Tiki-touring - day trips and pics in NZ

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Shaggie, Mar 27, 2014.

  1. Shaggie

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    Apologies for the non two-wheeled content..

    ShaggieSon turned 18 on Thursday so ShaggieWife and I surprised him with an early breakfast out and then on the way 'home' further surprised him with a roadtrip to Queenstown!

    (I like surprises....my family are long suffering....:fpalm)

    The route:

    [​IMG]Map by Shane Doig, on Flickr

    Morning tea in Geraldine and then a photo stop at the Lindis Pass saddle
    Elevation‎: ‎971 m (3,186 ft)

    South to the left, north to the right

    [​IMG]Lindis Pass Pano by Shane Doig, on Flickr

    Luckily, I'm still allowed selfies with The Heir

    [​IMG]Father n Son by Shane Doig, on Flickr

    There's an incredibly lifelike statue dedicated to ShaggieSon :dunno

    [​IMG]Lindis Pass Legend by Shane Doig, on Flickr

    The view from our hotel did NOT suck

    [​IMG]Hotel room view Frankton Arm Queenstown Golf Course by Shane Doig, on Flickr

    We mooched around town reaquainting ourselves with old favourites and new finds in the late afternoon early evening.

    Friday arrived and we decided to drive down to the little town of Kingston...home of the Kingston Flyer

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingston_Flyer

    I've seen this old lady of steam operating and it was a very cool thing indeed.

    (couple of pics shamelessly stolen from the interwebs:)

    [​IMG]kingstonflyer1 by Shane Doig, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Kingstonflyerontheturntable2 by Shane Doig, on Flickr

    [​IMG]kingstonflyer3 by Shane Doig, on Flickr

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    Kingston is still pretty tiny and sleepy especially compared to Queenstown (which for all its natural beauty, is a bit out of control tourism and property development wise) - there's a new subdivision with new homes going up but most houses are modest holiday homes - we liked it a lot.

    Called down to the original train station to see if the cafe was open but they weren't open yet according to the sign....took a couple of photos then the cafe owner came out n said " we're not open yet but i'm sure i could make you a coffee..."

    nice place n nice genuine folk! :raabia

    [​IMG]Kingston Station Cafe by Shane Doig, on Flickr

    The autumn colours are always spectacular here in this alpine region

    [​IMG]Kingston Colour 2 by Shane Doig, on Flickr

    Talking to the lady at the cafe, apparently new owners bought the train and tracks etc back in January and have plans to have it running by next summer but now laws and regulations have changed so they'll need all sorts of consents and sadly there are some people in the region " with very deep pockets who don't want it to run" :devildog which is just nuts to me, its definitely part of the region's (and NZ's) history. Seems to me the time is more 'right' now for the train to be uber successful with huge increases in tourism numbers and that income could mean restoration of the line and carriages, engines etc...fingers crossed, time will tell i guess.

    We drove down to see what have become of the wee station at the other end of the short 14 kilometre line.....it was in a bit of a sad state of repair

    [​IMG]Fairlight semisepia by Shane Doig, on Flickr

    There are still the tracks under that gravel in front of the platform...

    Some nice panorama's were to be had along Lake Wakatipu's edge

    [​IMG]Lake Wakitipu by Shane Doig, on Flickr

    [​IMG]View of Halfway Bay Lake Wakitipu by Shane Doig, on Flickr

    Lake Wakatapu is a beautiful spot :raabia

    From Wiki: Lake Wakatipu is an inland lake (finger lake) in the South Island of New Zealand. It is in the southwest corner of the Otago region, near its boundary with Southland. Lake Wakatipu comes from the original Māori word Whakatipu wai-māori. With a length of 80 kilometres (50 mi), it is New Zealand's longest lake, and, at 291 km2 (112 sq mi), its third largest. The lake is also very deep, its floor being below sea level, with a maximum depth of 380 metres (1,250 ft).

    The drive back through to Queenstown follows a section call the Devils Staircase - I've ridden this on two wheels many times inc way back when i ran mc tours here...

    [​IMG]Devils Staircase Lake Wakitipu by Shane Doig, on Flickr

    Dinner with a good friend and ex-colleague made for lots of laughs and tall tales - great fun.

    Saturday was THE BIG ONE - unbeknownst to ShaggieSon, we had arranged for a couple of 'fast laps' for him in a Ferrari 488GTB at the local (to Queenstown kind of - 40mins drive) track, Highlands. Its a lovely track!

    No videos (well i can't figure how to upload them is more correct) but here's the result

    [​IMG]Happy Grins 2 by Shane Doig, on Flickr

    ShaggieWife surprised me with a lap and I surprised HER with one ! Surprises all round! :clap

    Six hundred and sixty one horsepower makes for a memorable ride!! :wings

    On the way back to Q'Town, went exploring up a dirt road hoping for a way out past the Chard Farm Winery but got turned around by a locked gate - never mind took this nice picture anyway

    [​IMG]Kawerau Gorge by Shane Doig, on Flickr

    A slightly different route home

    [​IMG]Map2 by Shane Doig, on Flickr

    Took us past the hydro dams on the Waitaki and then through the farming town of Waimate...where we spotted something pretty cool

    [​IMG]Waimate Tower 1 by Shane Doig, on Flickr

    a bit closer

    [​IMG]Waimate Tower 2 by Shane Doig, on Flickr

    A bit closer still

    [​IMG]Waimate Tower 3 by Shane Doig, on Flickr

    I reckon this is pretty epic! :thumb

    [​IMG]Waimate Tower 4 by Shane Doig, on Flickr


    A fun 4 days away. :super

    Thanks for checking in!

