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Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by glitch_oz, Feb 22, 2018.

  1. glitch_oz

    glitch_oz Long timer

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    :-)
    Here are the first 5300+km then...6 segments of the South Island of mix+match routes with arbitrary "knots", where the multiple choice routes intersect/ cross-over.

    Some extra loops, scenic in+outs along the way, some key features not to be missed.
    It's a TOURING!! (as in low pace/ sight-seeing/ scenic stuff) route, no hardcore, no private roads, no permits to apply for.
    It's not a "dirt-newbie" route , though!

    The segments are NOT thought as overnight or fuel stops or whatever, but solely as "route-option crossovers". Make out of it whatever you want and travel at your own rhythm and pace.
    This is not a plug+play route telling you when + where to stop, sleep + eat etc.

    A general description here.

    I've removed the previous "sampler" post in the other thread.

    It's a work in progress.... but the SI is principally finished (with more "padding" to come later on).
    Relevant general info in this interlinking thread.



    North Island

    Segment 1. CAPE REINGA / AHIPARA *** SPECIAL ***
    Segment 2. AHIPARA TO WAIPU (3 options)
    Segment 3. WAIPU TO CLEVEDON
    Segment 4A-WESTERN Routes_Clevedon to Woodville (2 options + Extras)
    Segment 4B-EASTERN Routes_Clevedon to Woodville (2 options + Extras)
    Segment 5...(check-out-rides and pics March 2019)


    South Island...5334km


    Segment 1. PICTON-TO-HANMER/CULVERDEN
    Segment 2. HANMER/ CULVERDEN TO FAIRLIE
    Segment 3. FAIRLIE TO NASEBY
    Segment 4. NASEBY TO CROMWELL
    Segment 5. CROMWELL TO MANAPOURI
    Segment 6. MANAPOURI TO THE CATLINS (SOUTH COAST)





    As there's an ever-growing mountain of GPX-routes out there, there's no need for yet another one.
    This one is purely floating on pics to tear the heart strings, start the dreaming....and get the feet twitching.

    If nothing else, enjoy the pics :-)
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  2. glitch_oz

    glitch_oz Long timer

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    Part 2 Springfield-> Fairlie


    MAP: https://goo.gl/4dL3DT


    Springfield -> Lake Lyndon -> Harper River -> Lake Coleridge -> Mt. Hutt -> Erewhon Clydesdales -> Geraldine -> Guys Pass -> Spur Rd. -> Opihi River Crossing -> Fairlie



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    -> Erewhon Clydesdales


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    -> Geraldine -> Gays Pass

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    -> Spur Rd.

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    -> Opihi River Crossing / Seddons Rd.

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    -> Fairlie
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  3. glitch_oz

    glitch_oz Long timer

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    Another sampler






    OPTION 2: THE LONG WAY ACROSS


    Naseby -> MacReas Rd. -> Oceana Goldmine -> Ramrock Rd. -> Nenthorn / Middlemarch/ Rocklands Rd. -> Old Dunstan Rd. South and North parts -> Thomson Gorge Rd. -> Cromwell


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    MAP: https://goo.gl/6f1GrM


    [ NOTE: the old Dunstan Rd. is a seasonal road and usually closed from early June to 30. Sept.
    The stretch between Poolburn Reservoir and Linnburn Runs is notorious for being boggy and muddy after heavy rains/ through winter]



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    -> Ramrock Rd.


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    -> Nenthorn / Middlemarch


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  4. BygDaddee

    BygDaddee Where do I get a pie

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    Awesome :clap
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  5. glitch_oz

    glitch_oz Long timer

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    That's about the most appropriate word for NZ....ALL of it! :wings


    A North Island Sampler:




    *** PLEASE NOTE ***
    The North of the North Island in particular offers a great variety of beach runs, from short 1-5km sections to the Muriwai Beach, the 90-Mile Beach (which is rather 90km), the ~120km Ripiro Beach, East Beach and many more. Rental agencies DO NOT like their vehicles on beaches as damage can be great (salt/ corrosion), soft sand can bog the vehicle and expose it to the incoming tide etc. Read your rental agreement thoroughly...and understand it fully!!

