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Old 02-28-2012, 05:09 AM   #1
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Riding New Zealand( South Island)

During the recent Chinese New Year holidays my wife and i took some time off to explore New Zealand.
Due to my stupid work time constraints we had time to only ride the south island.
I'm posting some teasers here (53 pics worth) and the full write up is at the blog below.

- http://www.ninja650tourer.blogspot.c...so-me-and.html



Our 1st view of NZ

IMG_2558 by griffin146, on Flickr


My first time on a RT1200

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Leaving Christchurch

DSCN0010 by griffin146, on Flickr


At first we were curious about these giant hedges .Turns out they are actually pine trees cut to this shape.
Why.....cause its frickin windy in some places.

DSCN0078 by griffin146, on Flickr


Along the way we stopped here.

IMG_2574 by griffin146, on Flickr


Rakaia gorge

IMG_2576 by griffin146, on Flickr


IMG_2575 by griffin146, on Flickr


back on the road again

DSCN0045 by griffin146, on Flickr


Nice ....

DSCN0050 by griffin146, on Flickr


As it was our 1st day and straight off the plane we planned for a short 1st days ride.Stopped here at Geraldine.

IMG_2599 by griffin146, on Flickr


How else to end the day

IMG_2608 by griffin146, on Flickr


The next morning was wet...and cold 8.5 C

IMG_2611 by griffin146, on Flickr


But it cleared up after an hours riding


IMG_2613 by griffin146, on Flickr


Still cold though. Here its about 10C

IMG_2615 by griffin146, on Flickr


Finally the sun is out. And the views get great again. My wife is warming her hands on the heated grips

IMG_2620 by griffin146, on Flickr


Along the way suddenly ..Boom

IMG_2631 by griffin146, on Flickr


Memories ! Lake Tekapo.

IMG_2637 by griffin146, on Flickr


And the views ............

IMG_2647 by griffin146, on Flickr


IMG_2650 by griffin146, on Flickr


Finally reached Queenstown

IMG_2656 by griffin146, on Flickr


And met this guy. Awesome

IMG_2688 by griffin146, on Flickr


Some one should tell them ,this is summer

IMG_2704 by griffin146, on Flickr


Instead of riding as originally planned we flew to Milford Sound.

IMG_2723 by griffin146, on Flickr



IMG_2727 by griffin146, on Flickr


Beautiful.

IMG_2744 by griffin146, on Flickr


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Sitting on my balcony and freezing my nuts off. again ..its supposed to be summer ?? 8pm here

IMG_2826 by griffin146, on Flickr


9 pm

IMG_2828 by griffin146, on Flickr


10 pm

IMG_2830 by griffin146, on Flickr


Back on the road the next morning

DSCN0114 by griffin146, on Flickr


And what a road

DSCN0119 by griffin146, on Flickr


you want fries with those curves

DSCN0131 by griffin146, on Flickr


Lake Wanaka.

DSCN0169 by griffin146, on Flickr


Team Griffin

IMG_2840 by griffin146, on Flickr


We spent the night at Wanaka. Here its the view from our hotel restaurant . not too bad.

IMG_2843 by griffin146, on Flickr


Checked the town out ....

IMG_2851 by griffin146, on Flickr


ANd the next day its ride baby ride ..

DSCN0217 by griffin146, on Flickr


On the way to Mordor..

DSCN0337 by griffin146, on Flickr


DSCN0345 by griffin146, on Flickr



Awesome

IMG_2862 by griffin146, on Flickr


Our lodge at Franz Josef Glacier

IMG_2880 by griffin146, on Flickr


Thats the town. we're standing at one end and at the end of the road is the other end.

IMG_2892 by griffin146, on Flickr


Its our last day riding. Day 6

DSCN0376 by griffin146, on Flickr


This is a real primeval forest.

DSCN0396 by griffin146, on Flickr


The plains were nice

DSCN0484 by griffin146, on Flickr


pit stop here

IMG_2903 by griffin146, on Flickr


Another at a town along the way.

IMG_2909 by griffin146, on Flickr


Past Arther's pass. Frickin windy here .

DSCN0528 by griffin146, on Flickr


And back at our tour office.

IMG_2913 by griffin146, on Flickr


New Zealand has abundamt natural beauty , and the nicest people i've ever met.
Good times.
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Old 02-28-2012, 05:49 AM   #2
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wow great photos.

I'm glad you enjoyed my beautiful country,

Come back anytime!
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Old 02-28-2012, 08:04 AM   #3
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Beautiful ride! NZ's south island looks like riding paradise! Thanks for the glorious pics! If you get the chance to ride Cape Breton Island's Cabot Trail, parts of it look like riding nz's south island..

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Old 02-28-2012, 02:28 PM   #4
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Great ride & crisp pictures. I have been looking forward to a New Zealand RR and here it is.
Thanks for sharing.

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Old 02-29-2012, 01:01 AM   #5
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@maccoretti- i'll definately be back

@ GB - That pic you posted looks awesome. Riders paradise .

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Old 11-20-2013, 10:38 AM   #6
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Very great pics, I hope I can take similar by mysellf next year
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