The problem is that this story is starting out half way through, It is now Christmas Day and we have been in New Zealand for a week but I suppose that's OK as beginnings are always a bit tedious and as I'm no writer the beginning might be best left till last. So that's how we'll do it eh..... well sort of... I need to tell you a bit of what we are about.
Last Easter, Good Friday to be exact we took delivery of two F650GS twins, having spent the previous six months trying to figure out which bike would best suit our purpose of being a reasonably capable dirt travel bike while still having good road going capabilities, we'll leave the details for the beginning at the end shall we.
So after spending six months turning them into travel machines with a list of mods that is to say the least quite extensive in Late November we put them on a ship bound for Christchurch in the South Island of New Zealand for our 1st taste of bike travel.
We chose New Zealand because for a couple of Aussies with no experience of travel by any means NZ is a "soft target". We were told nearly everyone would understand us and that they would all take our money, so we would feel right at home.
Anyway enough of the intro that isn't an intro let's get to the pics.
We picked up the bikes, and after a bit of work rode them out to VTNZ to get them registered with a temporary registration.
And after a bit of mucking around
Rode through some nice scenery out to Akaroa for the day.
And then after some more mucking around.
We headed for Mount Sunday AKA "Edoras" from Lord of The Rings, home of King Theodan of Rohan.
First sight of Mountains... not bad.
After a while they became a bit common (mountains that is)
Until we came round a bend and there it was.. Mount Sunday in the middle of the valley.
The road was river gravel that gave some greif for two dirt nOObs but I am happy to report that neither of us had an off.