Going to New Zealand

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  1. boyscout

    boyscout sittin' down

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    I'm going to be on the South Island of New Zealand from the 10th to the 22nd of January. :super As usual the trip is almost here and I have done almost no planning. Just going to bring camping gear and figure it out from there. Any suggestions on places to ride, things to do etc?
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  2. Baldy

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    Oh man. You've picked one of the magical places the good earth saves for the truly lucky.

    We did it two years ago during the New Zealand winter; we rode the island, bungy jumped in two places (I'll post a story about that tomorrow; you gotta do this!), went skiing, hiked in rain forests that get 5 meters of rain a year, went jet-boating. Cookstown is the Aspen of New Zealand, the sporting capital. You have to go there.

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  3. boyscout

    boyscout sittin' down

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    I guess I'm "Pulling a Porky". I'm renting an '01 1150GS. It's going to cost me more than my airfare over there. I hope it doesn't spoil me for my R100

    -BS
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  5. jcolombo

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    Chris and Erin Ratay spent quite a bit of time there and sounds like they found some great roads, etc.

    Check out their site: www.ultimatejourney.com

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    Hey thanks alot. looks like a great site. Just the type of information I was looking for.

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    Baldy Founder of ADV Administrator

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    <b>Hows <i>this</i> for adventure New Zealand-style? (Two years ago with my 19-year-old son Mark.)</b>

    <font size="+3">W</font>e were awakened early by the sound of torrential rain pounding the roof and windows. The rain forest on the southwest coast of New Zealand where we slept receives as much rain as any place on earth, nearly 5 metres per year. I laced up my running shoes to the sound of "you're CRAZY, <img src="http://www.software-solutions.co.nz/images/bush.jpg" width=300 height=300 border=0 hspace=10 vspace=10 align=right>dad. You're weird; a wacko. I'm going to spend the hour under my electric blanket LAUGHING the whole time you're out there. If you get lost, I'm not going looking until the rain stops, which may be never."

    It was the most beautiful run ever. Over footbridges, under thundering waterfalls, under a canopy of tropical trees, vines, and tall ferns, slipping, sliding, straining to see in the dim light caused by a black sky and dense growth. The only problem was the Blair Witch relocated here after the movie and was obviously messing with me. I ran just fast enough to escape.

    We drove into perhaps the most spectacular scenery in the world: white-capped peaks and glaciers towering over rain forests. Was it more beautiful than Switzerland? Hard to say.

    Neither of us had trouble with the winding roads and motion sickness. Lucky. Mark wolfed down a BLT, milkshake, and huge slab of banana <img src="http://www.dusk2dawn.co.nz/queenstown/mountain.jpg" width=200 height=200 border=0 hspace=10 vspace=10 align=left>cream pie at a charming little ski village. New Zealand bacon is thick, full of rubbery fat and quite rare. It feels as if you have chewing gum in your mouth and you wonder if you'll ever get the instinct to swallow. When I didn't eat the thick crust of my apricot pie, Mark asked why and I replied "shortening is not good for old men like me."

    "But it's good for me," he said, "because I'm skinny and need the weight." I tried to explain why not but had no success.

    As we approached Queens Town, the Aspen of New Zealand, it finally happened. We saw a sign that said "<b><i>AJ Hackett:</i></b> where bungy jumping began." Mark said "YEAH" and, surprise to me, I tightened up and thought "oh no..." Just walking across the famed bridge spanning the gorge, thinking about the jump, made my knees go weak. I could hardly bring myself to look. What? I've been skydiving! What's going on here? Surely I'll be okay. I ducked into the door marked gents for fear I'd wet my pants on the way down.

    Mark had no fear. I perched on a cliff overlooking this horrible site, trembling, trying to hold the video camera steady. Off he went, but he made a critical error. He went mainly feet-first and when he got to the end of his cord, it whipped him upside down like cracking a whip. On the rebounds he spun and <img src="http://www.nzvisitorsbureau.com/thingstodo/tours/67.jpg" width=175 height=239 border=0 hspace=10 vspace=10 align=right>whipped around and........lost his banana cream pie. The poor guy in the raft below Mark said that's the first time it happened to him.

    "We ave a eavy one ere, mate." They saw me walking towards the bridge for my turn and prepared the heavier cord. They were chatting to each other. "Yeh. Ee mie heet the watah."

    I had no idea I'd be such a boob, but looking at that platform, that
    gorge... I can't even describe. You get tied around your ankles and have to hop out to the edge... You have to jump off like a diver... Ohmygosh.

    "Yer next, Chrees. Listen to me, mate. Ewe wanna jump HAHD aweey from the breedge. Otherwise ewe may get a wee wet. By the time the cord grabs, yer head should be pointed mostly down, otherwise yeh get block eyes."

    Block eyes? Yikes.

    "Yer son went a bit crooked, did he?"

    "I dunno what you just said, but he spewed after a couple of rebounds."

    "Yeh. Chundah. Doesn't happen too often. Okay, Chrees, hop out on this platform. Think of the chat you'll 'ave ovah breakie tomorrah. Hang your toes a bit ovah the edge. Don't look down. Look at the horizon, and jump HAHD at it. On 3..."

