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Old 05-28-2007, 05:58 PM   #1
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Talking NZ Touring Pics by Shaggie - more pics

Hi folks

As i might have mentioned along the way, until Nov 06 I was the Tour Director for NZ operations of a US based motorcycle touring company.
I met some absolutely fabulous people whilst on tour and have now some lifelong friends amongst the guests.
My intention is to (one day) have my own tour business eventually providing bespoke tours from single days to multi-day trips.

Most of the guests where from the US with a few from the UK and one from Canada.

Anyways, I hope you like the pics - there may be even some ones from my normal weekend riding with the 'lads' too

Top of Takaka Hill, Nelson region, top of the South Island. Major sportbiker road with LOTS of twisty riding!
Me on the 1150r (my tour-supplied bike) and Tom Loftus on the RT - Tom as you may know is a 5 time veteran of the IBR and
paid me the biggest compliment after the'spirited ride' up the hill - "don't you EVER brake?"
- i nearly couldn't get my helmet back on, I was smiling so much!
(as an aside - Tom had me good on the return run up the other side of the hill - as i
had thought, he'd just been toying with me the first time 'round! )

Milford Sound road between Te Anau and the Homer Tunnel (pic to come), Fiordland, South Island

The Homer Tunnel - started in 1935, progress was pretty slow with pumps required
to remove 40,000 litres of water an hour (Fiordland gets massive rainfall - measured
in METRES a year not inches). Tunnel is single lane with a kink in the middle so you
can't see the other end - it's a bit freaky! The traffic lights only work in the summer -
high avalanche danger in the winter preclude cars froms queueing up.

Lindis Pass - McKenzie Country, South Island. This area is one of extremes, hot
in the summer (up to 110F) and cold in the winter (down to 5F in the winter)

Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson region, top of South island

Winter shot of The Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo,
McKenzie Country, South Island

Summit Road, Banks Peninsula, South Island overlooking Akaroa (our Sunday
morning coffee destination informally known as the Akaroa GP) - my Superhawk
and Jim's RT

Not many roadsigns like this anywhere else in the world!

Lake Wakatipu from the streets of Queenstown, South Island

Downhill from the Homer Tunnel towards Milford Sound

Dansey's Pass, Otago, South Island

Road to Glenorchy at the top of Lake Wakatipu - highly recommend the
Dart River Safari's jetboat trip up into LOTR filming territory - awesome!

And here's a panorama.....

More to see if anyone's interested - hope you enjoyed these!



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