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Old 04-25-2010, 09:43 PM   #151
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RallyRat, make sure that you have very good waterproof gear and warm under-garments. The season has turned cool and wet after a very pleasant run of warm weather. The South and West are currently getting a solid soaking (up to 500mm a day) - enjoy! :)

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Old 04-27-2010, 09:13 PM   #152
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The locals were all commenting on the unusually nice spell of weather that I encountered - especially on the West Coast. If you are prepared for riding in the rain, you won't be disappointed (in the island) and I'm sure you'll have a great time.

If I had been warned to EXPECT wetter weather than usual or if I was planning a May trip, then I might also consider buying a simple waterproof camera (they are not too pricey these days) - My nice little Samsung got a water spot somewhere inside it while hanging round my neck riding from Te Anau to Queenstown through a steady downpour.

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Old 04-28-2010, 02:25 AM   #153
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we are now nearly in winter so temps will be down a bit and rain will be more frequent than slardi had.The SI can get COLD,esp for those used to warmer temps.make sure your bike or rental has heated grips ,they can make a real difference
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Old 03-11-2011, 10:33 PM   #154
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Terrible to see what happened to the city and people of Christchurch not much more than 12 months after my visit. It's not going to put me off at all however, and I hope to go back within the next couple of years.

On my trip:


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Old 03-20-2011, 07:37 PM   #155
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Hi Slarty, great ride report and pics!

SWMBO and myself just returned from a tour of the South Island over a very similar route. I'm starting to think of ways to make it happen again. A fabulous country with great people.

We left Christchurch two days before the big quake struck, boy were we lucky! Sure hope they can rebuild without any more disruption.

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Old 03-20-2011, 08:49 PM   #156
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Yup! Hasn't put me off wanting to go back either. Next time I think I'll try to see a bit of the N. Island too.
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Old 07-11-2011, 09:11 AM   #157
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Great Ride Report. Most enjoyable but now I'll have to add it to the "Bucket List". Gotta stop reading all these great RR's. The bucket can't hold anymore. Oh well I didn't need to see South America anyway.
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Old 10-12-2011, 01:17 AM   #158
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Do you have .gppx files of the routes you rode?
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Old 10-12-2011, 03:02 AM   #159
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Great report!
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Old 10-12-2011, 03:41 AM   #160
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Do you have .gppx files of the routes you rode?
I'm afraid I don't. However, there are so few major roads that you could almost certainly sit down with a map and work out almost exactly which roads I followed.

I set out having done a lot of on-line research to find places I might want to go and play with a few possible routes. I also created a load of favorites with particular landmarks I wanted to visit and hostels I might be able to stay at. Once I arrived, however, I was loosely planning each day the night before. As it worked out, the good weather allowed me to execute my plans most days but I left plenty of flexibility - It was a vacation after all.

I took a gps and downloaded some excellent free maps with POI data. However, navigation is not at all difficult so you could probably do just fine with a map in a tankbag and a highlighter. I picked up some really good free maps in the airport - There were MANY poor ones available though - I think the good ones were from the New Zealand Automobile Association. You could probably request some to be mailed to you for a small fee. You can't beat poring over a good map as a route-planning tool.
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