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Old 12-09-2014, 01:46 AM   #1
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Southland ADV-Routes?

Aware of the Southland not being as spectacular and rugged/ diverse as the Alpine areas/ Sounds etc., but there surely musty be some ADV or half-decent gravel routes around

Looking for "some material" to fill about 3-4 leisurely days between "The Sounds" in the west.... the Catlins...and, say, Balclutha or thereabouts, in the east.
Been to the De Havilland Restoration place / Mandeville Airfield (absolutely EXCELLENT!!) a couple of times before....looking for something else this time around.
Any beach-riding in the Catlins?
Planning to return to Pounawea for a night, it's too cute to go past....and there's some unfinished business to attend to.

If you don't want to post it here...pls shoot a pm.
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Old 12-09-2014, 08:12 AM   #2
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Have you been through the Mavora lakes, basically Te Anau to Queenstown.
The last section requires getting on the vintage steamship, Earnslaw to ferry across the lake to queenstown from Mt. Nicholas station.
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Old 12-09-2014, 12:38 PM   #3
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Have you been over the Borland into the South Arm of Manapouri? Should be first stop on the way South from Te Anau if not.

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Old 12-09-2014, 01:23 PM   #4
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Have you been through the Mavora lakes, basically Te Anau to Queenstown.
The last section requires getting on the vintage steamship, Earnslaw to ferry across the lake to queenstown from Mt. Nicholas station.
Thanks for that one...had the pleasure in 2012, and water levels in the lake too low to load/ unload the bikes in '13....but will certainly give it another go this time around.

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Have you been over the Borland into the South Arm of Manapouri? Should be first stop on the way South from Te Anau if not.

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Never had a look at that one before... on the "wishlist" now, thanks.
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Old 12-12-2014, 02:20 AM   #5
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Nevis Road

Garston over Nevis to Bannockburn is another good 1 . Im at Te Anau if you want to look me up.
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Old 12-12-2014, 02:29 PM   #6
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Garston over Nevis to Bannockburn is another good 1 . Im at Te Anau if you want to look me up.

Thanks!
Yes, the Nevis is on the plans again (this time north-to-south) along the way south...(as is the Hawksburn/ Thomsons Gorge/Skippers/Manuherikia River and a dozen others.

Never having spent much time down south before though, I was hoping for some tracks/ routes in the Southland and Catlins areas.

Te Anau? Might give you a tingle before leaving Cromwell
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Old 12-12-2014, 08:52 PM   #7
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west branch

manuherikia last month, looking back towards the Omarama saddle.

[IMG]image by Rian2008, on Flickr[/IMG]

there was a shitload of water crossings, most of them thigh deep and fast flowing.

up on the saddle.

[IMG]image by Rian2008, on Flickr[/IMG]
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Thanks for the pics there....was rather looking at the (hopefully easier/shallower) East Branch.

We're on hire bikes which are also bog-stock, just the way they come out of the shop. And carry a $2500 excess
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Old 12-13-2014, 12:35 AM   #9
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Thanks for the pics there....was rather looking at the (hopefully easier/shallower) East Branch.
They will be shallower late Jan to early March "depending on rain"
were around axle deep on the DB1K last year...
Theres about 15 crossings some have quite big bolders in them..
Really worth doing.... one of those must do rides....




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Old 12-13-2014, 01:06 AM   #10
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Theres about 15 crossings some have quite big bolders in them..
Really worth doing.... one of those must do rides....

Which one...East or West Branch?
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Which one...East or West Branch?
East branch...... right branch coming the south....
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East branch...... right branch coming the south....
Tks...we'll see how it goes... not keen on busting stuff and paying $1000s just for a "been there, done that" tick in the box.
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Old 12-16-2014, 06:06 AM   #13
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west branch of the Manuhirakia river

i reckon there was about 25-30 decent water crossings on the west side, prolly not the go on a hire bike
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