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Old 07-09-2014, 12:52 PM   #1
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South Island Trip planning advice

I am from the U.S. and trying to plan a 4 or 5 day bike ride in mid to lower South Island area, for this January. I have traveled by car from Nelson down the east coast through Christchurch, Dunedin back around to Queenstown. This time I was thinking a central loop from Christchurch, through Queenstown up west coast and back cutting through to Christchurch. I would have a wife riding double on Enduro bike and would prefer some back country roads for parts of the trip.
Thanks for any advice.
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Old 07-09-2014, 02:12 PM   #2
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I'll be watching this closely as I too am looking at something almost identical in April 2015. Looking forward to seeing what folks recommend.
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Old 07-09-2014, 03:06 PM   #3
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Hi TMAIN and rmcobb


The website RemoteMoto.com will be launching this month and should be just the ticket to plan your ride. The website houses information on the best routes throughout the South Island. Here is a sneak peek at the route map:


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Old 07-10-2014, 11:33 AM   #4
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Did something similar in late January this year- anti clockwise from Chch, Arthur's Pass, West Coast, Queenstown (where we put the bike on the Earnslaw to ride the Von road followed by the Nevis), then over to Tekapo and back. Had a great time! http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=965126
This website: http://www.adventureridingnz.co.nz/ was bloody useful- an earlier version of the one above?

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Old 07-10-2014, 01:34 PM   #5
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Did something similar in late January this year- anti clockwise from Chch, Arthur's Pass, West Coast, Queenstown (where we put the bike on the Earnslaw to ride the Von road followed by the Nevis), then over to Tekapo and back. Had a great time! http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=965126
This website: http://www.adventureridingnz.co.nz/ was bloody useful- an earlier version of the one above?
Absolute magic ride report and pics Three Dawg. The Earnslaw and out through Von Road/Mavora Lakes is certainly a great addition to a route that's for sure.

Glad to hear the website was useful and yes you are correct, the RemoteMoto is a replacement version of adventureguide.co.nz. Newer, better, gooderer!

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Old 07-13-2014, 01:56 PM   #6
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Thanks for the great info

Three Dawg,
That looks like an awesome trip and very similar to what I am planning.


What would you have done different?
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Old 07-13-2014, 02:33 PM   #7
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To be honest I was happy with every aspect of the trip and I can't really think of anything I would change given the short time we were able to spend in the South Island. The guys on the ground over there could probably tell you what I missed along the way, but unless you have unlimited time something always has to be dropped.
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Old 08-12-2014, 01:35 PM   #8
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I've got my air tickets, now just need to reserve a bike. Planning on 10 days on the South Island, November 5-15. I reserve the right to come back here and ask lots of stupid questions.
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*delurk*

I've got my air tickets, now just need to reserve a bike. Planning on 10 days on the South Island, November 5-15. I reserve the right to come back here and ask lots of stupid questions.
Great stuff vaara, hopefully the spring weather will be kind and give you plenty of blue sky days.

The RemoteMoto website mentioned above is up and running and should lend a hand with trip planning: www.remotemoto.com

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Great stuff vaara, hopefully the spring weather will be kind and give you plenty of blue sky days.

The RemoteMoto website mentioned above is up and running and should lend a hand with trip planning: www.remotemoto.com

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Yes, I've been checking it out... looks very useful! (Even though I'll probably have to stick to the tarmac, mostly.)

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Old 08-12-2014, 11:44 PM   #11
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I've got my air tickets, now just need to reserve a bike. Planning on 10 days on the South Island, November 5-15. I reserve the right to come back here and ask lots of stupid questions.
I'm up the top of the South Island in Picton, right near the Queen Charlotte drive which is a real nice scenic ride.

If you think your coming this way, feel free to PM me, I'm keen to meet for a ride and a drink.
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Old 08-13-2014, 03:01 PM   #12
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hey there TMain and rmcobb. Definitely make use of remotemoto.com - it really does have all the info you need. If you are heading down from Christchurch to Queenstown on an adv bike 2 up then I'd suggest McKenzie pass, hakataramea pass and danseys pass as a minimum. They are big bike friendly roads but still give you great scenery and a sense of remoteness.

check out three dawgs ride report, he seemed to go most of the places you wish to go, via the roads many of us locals would recommend.

If you are in Christchurch and looking for some day rides then feel free to PM me and I can give you a couple of ideas. And there's plenty of people on here with more adv riding experience than me who live locally that might be able to chip in with some recommendations too.

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Old 08-13-2014, 05:08 PM   #13
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Thanks for the info so far! I'm planning to rent a bike in Nelson. After that I may go to Takaka and be a hippy for a couple of days , then head down the West Coast (want to see at least one glacier, and ride to Milford Sound), then over to Oamaru and back up to the north end. That's about the extent of my trip planning so far.

I'm definitely not on the "adv" side of things, besides which I'll be on a rental bike, so although I can take the bike on unsealed roads, I may not necessarily seek them out.

I'm also not inclined to seek out those adrenaline sports that everyone does in Queenstown, but a zipline sounds like fun. Riding a motorcycle provides about all the adrenaline I need. :)

Accommodation-wise, I'll probably do a mix of backpackers, motels, and camping. A lot depends on the weather. Wondering if I should bring a tent from home (at the risk of extra baggage charges on my domestic flights within NZ), buy one there and ship it home, or rent one. Rental prices I've seen are $20 a day which works out to about the same as buying one.

I know there's a "tent space" list; what about a "tent list"?
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Old 08-13-2014, 10:23 PM   #14
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I can probably loan you a tent if that suits. I don't think I'll be needing it during your visit. It's reasonably small when packed up and doesn't leak, or it didn't last time I used it
Might even be able to rustle up a cooker too, if required
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Old 08-14-2014, 01:07 PM   #15
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Golden Bay is beautiful.
You get there over one of the best riding roads in NZ - Takaka Hill. There's some good road riding with great views.
If you are planning on staying over there you may want to check out accom at 'the Nook'. I t is run by Des Molloy a great character who did a Trans asia trip on a Panther.

The trip down the West coast is also fantastic. Stunning scenery & the Buller gorge is fantastic. I actually slow down thru there to make the most of it.

i'd actually say bugger taking the tent - hostels & B&Bs are plentiful - unless you want to camp that is...
I reckon you'll find some of the quirky sights you'll see on the backroads will just as memorable as the attractions in the big smoke of Queenstown.
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