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Old 09-07-2014, 11:24 AM   #1
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Hi guys.

My girlfriend and I are coming over to New Zealand to visit her family on the North Island. We also have 9 days to tour the South Island. We're hiring a KLR and I have this route in mind

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&s..."></iframe><br />https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&s...6,2.469177&t=m" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">View Larger Map

I dont know where we'll be stopping to stay, apart from the Dansey's Pass Coach Inn and the cabina at Milford Sound.

What do you guys thing of the route. is there anything we should be doing differently?

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Old 09-07-2014, 11:25 AM   #2
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Here's a link incase that map isn't working.

http://goo.gl/maps/ADYD6


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Old 09-07-2014, 01:16 PM   #3
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Hi Mate, embedded map doesn't work but the link does.

Highway 1 south of Christchurch is about the only boring piece of road on the island, don't go that way. Take the inland scenic route #72, then highway 8, diversions available on Mackenzie pass, Black Forest track, Mt Cook... At Omarama you can head down highway 83 to Danseys pass. After that I'd go via Alexandra & the Dunstan trail back out to the coast.

Look into taking the back road to Walter Peak & the TSS Earnslaw across lake Wakatipu on your way to/from Milford.

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Old 09-07-2014, 04:10 PM   #4
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^^ What he said.

SH8 past the lakes is non negotiable ;) There are some thermal pools at Tekapo (good this time of year) or a hut that is really easy to get to (gravel road with a few puddles) above Lake Ohau:

http://tramper.co.nz/2130/monument-hut/
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Old 09-07-2014, 07:38 PM   #5
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Unless you have a particular desire or things to see along the coast from Oamaru to Christchurch then turn left at Duntroon and go to Kurow, at Kuro turn North across the bridge and do Hakataramea Valley Road/The Haka Pass

http://www.adventureridingnz.co.nz/g...ataramea-pass/

At the Northern end of that you come out near Lake Tekapo, home of the world famous Church of the Good Shepherd.




Then head through Fairlie and Geraldine to Christchurch.

As Clint said also look into the possibility of taking the bike on the TSS Earnslaw across Lake Wakatipu and then ride down the Von Road, which also brings you out closer to Te Anau.

http://www.adventureridingnz.co.nz/g...-the-von-road/
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