The Most EPIC New Zealand High Country Winter of Riding

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by RMOTO, Oct 16, 2018.

  1. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    Excellent! Man, those rocky valleys look murderously slow going.

    Who is responsible for the huts? Park service? Very cool.
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  2. RMOTO

    RMOTO Anticipating summer...

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    Hi RedDog

    You are right, there is some very slow going up some of those valleys, but the views at the end are absolutely worth it

    The huts we stay at are a mixture of private huts and DOC (Department of Conservation ) huts. Some good info on huts for New Zealand adventure riders can be found here: https://www.nzar.nz/accommodation/huts/

    Cheers ;)
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  3. Bonnie & Clyde

    Bonnie & Clyde Wishing I was riding RTW

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    yep that is pretty epic well done
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  4. RMOTO

    RMOTO Anticipating summer...

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    This next mission was an overnight trip up into the High Country with the main objective to GPS log and photograph the final section of the Wilberforce River headwaters. In the last few months all the other sections in the Wilberforce Valley area have been ridden and GPS logged however this section is hands-down the most challenging. The views up in the headwaters were absolutely worth the effort of wrestling the bikes over the large rocks and across deep rivers; this is simply an amazing place to be.

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    Gentle gravel roads to kick off the trip.

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    With snow melt underway, the rivers were higher than they had been over the last couple of months.

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  5. RMOTO

    RMOTO Anticipating summer...

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    The river crossings near the Unknown and Wilberforce junction were a bit of a challenge.

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    RMOTO Anticipating summer...

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    Once we were past the junction, some well formed 4X4 tracks made it an easy task to progress about 3 km up the valley.

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    Once the 4X4 tracks faded away, it was back to riding virgin riverbed or remnants of tracks that have been partly washed away from previous floods.

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  7. RMOTO

    RMOTO Anticipating summer...

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  8. slogger

    slogger Been here awhile

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    Damn!! The river crossings are making my feet cold! You guys are tough!
    Keep it up.
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  9. RMOTO

    RMOTO Anticipating summer...

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    As we progressed up the valley we reached the first of the rock screes. Fairly easy going at first.

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  10. RMOTO

    RMOTO Anticipating summer...

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    We then reached one of the most challenging screes. This scree was very wide with many large rocks and boulders loosely packed from recent floods.

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  12. RMOTO

    RMOTO Anticipating summer...

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    The further up we rode, the larger the rocks and the more challenging it became.

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    This river was almost a showstopper. We searched for quite some time to find a safe place to cross, even then it required three of us to ferry each bike across so we didn't get dragged downstream.
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    RMOTO Anticipating summer...

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    From this point we only had a short distance to go to reach the hut, but the rocks made it slow going

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    Finally we made it to the hut!

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    Later in the afternoon a group of 5 hikers arrived. Rather than pack into the hut like sardines, we decided to give them the hut and setup camp on the riverbed.

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    Firewood was scarce but we scrounged up enough for a nice warm fire.
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    Packing up the next morning and heading out.

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    To be fair it was easier heading down the valley than up the valley as we had already picked the best lines the day before. There were still some challenges to tackle however, this steep river bank with almost no run-up being one of them.

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    One of the last stops to look over the river as we picked our crossing spot before heading out of the valley.
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  16. WHYNOWTHEN

    WHYNOWTHEN where are the pedals?

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    I want to do that!!!!!!
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  17. pugsley

    pugsley Little Man

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    The Photos are brilliant !What sort of camera are you using if you don't mind me asking?
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  18. dgeezer

    dgeezer If you gonna be dumb, you better be tough.

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    The photos don't do it justice.
    It is absolutely wow breathtaking place.
    I've not been up these routes but have been to NZ three times.
    My first trip was in 2003 on an R80GS with a carb return spring that was so
    heavy that I taped a rope around throttle grip to get leverage. Later I would
    stay for three months and ride from Stewart Island to Reinga in the north.
    My avatar was taken high above Frenchmans cut. It is a beautiful place
    with beautiful people. Bucket list it.
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  19. btrrtlwtr

    btrrtlwtr Adventurer

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    stunning photographs , amazing you were able to successfully ride that terrain . even in warm conditions I would never even dream of attempting rides like that BRAVO thx for posting
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  20. BSTT

    BSTT Been here awhile

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    Man, that water crossings look cold!!:vardy:vardy
    That for sure wouldn't be mine.
    Outstanding what you are riding out there in the cold.:clap
    Thanks for taking the time to post it, fantastic pics.

    ciao Gero
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