    S
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    More great pics Shane. And, yes I love the pics of the tourist train. Hope it can be preserved.
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    Pics are, IMHO, simply outstanding and the icing on the trip report cake. Kudos!
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    A Tiki Tour down memory lane!

    Found this old photo of me and my first 'big' bike....

    Check out the:

    Reverse Doohan Arai :raabia , the Kushitani gloves :choppa, the HAIR! :lol3

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    I still have the helmet on display and the jacket still fits :clap

    S
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    Brisk but sunny winters day ride.

    Mssrs Oxford n Widder helped take the sting out.
    Most of the twisties were damp so I was sensible (mostly).
    Rego goes on 3 month hold on Thursday for winter (To save some $)

    [​IMG]1LakesEllesmere by Shane Doig, on Flickr

    Southern Alps in the background.

    [​IMG]2LakeForsyth with Swans by Shane Doig, on Flickr

    Does this make the VTR the Ugly Duckling? (Heck no!)

    [​IMG]3CooptownToHillTop by Shane Doig, on Flickr

    [​IMG]4Hilltop by Shane Doig, on Flickr

    Did a bit of off roading (:lol3) to gain new perspectives for my faithful readers...

    [​IMG]5BarrysToDuvauchelle by Shane Doig, on Flickr

    [​IMG]6BarrysToDuvauchelle by Shane Doig, on Flickr

    [​IMG]7BarrysToDuvauchelle by Shane Doig, on Flickr

    [​IMG]8DuvauchelleBoatsheds by Shane Doig, on Flickr

    [​IMG]9Akaroa by Shane Doig, on Flickr

    S
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    Shane; how bad does the weather get that you pause your registration for three months? We can't do that in Ontario. Pay for the whole year regardless. Used to be able to pause the insurance til good weather also but no longer. A year is a year and they don't care that you can't ride from late November to late April.
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    Hey Dave

    To be honest, nowhere near bad enough to warrant the ‘on hold’ just because of the weather.

    But because my job can keep me out of the country at least 2 weeks of every month (and often 3) and our motorcycle registrations are (to me at least, and others) pretty expensive, I can save dollars by taking a 3 month riding break.

    S
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    Just been catching up, excellent photos as usual. :thumb
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    Much appreciated Jim :wave

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    After the previous post regarding registrations....

    :nono

    I was a bad person....

    ShaggieWife was made redundant last Friday (after 15 years!) :( BUT accepted a position the same day starting next week! :clap and so had this week off to decompress!

    So we thought a ride on BoomShanka was just the ticket...(shhhh)

    So I took The Missus out on The Mistress........

    [​IMG]1LCC door view by Shane Doig, on Flickr

    The Saucy Minx stranded us for the first time in 20 years of ownership (my poor riding mishaps notwithstanding ), when the battery died (dealer suggests a plate collapse as it was instant and cataclysmic ie not a single flicker from any dash lights) at a set of traffic lights.

    [​IMG]2Stranded VTR by Shane Doig, on Flickr

    :cry
    [​IMG]3PPHI5896 by Shane Doig, on Flickr


    Still I wasn’t too upset, dealer rescued us (thanks Craig!) and it was only the bike’s SECOND battery in 20 years..... Factory quality Yuasa’s are the way to go!


    Picked up The Saucy Minx this am n had to go for a coffee ☕️ somewhere of course!


    Snuck up on the Esplanade (dirty looks from a couple of surfers ‍♂️) but I do have a “Show is your bikes at cafes” thread on Advrider that I need (nay, MUST) lead by example!

    [​IMG]4HLFU1068 by Shane Doig, on Flickr

    Okay coffee, GREAT brownie and view and staff! :thumb

    [​IMG]5WDOJ2918 by Shane Doig, on Flickr

    [​IMG]6IMG_E1859 by Shane Doig, on Flickr

    Some eye candy down the road from the cafe...

    [​IMG]7ETTQ2742Crop by Shane Doig, on Flickr

    [​IMG]8OVTJ6271 by Shane Doig, on Flickr

    and home for a wash as I hadnt cleaned her from the last outing (Bad again see?) :uhoh

    My Menzerna/Luxxio combo means the foam slides off so fast I had to do an extra foam run!

    [​IMG]9IMG_E1866 by Shane Doig, on Flickr

    S
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    1F40DF6A-893E-43FF-B00B-B8A779BD461D.jpeg Happy birthday ‘Murica to all my US friends !
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    Thanks, Shane!

    Getting pretty loud around my place right now......

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    So...snuck out (again) to show a rider, new to the area, around....

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    [​IMG]GORJ9251 by Shane Doig, on Flickr

    This Australian motoring icon kept us company....

    [​IMG]RAIF1770 by Shane Doig, on Flickr

    And yes sorry yet another pic of Lake Forsyth but it was just too pretty to ignore.....:dunno:augie:lol3

    [​IMG]KMRL5170 by Shane Doig, on Flickr
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    Not a twisty ride today but nice to get out...first ride in about a month, been crazy busy at work...

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    “Life’s good when there’s a pie in your hand”

    Love it :rofl
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    @PeteH1 forced (:lol3:photog) me to ride again today....

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    Well, you’re getting some autumn miles in Shane. Good on you. :thumb
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