TSS Earnslaw

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  1. Three Dawg

    Three Dawg Into Africa

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    Hi

    Anyone confirm that you can still put bikes on the TSS Earnslaw, and is there a size limit- ie 250s OK, 1200s too heavy.

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  2. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Yes no problem UNLESS the lake is too high or low then they can't load you with their make shift ramps.
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  3. Three Dawg

    Three Dawg Into Africa

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    Thanks!
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  4. Eddieb

    Eddieb Long timer

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    Took my 950 KTM on it, cool trip.

    Ring them the day before to check conditions are still favorable to get the bike on.
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  5. glitch_oz

    glitch_oz Long timer

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    Which could still be the case now. Couldn't get a ride late March as the levels were too low and ? Graeme?, the skipper, reckoned it'd stay like that for a few months.
    No size limit....as long as it can be manhandled into position on deck.
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  6. Three Dawg

    Three Dawg Into Africa

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    Well last time I was in Queenstown the whole of the centre had been flooded out, so hopefully this time we can find a pleasant balance and get on the boat.
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  7. Pomgolian

    Pomgolian n00b

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    I went over the lake in January with my DR650 from Te Anau the steamer or route is owned by a tour company realjourneys.co.nz who take bookings for the ferry based in the information centre, I asked on route to Milford sound and the lady didn't have a clue about taking motorcycles, she rang head office with no luck but said she would keep trying, on returning from Milford I had to stand a wait (badger her) while she checked. The boat does not cater to carry bikes and getting them on & off can be tricky manoeuvring the bikes, rekon you would struggle to get three big bikes on. Great track from Walter Peak station where the boat docks through to a conservation camp at Movara lakes couple of small river crossings.
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  8. dirtbikeslob

    dirtbikeslob Been here awhile

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    a couple of years ago,about 6 or 7 of us caught the Ernslaw across to Qtown.the lake was a little low,but the captain just slung that big concrete block they carry on the deck,out to starbrd to lean the ship away from the dock at the steamer warf to allow the bigger bikes with windsreens to clear the bulkhead,on the way up the ramp.:thumb
    i think the only reason they won't cart you bike across the lake,is if it's to low.
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  9. Mathias52

    Mathias52 Adventurer

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    We did it a couple of years ago, they could only take 3 bike due to where on the boat they put them and if the lake levels are too low they cant get the bikes on due to the ramp being too steep. I put a bmw 650gs with a tall screen on and it cleared by about 150mm, Contact Real Journeys in Queenstown, from memory it cost approx $55 for bike are rider.


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    The ramp in this pic is where they load the bikes on. Lake level was pretty good when we did the trip.
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