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Offline Three Dawg

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Like Scotland? Try New Zealand!
« on: February 07, 2018, 17:18:36 PM »
Gonna take me a while to sort out the photos, but here's a couple as a taster from my recent trip with the GS to New Zealand.  Goood riding!

9300Km.



Took the tent.



The aptly amed Rainbow Road



Did about 27 of these in one day on the Nevis Road.  Neither of us fell...



What December should look like



Aye.



Bike is still in Auckland, should be back here in Inverness in early May...
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Re: Like Scotland? Try New Zealand
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2018, 21:55:45 PM »
Looks great Dawg


Be great to see some more pics when you get round to it .

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Re: Like Scotland? Try New Zealand
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2018, 23:09:44 PM »
A trip of a lifetime! Just a shame its not my lifetime! :)

Looking forward to seeing more of these photos a :)
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Re: Like Scotland? Try New Zealand
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2018, 11:20:59 AM »
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A trip of a lifetime! Just a shame its not my lifetime!

Ah, well now it may seem that I'm loaded, but I ain't - the bike is 21 years old after all, which is actually an advantage in some circumstances.  What I do have is plenty of friends and relatives over in NZ, because Mrs Three Dawg is a Kiwi, and our daugter lives in Australia.  Usually the expensive bit is getting the bike over there, but it needn't be. 8)

You need to be over there for at least three weeks for shipping to work (we had about 10 :)) because shipping needs to be less than rental.  We used a mob called New Zealand Motorcycle Adventures http://www.newzealandmotorcycleadventures.co.uk/ who organise everything including crating, the TIP (temporary import Permit), freight insurance, customs clearance, WOF (their MOT), ACC (a universal liability insurance for all NZ), registration (rego) and port fees.  They also sorted out delivery to a friend's place in the northern sububs of Auckland.  If you can't arrange this then there is storage available at a reasonable cost.  I had to buy third party insurance (about 65 quid) and delivery to Tilbury (and return at some stage) by van.  All in it was about two grand, or a little over two weeks rental of a 1200GS.

The downside is that the bike is away for months, and if you can't store it for free (massive thanx to Jo and Neal for helping out with that)  that cost has to be added in.

Off it goes in September.  It will never be this clean again.  NZ biosecurity is super tough, and any dirt will mean incurring a cleaning cost, and that is not cheap.





Crated up - the panniers and bag go in the tray on top.  It has to be spotless to get past NZ biosecurity checks.



And ready to be loaded into the container.

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Re: Like Scotland? Try New Zealand
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2018, 14:45:12 PM »
Not jealous at all!! :)

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Re: Like Scotland? Try New Zealand
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2018, 17:51:39 PM »
A few from the north island.

First bit of gravel we tackled was on the Eastern Cape from Opotiki to Gisborne.  This is known as the Motu Road and winds through thick bush.





From Gisborne we took the road north towards Lake Taupo past Lake Waikaremoana.  Absolutely beautiful.  Road doesn't look that challenging, but I think it had been recently graded so was covered in ball bearings, or so it seemed.  A firm hand on the throttle and gentle input to the steering did the trick.





Stopped for a bite to eat by the water's edge





One thing I was very keen to do was ride Ninety Mile Beach.  You're not supposed to take hire vehicles on to the beach which is why I haven't done it before.  We headed up via Russell in the beautiful Bay of Islands - it's the old colonial capital, now a quieter place to stay than Paihia over the water.



One the ferry to Paihia - always happy to be on a ferry. :D



The beach is firm and easy to ride on.  Normal road rules apply - just don't stray too close to the dunes unless you fancy digging.



Getting off the beach is another matter.  You ride 3 1/2 km up a stream.  Ordinarily not a problem as long as you don't plunge into a hole dug by a bogged tourist or have to avoid the charging 6x6 tour busses, but there has been little rain and about 500m of the stream was VERY dry and soft sand.  I binned it on the loose sand (naturally) and sweated cobs pushing the bike out.  The rest of it was a hoot though.

The beginning of the stream to leave the beach.  Mrs 3D bailed out and went in our friend's 4x4, sensible lass.



After the soft bit riding the stream



Then you pop out on to firm stuff! :D



A bit further up the road is Cape Reinga, the northern tip of the country.  The Maori believe this is where the spirits of the dead jump off on their way to the mythological lisland of Hawaiki.

