Need riding buddy for two week adv tour - NZ South Island, January

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by jondirt, Aug 21, 2012.

  1. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    Were you checking out your good looks there Colin?
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  2. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    The first time we were down there the lake was too low, we suggested just craning the bikes on to the foredeck but they wouldn't have it on. :lol3 The wee steam powered crane on the Earnslaw is a cool thing to see in action.

    Cheers
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  3. glitch_oz

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    Similar scenes :1drink


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  4. bikemoto

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    Yeah, I saw this great lookin' fellah in the mirror, kinda looked like me, so I had to show John, and he reckoned the fellah looked like him! :lol3
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  5. bikemoto

    bikemoto Tyre critic

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    I wonder, with adventure bikes with good ground clearance and/or bash plate, if it would be easier without that ramp, just lifting them across the gap and up the step?

    The maritime union might have fits though...
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  6. bikemoto

    bikemoto Tyre critic

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    That would be cool.

    Had to use the Hiab for the 2000 Rakiura Sunset Rally (Stewart Island) because the RORO ferry sank a few weeks prior to the rally.

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  7. Padmei

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    Brilliant:lol3
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  8. Eddieb

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    I'm heading across the ferry on Friday Jan 25th and off down south for Bike Week at Bannockburn (http://www.bikeweeknz.com/), heading back up and hoping to stay in Clarence River reserve on Saturday night Feb 2nd before crossing the ferry back to Wellington Feb 3rd.
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  9. glitch_oz

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    Got me going with that :D, maps, google, the works.
    Where is that Clarence River Reserve?
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  10. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    Clearly it must be in a rift in the space-time continuum if Eddie is going to the South Is 25 Jan, staying there 2 Jan & sailng back 3 Feb :norton:lol3

    Or inland from Kaikoura.

    We are planning on going in & camping on the first open weekend of the season, 12-13 Jan on the way down to the dusty butt.

    Cheers
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  11. Rosie!

    Rosie! Little MissAdventure

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    You misread... Eddie's going to the little-known Calrance reserve. It resides in a rift in the space-time continuum.
    The better-known Clarence reesrve is inland from Kaikoura.
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  12. Eddieb

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    I don't know what your all talking about..... :rofl

    To keep things on topic, here's my 950 on the TSS Earnslaw

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  13. glitch_oz

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    Thanks guys....glanced that much through Google.
    There's a heck of a lot of country "inland from Kaikoura"....reaching right across to the WestCoast.:huh

    I'll dig it up somewhere, sometime...
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  14. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    Here you go. Limited weekends Jan - Feb. Here's the PDF blurb. Spectacular in there. Here's my ride report from 2011 (just after the Chch earthquake).
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  15. glitch_oz

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    :freaky Thanking you muchly, sir!! :thumb


    Was hoping to be able to have a snoop on the next ride, but we're about 3 weeks too late.
    Just means another trip one of those years :clap

    Love your pics....this is beautiful !!
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  16. spacekadet

    spacekadet Been here awhile

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    Hi there Ulf,

    We'd be delighted to have your company for any parts of our trip that cross over. We are arriving Christchurch on 3 Jan and getting the bike on 4 Jan. Rough plan is to head south to Invercargill, then back up to Manapouri for lake cruise on 5 th. However if the distances are too long we'll just head straight to Manapouri. Must be in Queenstown 6 and 7th as we have accommodation booked there.

    At this stage the only "adv" type road I'm planning to do it is the one discussed above that involves the Earnslaw. PM me if any of this fits in with your plans.
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  17. spacekadet

    spacekadet Been here awhile

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    Just checking in to thank the riders who posted on this thread for great advice on South Island routes. The trip got a bit rushed in the end and I didn't have time to follow up on any offers, but would surely like to on a future trip,

    Ended up doing a clockwise circuit Christchurch - Dunedin - Invercargill - Te Anau - day trip to Milford - Queenstown via Mavora Lakes and TSS Earnslaw - day trip up to Greenstone on the other side of the lake - Arrowtown (?) and mountain pass to Haast - Fox Glacier - Authur's Pass back to Christchurch. Did a 1/2 day trip on the last day around Christchurch harbour and hinterland.

    Had the GS1200 for 8 days, total of just under 2,500 km. Amazing ride, did not want to give the bike back. Hard to say which was the best part - the West Coast was spoilt by 300 mm of rain in one day, blizzard winds and temps around 13 degrees C. We were sitting in front of an open fire on the same day as they had 43 degrees C in Sydney! I'd like to try that bit again with better weather.

    For me the best single location was the day ride up to Greenstone from Christchurch. Bit of everything, including dirt and creek crossings. Scenery looks like it was copied from a Swiss postcard. But Milford is amzing too, and the ride past Mavora Lakes to Mt Walter is fun, especially with the 100 year old TSS Earnslaw to complete the hop a across the Queenstown. All creek crossings were a little deeper than "advertised" due to wet weather. The deepest would have been on the way to Greenstone, probably just over my feet. Scariest was on the way to Haast - dirty brown water flooding the road, could not see how deep it was. Waited for a motorhome to go then followed - maybe only 150 mm deep but pretty fast flowing. That road was closed later that day.

    As noted by others, Arthur's Pass would put a smile on anybody's face.

    Our 8 days of riding was comfortable - you'd need 2 more to get all the way up to Nelson without rushing. But I could happily spend three weeks or more there.

    Also would like to thank the guys at NZ Motorcycle Tours & Rentals - the GS 1200 was "as new" and fitted with a good set of Anakees and bulky luggage. Everything just right.

    I'm a Tiger XC800 owner but no complaints about the GS1200. Lovely bike - great ergonomics and the gear ratios are more sensible than the Tiger :( Engine isn't as much fun though.

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    Nice day for ride? (on the way to Haast, West Coast)
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    Following the lake North from Queenstown
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