Marlborough Adventure Rides

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by Kokopelli, Apr 26, 2014.

  1. young1

    young1 Long timer

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    Thanks Padmei, somewhere I will head next time I am in the Mainland :-)

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  2. zaTTaz

    zaTTaz LOUD NOISES.

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    Aww looks like I missed a good trip! :cry Good call on skipping the beach to make the most of that weather.
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  3. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    Mt Altimarloch? :ear
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  4. Te Hopo

    Te Hopo Nomad

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    Guess I need to get the maps out but I'm keen

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  5. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    A neighbour thinks that he may be able to arrange access. I don't know where exactly it is.
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  6. ztaj

    ztaj jatz

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    It's a public road so no permission required. Head towards Molesworth station and hang a right where the seal ends. Go through the left hand gate and follow your nose :D I may tag along if outsiders are allowed, and depending on work/ days off :deal
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  7. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    Off the Molesworth on the Western side right by a high fence.

    The only caution I would pass on is that it can be incredibly bleak up there & strong winds can throw you off the side. I would choose the calmest day you can. Also when I went up on the Nthn Dusty Butt the road was littered with big rocks. it was hard on my KLR. I would prob hesitate to take Schmidt up there for fear of sumping out on a rogue rock.
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  8. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    I see, if it's this rough it might not be a good idea after all. It's getting a bit close to winter. However, if a fine day came up, it might still be worth a try. I can always turn around if it gets too shitty.
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  9. innathyzit

    innathyzit AKA Woodman

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    Never been up there so am as keen as a keen thing. Weather,work etc permitting.
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  10. Te Hopo

    Te Hopo Nomad

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    I checked it out on the map this evening, looks like the first half is climbing along some steepish country with some switchbacks, and then follows the ridge west towards the peak.

    As you say Kokopelli, turning back is always an option.

    I'm keen as :evil
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  11. Pete-NZ

    Pete-NZ Long timer

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    Other than the wind... its no drama at all...
    If theres any wind down in the valley..it's going to be near gale force
    up the top...

    Yer can tell people how windy it can be up there... but they really
    don't have any idea till they have been up there on a windy day..

    ride on the side of the road closest to the wind... so yer got enough road
    to recover when yer blowen side ways..

    a couple pics from near the top...
    http://imageshack.com/a/img705/426/ssa41841.jpg
    http://imageshack.com/a/img638/962/ssa41842.jpg









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  12. Bucky78

    Bucky78 Adventurer

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    Thanks for the ride guys, sorry I could not stay for a drink (racing went well-I won the Ray Anderson memorial club champs for small bore class and was second in open 4stroke behind former world GP MX star Josh Coppins-yes he kicked my arse Ha Ha ). I had a great time and am keen as to do it again soon.Nice to meet you Padmei,thanks for the photos (I must do something about that L Plate !! :rofl).
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  13. Underground

    Underground unbefuckingbelievable

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    Hmm I havent been up there in a while, might join you.
    Choose a clear day the view is amazing.
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  14. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    Saturday is looking pretty good.
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  15. innathyzit

    innathyzit AKA Woodman

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    Should be all good for this if you are still keen. Will know for sure tomorrow, but am at 90%.
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  16. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    Yes, should be good to go. I have no idea if I can find it or how far it is from Blenheim.
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  17. Te Hopo

    Te Hopo Nomad

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    I'm in at this stage as well.

    10am at the Blenheim Rail Station?
    Fuel across the road and it's on the way through Blen.
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  18. Te Hopo

    Te Hopo Nomad

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    A check of the map shows it to be roughly 50-60km each way from Blenheim

    Turn off SH1 before Seddon heading up towards the Molesworth, go about 20km and turn off to the right heading up into the mountains.

    It's a pretty clearly marked road on the map so should be well signposted.
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  19. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    Good that you'll come as well. Taylor Pass should be open again.
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  20. Pete-NZ

    Pete-NZ Long timer

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    First gate on the right about 20/30 metres after the end of the seal.....
    It looks like a private drive.... He did have a illegal piss off sign on the gate .. Ignore it , it's legal access..
    just don't wined it up till yer well passed the house..







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