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Old 12-02-2010, 03:10 PM   #1
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Touring the South Island of New Zealand...

Just booked a tour of the New Zealand with South Pacific Motorcycle Tours. I'll be riding a Honda VFR800 on a 3 day Route across the South Island.

This trip is from Christchurch to Queenstown via Mount Cook, then to Franz Josef Glacier on the West Coast, then back to Christchurch via the Arthur’s Pass, 770 miles.

It’s still a couple months off (3rd to the 5th of February), and I was wondering if anyone had could tell me what to expect from weather, to places to eat, things to see, to what it's like riding on the other side of the road...
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Old 12-02-2010, 06:54 PM   #2
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You really at the South Pole station? You will get a lot of good information on this site from riders that know, all I can add was my ride few years ago was wet and rather cold. Left side of the road is no problem. I was told while in USAF in England driving class for the first few day just recite in your head "think left" as you drive and it will help you stay where you belong. Worked for me. After a day or two you will have it down and can relax enjoy the views. But "think left"!! South Island is GREAT.
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Old 12-02-2010, 08:29 PM   #3
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Kia ora, Snowman427,
Have a look around the Regional Forum - New Zealand: I'm pretty sure there'll be some stuff that'll be helpful; posting a question there may bring a deluge of responses.

Otherwise, the rental company may be able to help with some of the questions. Weather can be exceedingly change-able, but in general February is warm and fine-ish to the east of the Main Divide (mid-to-late 20's, even in to the 30's - Celsius, that is), and warm and wet (very) on the West Coast.
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Old 12-03-2010, 06:39 AM   #4
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Just don't ever feed the kia's.
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Old 12-03-2010, 08:00 AM   #5
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Moved to the NZ forum. Ride reports / Day Trippin' is for posting your ride reports.
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Old 12-03-2010, 10:22 AM   #6
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Thanks for moving...

Yes I'm currently stationed at the South Pole. I'm the facilities designer here. They fly us in to Christchurch and give us a ticket back whenever we want to leave once we get off the ice. So this time I figured I’ll take a week and see what New Zealand looked like.


Ice Cube Laboratory (One of the projects I’m working on)

Blasting at the Ole Pole Site (This happened two days ago)

Back home in Colorado I ride 200 to 250 miles a day on a weekend on my Blackbird. Mostly canyons along the foot hills.
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Old 12-03-2010, 11:27 AM   #7
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Just don't ever feed the kia's.
Those little Korean cars don't eat much.
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Old 12-05-2010, 11:41 AM   #8
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Good advice above, one thing to note is that there is a huge density of things to see in the 770 miles of your route so if you can swing another couple of days with the bike & take a little more time you won't regret it. Have a look through our local ride reports index for inspiration.

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