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Touring around New Zealand
« on: August 23, 2010, 08:11:59 pm »
So I recently returned from holiday in New Zealand and have not done a trip report yet. Things have been a bit crazy as I had recently relocated from Cape Town to Barberton. I have day 1 - 3 here and will try and update 2 days per day as I go along.

*you can click on the pics to enlarge

I packed my GPS to record the trip, but navigated by map as I didn't have the NZ garmaps.


Here we go,
Day 1 22/03/2010
I pack the bike and everything seems to fit fine. It's a good day for riding, not to hot not to cold.


The target for today is to get down to Lake Taupo via Rotorua.
nice dog...in Rotorua there are many activities, here you can climb in a ball and roll down a hill.


The roads are fantastic twisting through forests. Testing the self timer...


There is a bit of a rotten egg smell in Rotorua due to the volcanic activity there is alot of SO2(I think) gas.
Close to lake Taupo is Huka falls, not extreme, but alot of water flowing through there


I find a nice spot next to the Waikato river to camp and open a red wine I had bought in town. NZ known for it's quality white wines, I thought I'd give the budget red a go :)


Kayakers are like the cyclists of the river, they just needed to spoil my view for some reason.




Good rest through the night and not to cold at all. Tomorrow it's off to Wellington.


Day 2, Taupo to Wellington
Today I head off to Wellington. The day starts of nice for riding, but I soon find myself freezing cold to the point that I almost feel like turning back to Auckland. This cold patch was on a road called The Dessert rd. It certainly is no dessert in the sense that I know. They frequently get snow up there, so it does get cold. Crossing this road I got so soaked that my camera did not survive it. Luckily I had packed 2 camera's, but this does mean that I have only a few pics of day 2.

Nice day to start.




I find a nice camp outside Wellington and I am the only person there. This camp also has BBQ facilities so I grill a some meat for supper. Not to tasty, but nutritious.


It got a bit chilly later that evening, so I wrapped myself up in all my warm clothing...


During the day in Wellington I had also purchased my ferry ticket on Bluebridge. Tickets are $100 for bike and passenger. Ferry leaves tomorrow at 14:00.

Day 3 24/03/2010
Today is water crossing day from Wellington to Picton. I rather like Wellington Town centre as it reminds me a lot of Cape Town.

It seems I was not the only one crazy enough to brave the cold for a bike tour..

Unfortunately I did not meet those guys. The got there as I was boarding the ferry.

Bike strapped in the ferry


Yours truly Leaving Wellington


The water at open sea was really rough and it was absolutely freezing outside.


Shelter from the open sea was clear when we reached South Island


Picton is a really beautiful natural port town.


The ferry ride is about 3 hours and there are 2 companies that operate ferries. Blue Bridge and Interislander. On the ferry there is a bar, koisk and a big screen playing a movie.

What a great day on South Island. Much warmer than it was at Wellington and thank heavens the wind was gone.
 

I dont do much mileage today, as the ferry trip took quite a bit of time. I find a camp site for the night and parkdown.
Tonight I'm spoilt as this camp also has hot shower. The camp owner it seems feel sorry for me and gives me the left over scones from the kiosk.

South Island is so awesome. Glad I made the trip.
Tomorrow I head down the west coast to Goldsburough.
« Last Edit: August 24, 2010, 07:56:31 pm by Newguy »
 

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Re: Touring around New Zealand
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2010, 08:21:32 pm »
Very nice, looks like you enjoyed your holiday.
 

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Re: Touring around New Zealand
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2010, 08:41:47 pm »
Day 4 25/03/2010
I was freezing through the night and decide that it's time that I need to try and find a tent. Towns and shops aren't to close together on South Island and I know I'll have to look hard to find one.

Despite the cold night it's an real stunner of a day. Nice twisties to ride al over the northern part of South Island. I decide to go and explore up some of the peninsulas along the natural harbours.


The views are amazing and the mountain passes are tight and steep,


The bike is running like an absolute dream and life certainly cannot get any better. The road I have taken is called Archers road and runs up to a small village called Penzance.
 

Speed limits are low in NZ. Average speedlimit is about 50 and top is 100.
 



Goldsbourough is a extremely beautifull campsite. Cold water only unfortunately. There is still gold in the rivers here and a prospectors license can be bought for $25. Many people use prospecting to fund their travels around NZ. This bird (cant remember the name) kept on scratching around in my stuff and moving my shoes around.


Garage parking for the night


Great day's riding and I'm fairly tired. It gets cold again as the sun sets and I turn in early. Tomorrow promises to be spectacular as the Josef Franz and Fox glacier is on the cards.
« Last Edit: August 24, 2010, 07:11:00 pm by Newguy »
 

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Re: Touring around New Zealand
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2010, 09:46:04 pm »
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Re: Touring around New Zealand
« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2010, 09:15:34 am »
Great report so far and will follow with interest.

Just a pity the pics aren't nice and big, too time consuming to click on each pic to enlarge it.

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Re: Touring around New Zealand
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2010, 06:33:19 pm »
I'm in for this ride
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« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2010, 07:08:01 pm »
I'm in for this ride
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Re: Touring around New Zealand
« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2010, 07:09:16 pm »
Nice one Newguy. :thumleft: I spent 5 weeks travelling NZ in 2003, but unfortunately not on a bike . There are some lovely twisty roads around, which must be great on a bike. And there is amazingly beautiful scenery , and you can just about camp anywhere and be safe, there are no wild animals or criminals . Waking up to some gorgeous lake or river with the snowy mountain tops in the back -ground is unforgettable. I also liked Wellington the most . Keep it coming :biggrin:
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Re: Touring around New Zealand
« Reply #11 on: August 24, 2010, 07:49:29 pm »
Day 5

Cold night sleep and a bit wet today, but still good riding to be done. Heading down to Queenstown, one of the coolest towns in NZ
fuel stop in Hokitika,


The seas get quite rough on the west coast of south island. Clear from the debris on the beach


The rivers in NZ are big, clear and plenty of them. Drinking water is always nearby.


In the middle of nowhere I came across and old SA flag.


a Great place to visit on the west coast are the glaciers. There are 3 big ones as far as I know, The Fox, The Franz Josef and another one I can't remember. I visited 2 of them.
First along the route was the Franz Josef. There are some awesome walking routes to view.


and the view is spectacular


The Glacier


The second glacier is the Fox glacier. Located a bit further south.


I walked up to this one an broke a small piece off to eat. (dont eat yellow ice :)


started heading more towards queenstown and passed over a piece of river that is known as The Gates of Haast. Spectacular, the photo does not reflect the scale




I reach Wanaka and set up kamp for the night. Little bit of sun, perfect for drying my damp stuff.






 

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« Reply #14 on: August 25, 2010, 02:11:09 am »
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« Reply #15 on: August 25, 2010, 06:36:15 pm »
Looks bloody cold.
winter or summer?
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Re: Touring around New Zealand
« Reply #17 on: August 25, 2010, 09:15:38 pm »
You're one of the few people I know that looks better when wearing a balaclava.



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Nice report, very interesting.
Looks very well preserved.


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Re: Touring around New Zealand
« Reply #18 on: August 25, 2010, 09:46:50 pm »
Looks bloody cold.
winter or summer?

Autumn

You're one of the few people I know that looks better when wearing a balaclava.

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Re: Touring around New Zealand
« Reply #19 on: August 25, 2010, 09:52:57 pm »
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