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Title: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: Three Dawg on March 09, 2014, 07:48:52 pm
After three amazing trips to southern Africa it was time for me and Mrs Three Dawg to catch up with the folks in New Zealand (for Mrs 3D is a Kiwi)  Was I going to go all that way and not get any biking in?  No chance!

We booked a Super Tenere from City Motorcycle Rentals in Christchurch, who were really helpful. We mapped out a loop of the southern part of the island, first heading over to the west coast via Arthur's Pass to Hokitika.  From there we planned to head south to Haast and Queenstown via Wanaka.  The next bit I was really excited by because we found out that it was possible to put the bike on the steamer The TSS Earnslaw which plies Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown to the Walter Peak sheep station (more a dude ranch/tourist trap these days I think).  We'd then ride the Von Road through the southland back country and the remote 4x4 only Nevis Road back to Queenstown.  From there we would loop back to Lake Tekapo and Christchurch via several more unmade passes in seven days.  

It's a hell of a long way from Inverness, Scotland, but after 5 flights (not consecutively, thank heavens) we were in Christchurch.  Before we picked up the bike we were taken on a tour of what's left of the city.  After the earthquake three years ago many of the buildings in the centre of town have had to be pulled down if they didn't fall down in the quake.  Things seem to be moving a bit slowly, but they're probably arguing down at City Hall, as they do.

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185 people died in the quake.  There is a temporary memorial made of chairs painted white on a vacant lot.  It's surprisingly affecting.

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The front of the existing cathedral fell off, so they have this rather elegant temporary one; the so-called Cardboard Cathedral.

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The following day, we picked up the bike.  I went for the Yam because it was cheaper than the GSs on offer (all of which I've ridden) and it turned out to be a really good ride.  The front fork is a bit stiff on rough ground, but I liked the 'twisted twin' 270 degree parallel twin motor.

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Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: Three Dawg on March 09, 2014, 08:56:44 pm
Soon enough we were heading over Arthur's Pass, a beautiful Alpine route.

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Strange extinct wire birds

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Civil engineering

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Stationary trains blocking the road

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All in all, a straightforward (if scenic) day with only
a few kilometers of dirt towards the end.  Mrs 3D at the office.  I can't be trusted to reply to emails happily for me. :biggrin:

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Hokitika has a fine 'black' beach (about 100 metres from our cabin) and enough driftwood to to braai an ox.  Whole.

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There were some charming buildings in town, but it seemed that there was only one restaurant open in the entire place. Dunno why, there were plenty of people about.

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Nice sunset.

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Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: Coxwain on March 09, 2014, 09:26:47 pm
Great ride report  :thumleft: Lookin forward to some more ....
Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: DikZol on March 09, 2014, 10:17:17 pm
Great seeing something different!
Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: MegaPix on March 09, 2014, 10:54:42 pm
 :sip:   :thumleft:
Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: Three Dawg on March 10, 2014, 12:06:03 am
Incredibly, the next day looked great weather wise.  Last time I came this way (24 years ago, heading north) I was on an XJ650 and the water on the road was up to the top of the crankcases.

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The Southern Alps form a barrier between the sea and the majority of the island to the east of them.  These rise up to something like 12000 feet.  Properly big mountains.

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In the hamlet of Hari Hari we came across a small shed with a life sized model of a biplane and pilot inside.  Unfortunately we couldn't get in, so the pic is through the window.

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The pilot was one Guy Menzies who, at the age of 21, became the first person to fly solo over the Tasman Sea from Australia to New Zealand.

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He went seriously off course and landed upside down in a field of flax.  He didn't live to see old age sadly, as he was killed in the second worl war.

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Next we went up to Franz Josef Glacier.  It's receding (aren't they all?) but is still impressive.

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The coastline continued to delight.

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We arrived eventually at our overnight stop at Haast Beach.  Cue Ry Cooder guitar noodling...

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Does that top go with those strides?  Haast Beach.  Crowded.

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One more day until the bike gets dirty.

Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: woody1 on March 10, 2014, 07:12:37 am
Thank's for sharing.
I have a friend in Twizel and it's on my bucket list to go there one day.
Glad to see you took a GOOD bike to do the trip.  :pot:

Give us an idea of cost to rent this bike please.

Thank's
Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: Three Dawg on March 10, 2014, 11:31:08 am
Glad you're enjoying it.  Twizel is in the middle of some lovely scenery and plenty of dualsport trails are nearby.  City Rentals http://www.citymotorcyclerentals.com/ (http://www.citymotorcyclerentals.com/) charged us NZ$200 per day which is a little less than I normally pay for a 1200GS in South Africa.  They have other bikes, but you'd need to check on the tyres, their Wee Stroms had road tyres fitted.

