, a local farmer nicknamed "Bamboo Dick" took bicycle wheels somewhere they'd never been before, launching New Zealand's first powered flight out in the fields a few miles outside town. The Richard Pearse Memorial, a reproduction of his plane, marks the spot where Pearse crashed into a hedge on March
31, 1903. To get here, take the Waitohi–Pleasant Point Road, then take a left on Opihi Terrace Road, and another left onto Main Waitohi Road. Back in the village is the popular Pleasant Point Museum & Railway and right next door to that you'll find Legends Café. This sunny spot is the original home of the South Island's best custard squares (try one!). You can also get a meal off the all-day menu, and it's a favorite stop for pedalling enthusiasts who have cycled out from Timaru, which explains all the lycra.
Main Waitohi Rd., Timaru, 7985, New Zealand