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Old 06-22-2013, 06:12 PM   #1
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New Zealand South Island in January

I spent January on NZ's South Island with riding buddy Chris Whitehead. A crash midway took me some recovery time, so I couldn't ride the full month on dirt. What I did manage was glorious.

I have a full trip report with hundreds of images, maps, blog etc at: http://www.advtrail.com/nz2013/

Here are some highlight photos.


Prepping all the gear.


Arriving at Milford Sound. No complaints about the scenery!


Waterlogged but enjoying the rainbow on my first camp night at Mavora Lake.


Did I mention it was raining?


Hitching a ride on the steamship TSS Earnslaw to cross Queenstown Lake.


Yay! The sun's out at last. photo by Chris Whitehead.


NZ local and ADV expert Chris Whitehead and I shared the road for a while. See his ride report here.


Air-drying our very wet gear.


Clay Cliffs near Omarama.


Chris admiring the Omarama sunset.


Fording a river at Omarama Saddle - photo by Chris Whitehead.


Fording a river at Omarama Saddle - photo by Chris Whitehead.


Omarama Saddle.


Omarama Saddle - photo by Chris Whitehead.


How not to park in the road -photo by Chris Whitehead.


Lunch break - photo by Chris Whitehead.


Back to town to stock up.


Ahuriri Track.


Chris demoing how to ride a loaded TE610 over quicksand.


Somehow Chris manages to squeeze cans of coke, a Kiwi bike magazine and all sort of goodies in his pack.


Our campsite at Monument Hut.


Sunset at the campsite.


Chris admiring Mount Cook.


Heading up towards Mt Cook - photo by Chris Whitehead.


Tasman Glacier.


Our tiny bikes on Ball track.


Jaime riding my bike one-handed uphill after it ran out of fuel (he asked to ). The Safari tank busted my fuel sensor.


Jackson Bay.


The pleasures of Advriding... My master link is broken and the tide is coming in fast.


My last day riding at Queenstown Lake.
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Old 06-22-2013, 10:15 PM   #2
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Spectacular Photography

It certainly seems like an amazing ride, thanks for taking the time to write up and post.

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Old 06-23-2013, 02:22 AM   #3
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I spent 7 days riding there in Feb 13. It's a special place alrite.
Thanks for the RR with awesome pics too
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Old 06-23-2013, 05:13 AM   #4
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Nice country....

You've got some great looking photos here to go along with this RR....
Thanks for taking the time.....

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Old 06-23-2013, 08:26 AM   #5
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NZ south island

Forget heaven....just keep me in NZ.
Nice people too, not all pumped up.
Thanks for the fotos.
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Old 06-23-2013, 11:08 AM   #6
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Forget heaven....just keep me in NZ.
Nice people too, not all pumped up.
Yes, everyone I met there was incredibly helpful and friendly. I stopped once at a mechanic's shop on the South coast when I noticed a bolt had shaken out. I asked the owner if I could buy a replacement bolt. He came over, sized the bolt, found a replacement, found a wrench, fitted it, and then when I asked how much he simply said "no worries, you're good to go" and went back to inside his shop. In NZ that kind of attitude appears to be the norm.
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