This site: http://www.adventureguide.co.nz/ (http://www.adventureguide.co.nz/) wil give you an idea of what's available, and stick with this RR cos I've got plenty of pic of the trails we rode.
Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: woody1 on March 10, 2014, 12:31:43 pm
Thanks will check them out.
Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: Three Dawg on March 10, 2014, 09:54:31 pm
From Haast Beach we continued south towards the tourist hotspot that is Queenstown.

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Going through the Haast Pass I was quite surprised to see a helicopter parked up.  They are doing loads of work here to repair the road after a major washout.  A young couple on their honeymoon got caught in the flood and their camper was washed into the gorge.  The found her, but he's still missing. :(

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The bush is almost primeval.

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Lake Hawea

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Mrs 3D rustling up something tasty in Lake Hawea township.  You'd never know it was the height of the tourist season.

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Lake Wanaka

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This could be the Highlands of Scotland.

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After Wanaka township you climb up over the Crown Range.  This is a great road.  Sealed now, last time it nearly shook the por old XJ to pieces.  Dunno what this was all about.

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At the top is the historic Cardrona Hotel and store

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Nice to see ale on handles.  Had a quick half of the hotel's own.

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Like being in an English pub, I felt right at home

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Where do people who own pubs get this stuff?

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When we came out we found this rather tasty Mustang about to leave.  Cool car.

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The road down from Cardrona.  Great fun to ride; those Heidenaus are surprisingly grippy.

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And so to Queenstown.  More Chinese tourists here than I've ever seen in my life, and I've been to Hong Kong about ten times.

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 Tomorrow the bike gets (a bit) dirty as I demonstrate that I can ride a large motorcycle through a small stream.

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Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: Three Dawg on March 11, 2014, 10:57:30 pm
Today we go off to Paradise.  Literally, not metaphorically.

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Paradise is beyond the township of Glenorchy which lies at the far end of Lake Wakatipu.  Gravel at last!  Mrs 3D is so happy she's making like a Japanese tourist...

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Last fuel at Glenorchy.

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Nothing at all challenging apart from a few small river crossings, but I'm happy about this because I havent ridden anything other than tarmac since my last trip to Southern Africa.  And I'm not very good at it anyway...

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We found a nice spot to plot up for lunch.

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Mrs 3D cooled her feet in the river

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At the far end of the road it turns out that Paradise is more of a notion than a place, although there is a car park where a long distance walking track starts or ends.  The information board showed one of the characters from the gold mining era, inevitable big white beard and all.

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The house belonging to the guy holding the stag's head is still there

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Gotta go back the way you came...

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...for a beer in Glenorchy.

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On the way back Mrs3D managed to grab a picture of the TSS Earnslaw, the steamer we hope to put the bike on tomorrow.  The water looks mad, but there had been a lot of stuff washed down into the lake from the mountains.

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That evening we were joined by Mrs3D's brother in law Andrew who was coming with a few mates on the Earnslaw as well.  Would there be room once 1200ccs of Yamaha were loaded???

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Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: Three Dawg on March 12, 2014, 11:01:08 pm
The next day was a bit murky to start with but dry.  We got down to the wharf early ready to load the bike on to the Earnslaw.  The Skipper told us once the bike was safely stowed below decks (as they say in nautical circles, ahem) to walk straight past the queue and get on board- just the way I like it.

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Whether or not you can get a bike on board depends on the level of the lake.  The ramp ain't very long, you see.  Today it was perfect.

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The rest of the lads (and one lass) turned up on their rented tiddlers.

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These were stuffed into the museum room in the bow of the ship.  To bad if you want to see inside. :biggrin:

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My bike was put with the cargo- a pile of supplies for the Walter Peak sheep station.

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Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: Three Dawg on March 13, 2014, 10:16:00 pm
After forty minutes steaming across the lake we arrived at the Walter Peak sheep station.  It's now a tourist attraction and we had to wait until they'd unloaded all the supplies for the restaurant.  

Map shows the first half day of the ride

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Didn't take long- we were ready to go...

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And the Earnslaw steamed away, as it has done for over one hundred years

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The road was in good condition and the going was easy

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Apart from the occasional rolling (trotting) roadblock

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The weather just got better and better

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The plan was to take a diversion up to the Mavora lakes.  Camping here run by the Department of Conservation for a small fee and long drop toilets.  Very civilised and not a scrap of rubbish anywhere.