    Common sense and respecting the surrounding environment goes a long way to make a beach-run an unforgettable experience though.




    Beach Routes around the Cape Reinga Peninsula:



    Green = 90Mile beach from Ahipara in the South to Scott Point in the North
    Orange = The Northern access of 90Mile is Te Paki Stream, a sandy "creek-road"
    Purple = East Beach / Kaimaumau Beach
    Red = Tokerau Beach (good, easy practice beach)


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    Main road and access roads to places, campsites and beaches:
    MAP, zoom for detail: https://goo.gl/JfkX4h



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    ************ THE REINGA LOOP ***********


    Route: AHIPARA -> 90MILE BEACH -> TE PAKI STREAM -> CAPE REINGA RETURN -> SPIRITS BAY -> RARAWA BEACH -> PUKENUI -> WAGENER HOMESTEAD/ HOUHORA HEADS-> KAIMAUMAU / EAST BEACH -> LAKE NGATU-> AHIPARA



    1) Suggested time-frame: 1.5-2 days

    2) Fuel and some basic supplies available at Waitiki Landing ~20km south of Cape Reinga on SH1
    Fuel also at the wharf at Pukenui (credit card needed)

    3) Tide tables (essential for beach riding)

    4) Suggested loop: clockwise from Ahipara. Make sure of tides being favourable!!! 90Mile Beach requires about 2 good hours of riding within a 4hour window
    (two hours either side of Dead-Low) Try to exit the beach by midday latest to have enough time to visit Cape Reinga, Spirits Bay and other nice spots down the Peninsula and make camp/ find accommodation.

    5) Going clockwise requires to exit via Te Paki Stream. Splashing through the shallow freshwater creek for about 3-4km washes the salt off the bikes.


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    -> TE PAKI STREAM (beach access track through creek, some of it is sometimes blown-over with sand from the dunes)



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  6. glitch_oz

    glitch_oz Long timer

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    Queenstown Shorts Sampler:




    ************ QUEENSTOWN SHORTS *************


    Just a few quick "extras" around Queenstown (apart from the usual tourist stuff).



    A) Ride along Lake Wakatipu to Glenorchie/ Kinloch/ Greenstone Station ~240km return

    MAP: https://goo.gl/6z1Jtk


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    B) Frankton Arm Tavern ~ 15km return opposite Frankton Motor Camp / Caravan Park/ Cabins etc.

    MAP: https://goo.gl/BrVqJA

    EXXXELLENT!! The place where the locals go....enuff said!!



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    C) Moke Lake/ Moke Creek/ Ben Lomond ~70km return (good campsite at top-end of lake)

    MAP: https://goo.gl/vns4uf



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    D) Wanaka/ Treble Cone Ski Station ~ 210km return

    MAP: https://goo.gl/zxG6XW


    The Crown Range Twisties, Cardona Pub, Wanaka and the incredible views from the Treble Cone Carpark......awesome day-trip with ~ 40km gravel




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  7. Phreaky Phil

    Phreaky Phil Long timer

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    Looking good :thumbup Had a quick peruse of the South Island routes. Spotted a couple of things. You've probably been there.
    Meyer pass is in your pics but not in the map route.
    The road from Skippers to the Branches is one of my favourite rides.
    At the top of Lake Wakatipu there are three good roads to explore. Routeburn / Kinloch road, Paradise / Glenorchy rd to Chinamans Bluff and the Rees Valley.

    Something to check out in the Rees Valley.
    Alien landing pad ?
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    A pic from 2013 on the Branches rd
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  8. glitch_oz

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    Thanks for the check out:thumb...Meyers = fixed now.
    The map didn't show it, the map-link below did.

    The Branches....Christ, forgot about that !! :doh

    Missed out on the top-of-the-lake tracks thus far....hopefully next time.
    There's sooo much stuff to go and see !!
    Impossible to cover it all in one attempt, too.


    And what the hell is that "gun-emplacement" thingy there? Seen stuff like that along the Maginot Line along the French seaboard...
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  9. Phreaky Phil

    Phreaky Phil Long timer

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    it's the Invinsible Mine Gold a Concentrator. I haven't been able to find out much about it though. It's the only one like it I've seen.

