RemoteMoto.com - The New Zealand Diaries

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  1. RMOTO

    RMOTO Doing secret stuff

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    So what’s all this about then? Well, way back in 2007 I launched a website called Adventure Guide where all the routes and trip info from adventure riding and fly fishing trips around New Zealand were put up for public use. 7 years later the site grew in size and gained popularity but because it was only a personal side-line project it was slow going adding content and the website functionality lacked advanced features.

    2014 changed all that however. After two years of full structure redesign and ten solid months of intensive programming the result is a fully redeveloped website boasting an arsenal of new features specifically for adventure riders. Sounds good huh? The name of this new website is RemoteMoto.com


    Aside from maintenance pit stops, 2014 sees me on the road the majority of the time GPS logging for the website. Chunks of time are spent in motels and other bases with internet so the routes, campsites, huts and other attractions can be added to the RemoteMoto website at rapid speed while also working on my main software development business. This thread will be a diary of my travels and the new routes that are added to RemoteMoto…
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  2. RMOTO

    RMOTO Doing secret stuff

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    As 2014 rolled around it brought the first official trip for logging new routes for the Remote Moto website. On this trip I was accompanied by a good mate, we managed to strike great weather and have a cracker trip...

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    After a blast up the tarmac from Karamea to Nelson, the first taste of off road was up through the Maungatapu

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    A crazy number of bees were interested in something along the shores of Maitai Dam

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    On this leg our local tour guide was Nordieboy, thanks mate!

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    After saying goodbye to Nordieboy it was off to Elaine Bay to camp up for the night

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    Eating tea on the beach and watching the sun fall away was a great way to wind up the first day
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  3. RMOTO

    RMOTO Doing secret stuff

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    Next day it was off to French Pass

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    Thumbs up if the scenery is freakin brilliant!

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    French Pass
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    Looking out over French Pass

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    After French Pass we had a looksee at Bulwer which had equally magic views

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    After being treated with lots of ocean vistas it was off to the Wangapeka Valley to camp for the night

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    The Wangapeka running low and clear

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    One of the many Blue Ducks up the valley

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    Next day it was snooping around side tracks as we made our way back to Karamea

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    After a number of side roads it was returning via a favourite track of mine, the New Creek to Denniston Track

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    The last crossing of the Mackley before eventually hitting tarmac and returning back to base and load the new content to the website...
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  5. RMOTO

    RMOTO Doing secret stuff

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    With a big trip planned down south it was an oil change, a new set of rubber hooves, a quick check over the bike and hit the road. This trip was a mixture of GPS logging new content for the RemoteMoto website, meeting up with Phil from Motorbikin to do a filming session for one of his New Zealand series DVDs and then catch up with some lads for a trip planned down in the deep south.

    Leg #1, Karamea to Christchurch, bring it on!
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    It was a cracker day to hit the road for a tarmac blast

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    Nearing St Arnaud the temperatures started to climb

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    Nearing Blenheim it was up around the 34 degrees mark

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    Heading out from Blenheim on SH1 the landscape soon switched to dry and barren

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    Not too far out of Ward a cool ocean breeze dropped the temps and made for a pleasant ride down the coastline

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    Lots of seals out and about sunbathing on the rocks

    So that was leg one, a simple but enjoyable tarmac blast down to Christchurch and a couple of days spent catching up with family and friends
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    Leg #2 - Christchurch to Omarama to High Country
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    This leg was a tarmac blast to Omarama, catch up with some family, then head South and sink my teeth into some remote country and fly fishing

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    Big beautiful lakes along the way

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    At this stage the tarmac was done and it was time hit the gravel roads and 4X4 tracks

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    Several river crossings stood between me and where I'd planned to camp up, some quite small while some fairly decent in size

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    This crossing, although looking quite tame, was pretty gnarly. Big boulders, deep pockets and fast water

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    After lots of sweating and bike wrestling I reached the destination to put the tent up... and what a place to do that, spectacular views!
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  7. RMOTO

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    Strapping on the fishing boots, yehaa!
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    The next day kicked off with a sold walk up a clear beautiful river with a healthy stock of cunning brown trout

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    They were wise and wary and it took a while to discover what they were feeding on. Once I'd figured that out, they started coming to the net =)

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    As the day was coming to an end it was fairly rewarding to wind up the day landing this golden beauty...

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    ...and setting it on its way again

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    Wild and wet weather
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    Overnight a front pushed almost a day early. The wind was insane almost the whole night and allowed for very little sleep. The rivers were up, quite a bit, and I was 5km up the valley so it didn't look promising to get out as I had two decent rivers to cross and meet up with Phil and the team for the DVD shoot

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    The wet weather brought out the sandflies in the thousands, needless to say it was a quick pack-up of camp and on the bike that morning!