    I quickly glance down at the river. "NO! I CAN'T!" I hop back and hug the breedge. Mark was filming me.

    "Yes you can. Only question is whether you really want to." The horror of jumping off that platform seemed too much. Why was skydiving so much easier? But the horror of becoming my boobish friend Phil Taylor was worse, so I hopped back out to the edge, hands cold, heart beating quickly.

    "On three. Look only at the horizon. Deep breath. Relax. You're not gonna die. One...."

    Block eyes?

    "Two.... Three!!"

    "AAAAIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOO HOOOO HOO!!!!!"

    No watah. No block eyes. COOOOLLLLL!!!! No more fear about jumping, ever.

    Turns out Mark wasn't filming. After my false start, he stopped the camera and spewed the rest of his lunch. When I got to him he said "I'm not jumping tonight. I'll watch you."

    When we bought our tickets, we took advantage of an irresistible special: for an extra $15 kiwi ($0.56 US per Kiwi), we could also jump The Ledge at night. It towers 400 metres over the lake, and off you go into the blackness. "Really freaks your mind, that one."

    No problem. After one experience, this will be cake. I'll get two jumps if Mark flakes.

    ...No problem until I laid eyes on it going up the gondola. Then I froze. 400 metres up; more than 1,200 feet above the lake. In the blackess. You must be joking.

    <img src="http://freespace.virgin.net/adrian.ball/bugy1.jpg" width=414 height=320 border=0 hspace=10 vspace=10 align=center>

    They tie your ankles and you hop to the edge of blackness with nothing to hold on to. It's just you and that platform jutting out from the cliff. Imagine hopping to the edge of Half Dome with your ankles tied together, standing with your toes extending over the edge with absolutely nothing to hold on to. How can you even keep your balance? How can you NOT look down when you have to place your toes at the edge of the platform? And you're asked to jump HAHD awey from the platfoahm on 5.

    "NO!! I CAN'T! I'M NOT GOING! I WANT TO GIVE MY TICKETS TO SOMEONE!" I hopped back away from the edge. But I thought of Phil so I hopped back.

    "AAAAIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    Never again. Not off the ledge.
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  8. Frank Warner

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    Some say your only here once, enjoy!

    I've pedaled a bicycle around the south isle of NZ Good place. :thumb
    From Queenstown take the dirt road over the range to Wanaka (sp?) goes past a very nice pub - one only hamock out the back - be first in!

    They get the rain we in OZ did not get, most of it falls on the wet west coast. Take your rain gear, or buy some there. I'd be using a pub or hotel on the west coast.

    The beer is good, so is the wine. The riding is better.

    Keep an eye on the parots, some have fun by 'playing' with your things. You go for a walk and look down on the car park, there is a group of parots doing "touch and go" accross the roof down the windsreen and off on the bonnet of a car - talons extended! They also like windscreen wiper rubbers, push bike tyres ... have not heard of motrocycle seats but that would be on.

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  9. boyscout

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    Frank-

    I did. You might want to check out this link.
    When I was there it rained everywhere. Rainiest 2 weeks since 1956. Rained more in 1 hour than the entire month the previous year. I saw huge trees floating down streams and had to ford more than a few flooded roads.

    Here Here :smile6

    I was actually a bit disappointed. I went looking for them and didn't see a single one. Maybe it was the rain.

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  10. Steve in NZ

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    nah NZ is a dump ya don't wanna go there. Shit roads, crap weather, locals are also unfriendly mongrels. Go to Ireland or anywhere but NZ
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  11. Steve in NZ

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    I know go to Oz failure

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  12. Steve in NZ

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    nah NZ is a dump ya don't wanna go there. Shit roads, crap weather, locals are also unfriendly mongrels. Go to Ireland or anywhere but NZ
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  13. Steve in NZ

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    yep those birds ya were talking about are called Kea's and can be found on the Te Anau - Milford Sound Road. mongrels will pull ya bike to bits. whats worse than the Keas isa bus load of Punters from the Mainland. Ya come back to ya bike and the Mongrels will be sitting on it. Here's a photo of an American fella posing with some of this Punters from the Mainland.
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  14. Steve in NZ

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  16. motu

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    Kia Ora Steve,I can't reply by email as I have a virus.

    Is that your Mum and Dad having a cuppa in the tearooms? Looks like you're a chip of the old block mate!:evil

    Yeah,we sure have great roads to ride here.I went down to Raglan yesterday,from Tuakau down the Nike road,just a little gravel at the Raglan end to keep me happy.A 300km round trip,and took another mm off my tyres.I don't think you can go more than half a kay without a corner,I get serious and push all the way.

    The right hander just out of Tuakau has to be the best corner in the country! It's posted at 65,but I go at 110 to 120km,drop off the seat, poke a knee out and it just goes on and on and on,180deg up hill.

    I only saw 3 bikes,just Harleys possing in Raglan.What a waste of good roads.I was pissed off to see the Strattford to Taumarunui road advertised on the xtra website as the"forgotten highway" Jeez,we got to keep the bloody tourists off our best riding roads!

    Cya out there mate!
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