    Yea, almost impossible to see it all in one go. That's why I have keep going back, and back and back.......................
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  10. oldbeer

    oldbeer Grandadventurer

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    Fark!!!
    Amazing and wonderful.

    Don't know whether I'm happy or sad about all this. So much to look forward to but I suspect I'll always have the feeling that I haven't seen the best bits yet. I may have left my run on bikes in the South Islad a bit late! I'd better get cracking.

    So much work in all this Glitch, truly a great job you have done. Thank you.
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  11. glitch_oz

    glitch_oz Long timer

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    It sure seems weird...but there's lots of that sort of thing in them thar hills...



    Sounds like a good move...it's a truly magic place.
    Thanks for the words and while far more time-consuming than first thought, it's also a lot of fun and a bit of a trip down memory-lane. Letting the pics do the job there isn't much text to deal with for possible translations lateron.
    Only about halfway through at this stage, but getting there. :-)
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  12. Phreaky Phil

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    Hey Glitch, its a bit hard to tell from the map detail, on the section Fairly to Naesby, you are using Clarksfield rd back to Highway 82 to Kurow. Great little bit. Very hard to find from the highway 82 end as theres no signpost. Came in from the other end last trip and had a farmer wave us down, thought here we go !! but he just wanted to talk about motorbikes :thumb
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    :-) You know how to pick 'em :thumb
    Also came down Clarkesfield / Grassy Hills from the north and were a bit baffled as there were only a couple of feint tractor-tracks past that shed across the paddock and pointing straight at the hwy....
    Yes, hard to find when coming from Kurow or Ikawai/ Waimate
    There's an active map-link either above or below each displayed map bringing up exactly that map to zoom in and check detail/ play with.
    Gmaps shows that track along the western side of the shed, while it runs (usually) down the eastern side.

    Might take that out and and replace it with an easier version (still all gravel, from memory)
    Like https://goo.gl/mMK4J3
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  14. Phreaky Phil

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    It shows it on the map as a road, so long as what is there is the legal piece of road then it is a superb bit to leave in. It has a gravel base so should be all weather, well 3 season anyway !

    I think this is from the Elephant rd end.
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    Nearer the highway 82 end
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    That looks familiar...gotta dig through the pic folders of another ride to find something matching.
    (aren't the views sweet coming down from the plateau? drool).
    Yeah, the last couple of hundred meters in the flats could be pretty soft/ muddy through winter.
    No gates, no signs, AFAIK it's a legal roadway...but we didn't meet a farmer to check or talk bikes with :-)
    Bummer, really...that's the thing that makes a ride for me.
    Even if they send me packing.
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  17. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    Good work! I have added a link to this thread to the maps & resources section of the FAQ.

    Cheers
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    Thanks! :beer



    Next one done.
    Segment 3. WAIPU TO CLEVEDON

    2275km of the North Island so far.
    Looks like the whole project will bust the initially-guesstimated 10.000km total quite happily.


    Touring The Trans-NZ ADV Route _ North Island

    Segment 1. CAPE REINGA / AHIPARA *** SPECIAL ***
    Segment 2. AHIPARA TO WAIPU (3 options)
    Segment 3. WAIPU TO CLEVEDON
    Segment 4. Clevedon to Woodville **WESTERN ROUTES** (under construction)
    Segment 4. Clevedon to Woodville **EASTERN ROUTES** (under construction)
    Segment 5. ....


    Touring The Trans-NZ ADV Route _ South Island...5334km
    Segment 1. PICTON-TO-HANMER/CULVERDEN
    Segment 2. HANMER/ CULVERDEN TO FAIRLIE
    Segment 3. FAIRLIE TO NASEBY
    Segment 4. NASEBY TO CROMWELL
    Segment 5. CROMWELL TO MANAPOURI
    Segment 6. MANAPOURI TO THE CATLINS (SOUTH COAST)
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    Voltaire Titanium and Ceramic Hipster

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    Awesome pics. :clap
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    glitch_oz Long timer

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    Thank you, Sir! :-)
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