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    As suspected the rivers further downstream were to deep and dangerous to cross. Waiting it out was the only option

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    Next morning
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    What a difference a day makes! Beautiful blue skies and low clear water allowing an easy exit of the valley

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    The same river as above but now running low and clear

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    The ride out was great. It was then off to grab a shower and a quick blast into Milford Sound


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    Dropping down from Homer Tunnel

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    The almost vertical bluffs blow me away each time I visit this place, dang New Zealand is awesome!

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  10. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    Nice shots mate! Keeping the location of the secret fishing spot quiet are we? :wink: It's a neat area, is there still an old hut up there? It was looking a bit rough last time I visited.

    Cheers
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  11. RMOTO

    RMOTO Doing secret stuff

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    Haha, in this case yes, but for good reason. One of the major drivers behind RemoteMoto is to showcase New Zealand for what most of us Kiwis consider a riding paradise. All the route access information will be available on the RemoteMoto website however in some cases when I mix flyfishing and riding together I'll intentionally not publicise specific locations if fish populations are low or are in a fragile spawning area where making the information publicly available could potentially lead to overfishing without the practice of catch and release resulting in adverse affects on fish populations.
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    After an overnight stay in a motel it was off to Gore to be a good son and take my mother out to lunch for her birthday

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    After a night in Gore it was north again and up to a hut and spend a couple of days chilling out and fishing. Things started out according to plan...

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    After a magic ride and nearing the destination, while doing a little shy of 100 clicks a sheep popped up from out of nowhere and headed straight for my front tyre. I managed to scrub off a lot of speed and veer to avoid it but not before a violent highside, some cartwheels from both me and the bike and the final thud of the bike landing on me. For a while I laid there conjuring up the energy from my sore body to lift the bike off me.

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    The smile was a result of the fact that this was a pretty hefty off and although I was in almighty pain, I could still wiggle my toes and fingers and nothing appeared broken. Wohoo!

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    Hang on, that ain't right
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    BillUA Las Vegas, NV

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    I like the way you roll brother!

    Hope to get to NZ for a motorcycle tour someday.
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    So it was off to seek mechanical and medical aid from relatives that lived nearby in Omarama. Thanks Paul and Linda!!

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    I had an A&E nurse check me out. My main concern was that I had planned to meet up with some lads in a few days for a ride and wanted to make sure I wouldn't do any damage if I rode. She assured me nothing was broken but there was soft tissue damage and serious bruising. I was advised that riding is not really recommended and that I should rest and recover instead. As lovely a lady as she was and not discrediting her medical knowledge, I had full plans to head off on the trip =) I did try and behave though and did my best to rest up and keep a pressure bandage on for the two days leading up to the trip.

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    With painkillers doing a great job of subduing the pain it was time to meet up with these lads and head off into the mountains for a couple of days of epic riding

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    The weather looked after us very well. At the altitudes we were going, if a strong southwest wind kicked up it would have been a bitter place to be, it was however brilliantly still, warm and just a few spectacular clouds to keep the temperature in check

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    One of the first things we did was go and check out an old plane crash. Later on we were told by a farmer that the plane crashed up on the hill, but because it kept on being reported as a new crash by other planes flying over, the military used explosives to blast the plane down the hill and out of sight. That's one way to do it!

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    Some of the wreckage in amongst the matagauri

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    A stop for a quick water bottle fill from a water trough pipe and of course, there's always time for a childish game right =)

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    Getting up to 1625 meters

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    The clouds were certainly something else

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    By one of our stop points there was a dead sheep, then...

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    ...moments later while Paul was riding he did his best impression of a dead sheep. He did well =)
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    Absolutely magic views!

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    Dropping down to the cool blue lake waters

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    This was an interesting section of road, it would have taken some serious time and effort to chisel it out from the rock face

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    After a cracker ride we had ourselves a great shearers quarters to spend the night
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    kiwipeet Uber Cyber Loafer

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    Wow!! Awesome photos. Will definitely be having a good scratch around this thread when I've got more time :)
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  18. RMOTO

    RMOTO Doing secret stuff

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    Cheers mate :thumb

    Thanks Peet, if you find a place that sells time let me know, there's never enough hours in the day!!
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    A cloudy start
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    The next day of riding started out with a thick cloud cover but this was short lived, as we neared the head of the valley it burnt off revealing a beauty of a day

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    Carl doing a crotch depth test

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    The river levels were about as high as we'd wanted for a safe crossing

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    Nearing the end of the valley track with only a few hundred metres to go we didn't venture any further as a group of fly fisherman were targeting some fish and we thought we'd leave them in peace

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    The numerous stream crossings made for a great ride back out the valley
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    We stopped off to check out some waterfalls. I hadn't planned to do any fishing on the way out but as Paul meandered down to the waters edge I spotted a good sized brown. He slowly back away so as not to spook it, I then got my fly gear out and served up a cicada pattern which was engulfed on the 3rd pass...

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    We stopped up at another small stream where I spotted another brown feeding away. I couldn't help myself and out came the fly gear again, this time it was the first cast that brought another beautiful brown to the net

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    Carl conserving front tyre tread

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    One last look out over the lake before we hit the tarmac

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