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Old 08-16-2012, 01:19 AM   #16
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Well have a look at twowheeltouring.co.nz as we cover all the best kiwi tar-seal roads. Some of the roads up into the Marlborough Sounds are also very good, but slow with sharp one lane blind corners. But to kick back and relax and tour, it has to be said that from Hokitika to Haast is hard to beat.
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Old 08-16-2012, 01:30 AM   #17
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Porika, braeburn, maruia saddle


The road along to Poolburn dam
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Old 08-18-2012, 01:49 AM   #18
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then the Crown Range, then a burn up the 4x4 track to Macetown to cap it off. Adv bikes rock Cheers Clint
Would you be able to share the access point to this 4X4 track?
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Old 08-19-2012, 02:32 PM   #19
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Would you be able to share the access point to this 4X4 track?
Go up the river out the back of Arrowtown & follow your nose. If you call in at the Arrowtown museum first, there are numbered posts along the way & they have (or did have, it was a while back) a brochure which describes the history of the area & all the various goldmining escapades that went on at each point.

Not a track for a n00b on a big bike but not hell gnarly. Watch out for oncoming traffic & be aware there are a lot of river crossings, expect to get wet feet minimum. Great fun on a hot summers day.

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Old 08-19-2012, 05:35 PM   #20
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Go up the river out the back of Arrowtown & follow your nose. If you call in at the Arrowtown museum first, there are numbered posts along the way & they have (or did have, it was a while back) a brochure which describes the history of the area & all the various goldmining escapades that went on at each point.

Not a track for a n00b on a big bike but not hell gnarly. Watch out for oncoming traffic & be aware there are a lot of river crossings, expect to get wet feet minimum. Great fun on a hot summers day.

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Had a look at it on google earth...
Looks like a good ride....
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Old 08-19-2012, 11:35 PM   #21
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Thanks for that, looking on google earth it also looks like you can get over to Wanaka via dirt coming out on Motatapu Rd?
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Thanks for that, looking on google earth it also looks like you can get over to Wanaka via dirt coming out on Motatapu Rd?
Nope. There is a public walking & mountainbike track through there but no vehicle access.

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Old 10-13-2012, 04:52 PM   #23
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I'll add my sixpence worth

Tarred road has to be Hwy 6 from Nelson to Westport following the mighty Buller River, then down to Haast, provided it is not bloody raining!

Gravel, Skippers without a doubt, followed by the Black Forest track.

The only major gravel road I have not ridden is the Nevis Track. Have attempted it a couple of times, but weather, deep river crossings, and running out of time have stopped me. Hope to tick this box after the Burt Munroe festival in November.

This time I will spend a month in the South and 2 months in the North, hoping to explore all the back roads.
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Old 10-29-2012, 06:12 PM   #24
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The road along to Poolburn dam


Agreed!
Old Dunstan or from Millers Flat-Lake Onslow end?
The top can get bloody muddy though , never thought it'd be that spongy.

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Old 01-05-2013, 11:35 AM   #25
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Nice to see so many visitors enjoying my backyard, makes me appreciate what's on my doorstep.
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Old 10-07-2013, 11:34 PM   #26
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Which is the best ride in New Zealand's South Island? SH6 down the West Coast past the Glaciers or SH 94 the Te Anau to Milford Sound Road, or even the SH73 the Arthurs Pass road linking Greymouth with Christchurch?

Still hard to beat the above routes, maybe the Southern Scenic Route gives things a nudge.
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Old 10-09-2013, 01:50 AM   #27
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So many good choices! For a sealed road on a good day it would be hard to beat sh6 right up (or down) the West Coast. For gravel I would say the rainbow road, it's simply spectacular
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Old 10-09-2013, 10:05 AM   #28
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Still hard to beat the above routes, maybe the Southern Scenic Route gives things a nudge.

Yeah they are good motorcycle roads to ride, but they aint an Adventure
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:09 AM   #29
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For me, I have to choose the road I commute on every day, Picton to Havelock via the Queen Charlotte Drive.

I go round it at 7am and it's busy if I see 6 cars going the other way.
Of course on the way home each day is a different story, but I just cruise it slowly and enjoy the scenery in my back yard.



As for gravel roads, I love all the roads around the outer sounds, Keneperu, Titirangi, French Pass, Waterfall Bay and so on.

But my favorite for long riding is tiki touring around the Rainbow Road area, so many huts and other areas you can explore and the scenery is so rugged.
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