Reminded me a bit of the Stephenson Lighthouses up this way.







Lastly, on another day, a bit further south I spotted this - check out the right hand sign!



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Re: Like Scotland? Try New Zealand!
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2018, 16:50:58 PM »
Heading down to the south island we were joined by good friends on a variety of bikes:  Neal and Jo on a very sensible wet head GS, Ron and Rachel on a slightly less sensible Multistrada and Neal's Brother Alan with his ol' lady Ann (ahem) on a Harley.  Alan and Ann would only be joining us for the road bits, as you would expect.

Sensible:



Nearly sensible (17" front wheel tho')



Not sensible, but in Alan's hands pretty good on tarmac



First up was the Molesworth Road fron just outside Blenheim to Hanmer Springs.  This goes through the biggest station in New Zealand and is not very demanding, but the scenery was pleasant and the traffic very sparse.





Looking back towards Hanmer the foillowing day



It was actually bloody cold in parts on the Molesworth.  As soon as we got to Hanmer we stopped for soup. 



The following day we were doing the Rainbow Road.  It's a must do road and is a little more challenging in places...







Looks easy...





Wasn't.



I have a big dent in my bash plate now ::)

Go back up?  On those tyres?  FFS!





Funny.  Yeah... ::)



At the end you need to pay a toll.  This is now $20 because of the increased costs of maintaining the private part of the road.



Having all fallen off on the Rainbow (no pix of Ron dropping the Duke unfortunately) we were all ready for a beer when we arrived in Murcheson, our overnight stop.
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Re: Like Scotland? Try New Zealand!
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2018, 17:03:12 PM »
Excellent words

Wonerful pictures
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Re: Like Scotland? Try New Zealand!
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2018, 21:46:03 PM »
Fantastic! :)
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Re: Like Scotland? Try New Zealand!
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2018, 09:51:37 AM »
Cheers chaps, glad you're enjoying it.

Quick transit stage now from Murcheson to Queenstown via Arthurs Pass and Lake Tekapo.

Two that should have gone in the last post - the guy manning the toll gate at the end of the Rainbow  ;D put us on to this 'swing bridge' over a gorge. 





Noticed a fork seal had gone just before we set out the next day.  A dish cloth and some cable ties stopped anything more running down the fork leg



River running through Arthurs Pass



These things (it's a Kea) will rip open a tank bag and scatter the contents in minutes.  No wonder they're endangered..



The riders: L-R  Ron, Rachel, Mrs 3D, Jo, Neal, Ann, some bloke, Alan.



On the way through Arthurs Pass we stopped for fuel.  Was quite surprised when a million quids worth of perfectly patinated Bentley 4 1/2 rolled in.  Probably the coolest car I've ever seen.  The owner (in oiled stained shirt) was happy to talk about it and show us round.



I'd love to post some photos of Lake Tekapo and Mount Cook (circa 12500 ft) but it slung it down for about 36 hours.  We did go up to the Hermitage hotel and dripped over the floor of their restaurant giggling like naughty kids.  Rachel was easy to track from her wet footprints...



From an earlier trip - Lake Pukaki and the Southern Alps.  Not visible this time unfortunately



Tekapo was an opportunity to do some washing.  All the facilities in campsites seem to have combination locks on the doors to keep out the 'free' campers.  These are not poverty stricken tenters but people in campervans.  Campervans are just as much of a pain in the arse over there as here in Scotland.  They should all be made to pay a tourist tax on each rental, cheap bastards. >:(

Ron and Rachel were 'glamping' so we hung up our smalls in their tent. ;)



Unfortunately this was the point where Ron and Rachel had to head back, and Alan and Ann on the Harley wanted to visit friends and family further south, so only four of us headed to Queenstown, or Little China as it has become  ::)  The view from the apartment was Remarkables (a wee joke there, ahem).  The Harley couldn't have managed most of what we had planned for the next four days...

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Re: Like Scotland? Try New Zealand!
« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2018, 10:54:06 AM »
Looks amazing, the country, the bikes, the adventure  :) 

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Re: Like Scotland? Try New Zealand!
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2018, 16:34:41 PM »
Fan-bloomin-tastic photo's.

As another has said, not jealous at all  ::)  ;)

Thanks for sharing

Steve T

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