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Mavora Lakes.  Not pants, but these are. :o

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The road continued along, nice and gentle through stunning scenery until we eventually rejoined the tarmac on the Queenstown to Te Anau road.  

We stopped for fuel (well the 7 litre tanked tiddlers did) and a bite.

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Dave, the owner of the smaller rental bikes, knows the area like the back of his hand.  Did we want to give the Nevis Road a go?  Reckon we could hack it on this great big lump?  Yeah, no worries.  Yee haar, off we go then.

Yeah, this should be fun! :ricky:

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Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: Fearless on March 14, 2014, 05:13:04 am
Very nice. Thanx for sharing.
Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: Coxwain on March 14, 2014, 07:11:31 am
This is something I have to do sometime in my life .....looks fantastic

Keep it coming...  :thumleft:
Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: pieman on March 14, 2014, 07:43:26 am
Awesome!!
Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: Oupa Foe-rie on March 14, 2014, 08:53:21 am
Absolute beautiful scenery and a very good RR ..............  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: THROTTLE JOCKEY on March 14, 2014, 09:08:31 am
More More More. Pleeeeezzzzzz.

Love that country.


How long were you there?
Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: BLK on March 14, 2014, 09:17:31 am
So beautiful,you have inspired me today and depressed me at the same time.


thks
Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: cocky on March 14, 2014, 09:28:53 am
Simply awesome RR, been great and riveting to read.
Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: Three Dawg on March 14, 2014, 10:06:25 am
Thanks for all the comments, glad you're enjoying it.  

Throttle Jockey:  We were over there for a little over a month- one of the benefits of being self employed I suppose.  Sounds flash but we have lots of family and friends over there so accommodation isn't a problem.  And it's a long way as I've mentioned.  

We rented the Super Ten for seven days.  If you wanted to see the top half of the south island you'd need at least ten days, ideally two weeks.  There are some great roads further north some of which are properly gnarly.

Anyway, I have some pretty decent pics from the next bit, should get them up this evening. :ricky:
Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: THROTTLE JOCKEY on March 14, 2014, 10:24:20 am
Thanks for all the comments, glad you're enjoying it.  

Throttle Jockey:  We were over there for a little over a month- one of the benefits of being self employed I suppose.  Sounds flash but we have lots of family and friends over there so accommodation isn't a problem.  And it's a long way as I've mentioned.  

We rented the Super Ten for seven days.  If you wanted to see the top half of the south island you'd need at least ten days, ideally two weeks.  There are some great roads further north some of which are properly gnarly.

Anyway, I have some pretty decent pics from the next bit, should get them up this evening. :ricky:

Thank you

I also thought a month is the ideal. Truely a beautiful country.


Cant wait to go back
Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: JC on March 14, 2014, 01:05:27 pm
Nice Three Dawg! definitely on the bucket list. Keep 'em coming
Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: Geotraveller on March 14, 2014, 02:45:42 pm
My Boet lives in Christchurch, been there 17 years now. Thanks for the memory push! I have visited there a number of times now and it never fails to impress. Stunningly beautiful country.
Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: Three Dawg on March 14, 2014, 04:32:23 pm
Yeah, there are a good few emigres from SA there.  I know one in Chch- has a couple of Laverdas and now an 1100GS.
Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: Three Dawg on March 14, 2014, 07:00:56 pm
Ya gotta love a road that looks like this on Bing.  The first part of the Nevis Road was pretty steep.  I think I read somewhere that it rises to 1300m above sea level.  OK, it's not the Sani, but it was a fun climb.

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The rest of the route looks like this.  The road comes out at the small township of Bannockburn and from there it's tarmac back to Queenstown.

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Along the way there were plenty of fords to cross

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One or two gnarlier bits

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This was gold mining country and some old mining buildings remain.  There is still at least one still working up here.  You can see the spoil heaps in the background which are now clearly used for recreational purposes by people with a lighter bike/more skill than me.

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We regrouped at this signpost before starting the long descent to Bannockburn.

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Fine view to Lake Wakatipu about 20 miles away

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What a belting day's riding.  Must say, the beer at the end of it was welcome. :biggrin:






Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: Three Dawg on March 15, 2014, 03:41:42 pm
Well so long Queenstown.  Always good to be there- maybe I'l go live there one day.
Our next stop is the historic coaching inn at Dansey's Pass.  The weather is great, it ain't too far so plenty of time to stop for photos.

