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Old 12-12-2012, 04:16 PM   #16
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You wont mind doing that road twice Around 2hrs travel each way IIRC but allow extra time for looking around.

About 2hrs sounds right..plus extra time for photos/ stops etc.
There's a great carpark about 8-10kshort of the tunnel, great spot to watch the sunrise paint the mountains pink.
Hollyford Valley is worth a snoop...and don't forget STRONG repellent, the sandflies are an absolute pest!
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Old 12-13-2012, 02:46 AM   #17
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About 2hrs sounds right..plus extra time for photos/ stops etc.
There's a great carpark about 8-10kshort of the tunnel, great spot to watch the sunrise paint the mountains pink.
Hollyford Valley is worth a snoop...and don't forget STRONG repellent, the sandflies are an absolute pest!
Good. Very good. Shall do all of those things .. except maybe ride it twice.

Got a nice itinerary in mind now. Never mind Christmas, I am counting down how many sleeps until we get there.
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Old 12-13-2012, 04:28 AM   #18
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except maybe ride it twice.
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OK, once then!!
In each direction.
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Old 12-14-2012, 02:10 AM   #19
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As above, you need to pre book with real journeys to take a bike on the Earnslaw, sometimes they can't do it, so ph them or call in at the office down by the dock to check it out.
It's not just cargo capacity that is the issue. When I did it in March, we were on the phone to them every day for a week, and also prior to that. They were finally able to take us on the last day possible for us, and it was a very close thing getting the bikes off at Queenstown. The problem is the lake water level: if it does not put the boat's deck near the level of the wharves, you can't get the bikes on and off because of the low roof.

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Old 12-16-2012, 09:34 AM   #20
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spacekadet, jondirt,

after visitng friends in Adelaide over Christmas and new year, I will rent a Yamaha 660 Tenere in Christchurch on January 6th and plan on looking at easier gravel roads (found some here and http://www.adventureguide.co.nz/ ). The Yamaha is much heavier than my G650 X Challenge, so more than a few water fords are probably not right with a rented bike. I will return the motorcycle on Friday 18th.

Is there a chance of joining you?

This is all short term planning, I know. But my girl-friend ditched me 2 weeks ago. She will be signing up for an organised trip. I will do what I have done many times in recent years: gravel traveling. But eventually not alone this time?

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Old 12-16-2012, 12:15 PM   #21
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Were you checking out your good looks there Colin?
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Old 12-16-2012, 02:23 PM   #22
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The first time we were down there the lake was too low, we suggested just craning the bikes on to the foredeck but they wouldn't have it on. The wee steam powered crane on the Earnslaw is a cool thing to see in action.

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Old 12-16-2012, 10:06 PM   #23
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:55 PM   #24
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Were you checking out your good looks there Colin?
Yeah, I saw this great lookin' fellah in the mirror, kinda looked like me, so I had to show John, and he reckoned the fellah looked like him!
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:57 PM   #25
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I wonder, with adventure bikes with good ground clearance and/or bash plate, if it would be easier without that ramp, just lifting them across the gap and up the step?

The maritime union might have fits though...
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Old 12-17-2012, 12:05 AM   #26
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The first time we were down there the lake was too low, we suggested just craning the bikes on to the foredeck but they wouldn't have it on. The wee steam powered crane on the Earnslaw is a cool thing to see in action.
That would be cool.

Had to use the Hiab for the 2000 Rakiura Sunset Rally (Stewart Island) because the RORO ferry sank a few weeks prior to the rally.

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Old 12-17-2012, 12:39 PM   #27
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Yeah, I saw this great lookin' fellah in the mirror, kinda looked like me, so I had to show John, and he reckoned the fellah looked like him!
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Old 12-17-2012, 03:34 PM   #28
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I'm heading across the ferry on Friday Jan 25th and off down south for Bike Week at Bannockburn (http://www.bikeweeknz.com/), heading back up and hoping to stay in Clarence River reserve on Saturday night Feb 2nd before crossing the ferry back to Wellington Feb 3rd.
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Old 12-17-2012, 04:41 PM   #29
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....hoping to stay in Calrance River reserve

Got me going with that , maps, google, the works.
Where is that Clarence River Reserve?
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Old 12-17-2012, 05:13 PM   #30
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Got me going with that , maps, google, the works.
Where is that Clarence River Reserve?
Clearly it must be in a rift in the space-time continuum if Eddie is going to the South Is 25 Jan, staying there 2 Jan & sailng back 3 Feb

Or inland from Kaikoura.

We are planning on going in & camping on the first open weekend of the season, 12-13 Jan on the way down to the dusty butt.

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