Visiting the South island

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  1. pdeanery

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    My brother lives in Christchurch and has a new Triumph Tiger 800 and i have planned a visit next month for a couple of weeks so we can do a little bonding, drinking/ wine tasting and touring.

    I rented a KLR 650 and i'm looking forward to seeing how this bike performs, I have a triuph 955 Tiger and a couple of sidecars, one of which is set up for off roading.

    Because of the short notice, my brother's schedule doesn't allow him to take the whole 2 weeks off and has had to split the trip into a 4 day ride and then a few one day rides.

    During the time when he is busy i will be free to ride off by myself, so i would be grateful if someone could recommend some one and two day rides from Christchurch.

    I am not a skilled off road rider , but gravel and un-improved roads would be ok i think..

    Thanks in advance for any help.

    Best regards. Peter
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  2. glitch_oz

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    Between Google-Maps and this, you'll find enough stuff for a week worth of rides from Christchurch....and that's before adding all the tar and gravel of the Banks Peninsula to the southeast of the city. Easy enough to have a little snoop there and stay near Akaroa or where ever.
    How many months you said, you're staying?? :D
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    If you like steam punk, there is a museum in Omaru I think.

    You HAVE to spend some days going across the island and spend time in the southern alps. Franz Josef and Fox glacier.
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  5. pdeanery

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    Thanks for the help and suggestions.

    For the 4 day trip i think we will be heading towards Queenstown (i want to jump off a bridge) and then on up to Westland and the glaciers, then probably back over Auther's Pass.

    The other 1 day trips will include Hanmer Springs i expect.

    Would it be reasonable to ride from Christchurch to Abel Tasman in 2 full days or is that just silly ??

    Thanks

    Peter
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  6. Padmei

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    Only be about 6 hours ride - maybe 6 1/2? Easily doable in one day.
    Our distances are very small compared to the states.
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  7. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    Unless he takes the Rainbow and get's stuck in a river, like I would.
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  8. pdeanery

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    What's the" rainbow " ? Road or trail ??

    Or perhaps a real one , in which case i'll expect a pot o gold.!!
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    Trail/road...
    About 120km long, from Hanmer to St Arnaud.
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  10. ztaj

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    Chch to Able Tasman....
    Day 1. Ride to Motueka via Hamner/Rainbow rd, you'll have a bit of time after that so take a fang over Takaka hill:D
    Day 2. Water taxi from Marahau to the Anchorage and walk back, takes about 3 1/2 hrs to walk and gives you a look at some scenery. Then ride back to Chch on the road, do Maruia saddle if you have time :D

    Your welcome. :evil
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  11. TransalperNZ

    TransalperNZ Been here awhile

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  12. I GS 1

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    If your time is short, the Rainbow or the Molesworth wouldn't be my first choices unless you like long uneventful dusty gravel roads (often with good views of the power pylons) IMHO. Banks Peninsula (Akaroa a must) could keep you busy for days with short day rides. I would also recommend a day ride up to Kaikoura doing the inland route at least one way and including Cheviot and the Leader Valley (a tar seal road). Problem with Christchurch as a base is (excluding Banks Peninsula) you have to do a bit on the boing flat plains befrore you get to anything interesting on a day ride. The ride out to Erewhon Station has some great scenery towards the end of the road (gravel/not jeep track) but take the "scenic route" from Darfield. Hope you enjoy your trip
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  13. TransalperNZ

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    Lees Valley and the Banks Peninsular would be several 'day rides' worth doing for sure.

    Maruia Saddle and Braeburn Track both quite nice off the (also quite nice) main road between Springs Junction and the north.
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  14. bikemoto

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    I beg to differ. Yep, the Molesworth is comparatively long, unchallenging and unchanging. The Rainbow isn't - it's much more dramatic, varied and technical, and as a link to further adv'ing up norf it's outstanding. Banks Peninsula, :scratch we rode most of what there is to ride in two very short half-days... after riding the Rainbow in the howling rain the day prior. Banks Peninsula is very pretty urban-fringe coastal rural, but is otherwise routine compared to the more wilderness-like Rainbow. Sorry to be blunt but that's my 2c. Take Europeans to Banks Peninsula and they are :D but take them to the Rainbow and they are :eek1. :lol3
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  15. pdeanery

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    So, I;m back from my trip about a month now and the whole experience is still sinking in..

    I rented a bike from City bike in Christchurch and what a great company they are. I promised i would give them some props when i got home , they were all they said they were, professional, personable and they provided me with a bike that did the job i asked of it..

    The KLR came with Givi bags and new tires and brakes. It had plenty of miles but was clean and straight.

    I was surprised how well the the KLR handled and had a great time on our first 1 day trip south to Akaroa and O'Cairns Bay. We had some first class fish and chips on the water front and an afternoon at the Giants House, an artist's garden of sculptures and mosaics.

    My brother and I packed the campng gear and headed out on a 4 day trip south and then west.

    Highlights were , the campsite sky at the base of Mt. Cook, Waitiri Creek Winery,the motor museum at Wanaka, a little shack at Jackson,s Point on the west coast that had the most delicious fried fish, a fantastic helicopter ride to the top of the glaciers from Franz Joseph, Arthur's Pass over the mountains which involved threading the needle past a truck that had jackknifed and all but blocked the road, Fat Freddyy,s Drop soundtrack ,The Sheffield Pie Shop and many more fantastic memories.

    Also there was a 2 day trip south to Oamaru where we visited the steampunk museum, some funny balls on the beach , and Fleurs Restaurant for another great fish experience, this time a bit more upscale.

    I can;t tell you how much of a good time i had..

    The roads were in great shape and pretty much deserted by California standards. Hospitality and smiles were abundant and i would go back in a heartbeat.

    Many thanks to the Kiwis.. Please don't spoil it.

    peter
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  16. bikemoto

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    You didn't happen to speak to a couple from L.A. about fine dining, did you?
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  17. pdeanery

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    You know,,! I;m not sure.

    It slipped my mind last night as i was typing, but we stopped for a 1st class lunch at the Whitestone Cafe a few miles north of Oamaru, the steamed green mussels with coconut broth,chilis and cilantro was great and my brother had the lamb's fry, something i love but wouldn't be able to sell in the US.

    Peter
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  18. Padmei

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    Hey you don't live near laurel canyon do you???
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  19. bikemoto

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    The couple I was touring with chatted with a fellow American traveler who recommended Fleur's and Whitestone (IIRC) as 'must do' dining experiences. Unfortunately we were staying at Burnside Homestead a ways out of town and had pre-booked dinner with them.
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  20. innathyzit

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    Wot? no lambs fry in America? Why not?
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