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First up is the old gold mining settlement of Arrowtown.  Very popular with the tourists  (it's only a few miles from Queenstown) and has an eye on the Chinese market- see all the New Year Lanterns hanging up.  Kung hei fat choy mate, happy new year of the horse.

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After Arrowtown we rejoined the main road east through the Karawau gorge, passing the original bunjee jump along the way.  Not much of a pic, but betterthan the  people who drove past waving an SLR out of the window of their car, presumably photographing the same thing.

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The Gorge

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We took a coffee break at a winery that also had old gold mining connections- this huge pump was used to wash soil off the hill.

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This is apparently a 'tasting'bridge' (half full)

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For beer drinkers the Kiwis have 'tasting paddles'  seen modelled here by Mrs 3D. What a great idea!

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Hell of a way to travel...

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The famous giant fruit at Cromwell

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And on to Wedderburn.  Ry, is that you..?

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The old station is still there, but the railway tracks are long gone.  It's now a cycle track.  Good idea.

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At the bottom of Dansey's Pass is Naseby, a village out of time.

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The old garage was full of memorobilia

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At the foot of the pass the tarmac ran out and we climbed up to the inn.

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We were looked after by a very friendly Canadian.  Our waiter in the evening was from Estonia and I think the cook was from South America.  Apparently at least one New Zealander works there...
Dinner was quite fun because the waiter could speak about as much English as I can Estonian.  But we got there in the end, even if he did open the wrong (more expensive wine)

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They lit the fire for us.  Nice and cosy.

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And a dram or two to finish.  Some of it was local-ish

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Tomorrow Tekapo and lots more gravel!






Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: woody1 on March 15, 2014, 05:41:47 pm
really enjoying this report. Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: Coxwain on March 15, 2014, 06:23:12 pm
One thing that strikes me is how clean New Zealand is ...no sign of litter anywhere. Awesome pics ..Keep em coming  :thumleft:
Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: Three Dawg on March 15, 2014, 06:41:00 pm
Those Kiwis are very proud of the PureNZ thing.  Course there are only about 4 1/2 million of them in a country about the same size as the UK, but yeah, it is a clean and tidy place.
Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on March 15, 2014, 07:09:43 pm
Fantastic. Thank you for sharing. 
Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: Jag man on March 15, 2014, 07:28:42 pm
Very nice pics and thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: haasdas on March 15, 2014, 07:43:19 pm
This is great seeing the not-so-frequent-tourist pics :) Safe journey!
Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: Three Dawg on March 15, 2014, 09:28:21 pm
Another stoating day arrived for our ride over Danseys Pass and the Hakataramea pass to Lake Tekapo.  I can't get Google or Bing to draw the maps, but it's basically north.

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Danseys was a pleasant run.  Nothing too challenging which meant I could watch the scenery go by.

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Once down off the pass we found that the Kiwis had been decorating their fences again, this time with boots and shoes.

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Madness

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Lunch stop at Duntroon.  How come you can arrive in a tiny wee place like this and find an absolutely excellent place for brunch?  Marvellous.

The Flying Pig cafe.

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The rest of Duntroon was quaint, to say the least.  The old jail:

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The old blacksmith's shop

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No fuel, but still open

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After refuelling in Kurow- not a moment too soon- we headed off up to the Hakataramea pass.

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Don't think we saw another vehicle until we rejoined the main highway.   The sign at the top of the pass had taken a bit of a pounding...

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In the background you can see the southern alps.  

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Got to our cabin overlooking Lake Tekapo in good time.  Bloody marvellous spot to be.

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Yeah, a good day.  One more to go. :-(




Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: IRISH on March 16, 2014, 05:13:43 am
3D I have lived in the North Island for a year now and I brought my bike over with me. The trip you have done is on my immediate bucket list so your RR has been exceptionally inspiring. Thank you. Just sitting out the tail end of Cyclone Lusi at the moment and seeing these images makes me want to ride. The north island is also spectacular but there are 4 million people here so the roads are busier and less challenging. I have to make a special effort to stay on the road at times as you come around a corner and there is this stunning vista in front of you but the roads are narrow and usually there is a steep drop-off. Can't wait for some leave to experience the South.
Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: White Rhino on March 16, 2014, 05:42:44 am
Picture perfect - a Switzerland of sorts - very pretty - looks like you were lucky with the weather :thumleft:
Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: Three Dawg on March 16, 2014, 10:07:01 am
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3D I have lived in the North Island for a year now and I brought my bike over with me

Well there's plenty more than this- we didn't touch the north half of the south island- get on that ferry!  We also rode a bit in the north island with friends who own a couple of Ducatis (a Hypermotard and an 860GTS).  Went up to Keri Keri to see some friends and had a fantastic ride up the west side through Dargaville and the Kauri forests and back down down to Auckland through Mangawai (sp?)   The bevel was a lovely bike.
Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: woody1 on March 16, 2014, 10:20:02 am
What dates were you riding the South Island to get that 'PERFECT' weather ?
Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: BMWPE on March 16, 2014, 10:35:30 am
Fantastic report  :thumleft: :thumleft:

Thank you for sharing it
Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: J-dog on March 16, 2014, 11:25:09 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: Three Dawg on March 16, 2014, 01:47:14 pm
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What dates were you riding the South Island to get that 'PERFECT' weather ?

It was end of January first couple of days  of Feb.  I think February is the best time to visit because it's after the schools go back and the weather is generally very settled and temperatures are in the mid to high twenties, although in the South Island there are lots of mountainous areas as you have probably seen and this has the usual effect on the weather; the last time we were in Queenstown we went to Milford Sound and you go through a long tunnel (the Homer tunnel) - it was blazing sunshine at one end, snowing at the other :o

Mind you, just about anywhere is better at that time of year than the Scottish Highlands :biggrin:

Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: woody1 on March 16, 2014, 02:19:24 pm
 :imaposer: Thank's
Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: Three Dawg on March 16, 2014, 04:07:48 pm
OK, last day.  Had to get the bike back to Christchurch by about four in the afternoon so not much time to hang about taking photos.  Even so, found time to head over to Lake Pukaki for one last shot of Mount Cook and the Southern Alps.

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At Burkes Pass there was one more photo stop.  

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After that it was just a matter of covering ground to Chch, but we took the twistier 'inland tourist route'  It's always a relief when there are no awkward questions about new dents or scratches when you return a bike.  Finished the day off with a slap up curry and beer.  :biggrin:

I quite liked that big Yamaha- the engine has plenty of character (like my 1100GS) and it was certainly comfortable.  Pretty economical too- I was filling up around 350 to 380km IIRC.  One thing it did do was make up my mind about whether I was going for soft or hard bags for my own bike (we're hoping to take it down to Africa next year)- the flexibility and light weight of the Wolfman bag on the back was so much better than the Givi hard bags, which like all hard bags weighed a ton.  Soft bags every time, I reckon.

NZ is pretty expensive at the moment (when I first went there it was $3.40 to the UK pound, now it's 1.95 or so :o), but if you can take your camping gear then semi wild sites like the Mavora Lakes are cheap and beautiful places to camp.  Distances ain't huge, but that encourages stopping and taking pix, so no bad thing.

We did get a bit more biking in courtesy of some friends in Auckland with a quick trip up to Keri Keri on their Ducatis.  I really liked the 860, even if its footpegs were in a mad place.

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Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: Coxwain on March 16, 2014, 06:58:19 pm
Great ride report  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Thanks for sharing and if you are coming down Cape Town way, look me up ...there's always a bed and cold beer on tap at my place. 8)
Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: Three Dawg on March 16, 2014, 07:18:47 pm
Cheers!
Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: Rbacknz on April 16, 2014, 10:39:22 am
Three Dawg. I live in Kerikeri and have the small bike workshop that you called into nextdoor to the bakery/fruit shop. Am glad to see you had a great time here in NZ. If you are ever back here please call in. By the  way, who are your friends here in Keri? I may know them.
Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: Three Dawg on April 21, 2014, 11:13:26 pm
Hey Rbacknz.  Must admit, don't recall dropping in to any bike workshops, even old bevels can make a round trip sometimes :biggrin:  Must have been some other handsome bastard.  Friends are Miranda and Keith Paisley, have a lovely spot with views over to the inlet.

Really enjoyed the ride back to Auckland- that 860 really suited the road, and the weather was superb.  Happy days!
Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on April 22, 2014, 11:22:41 pm
Thanks for sharing, one of the most informative NZ RR's to date ... great inspiration for me this is.

 8)
Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: Dwerg on April 23, 2014, 07:01:46 am
Awesome, thanks for sharing  :thumleft:
Title: Re: New Zealand: A long way, but worth it.
Post by: EwaldSchmidt on May 15, 2014, 06:55:16 pm
Great post, I love the photos!