Hanmer Springs to Greymouth Via Oxford & Arthurs Pass 5,238 kms

Feb 17, 2019

It’s been a spectacular day from start to finish and I’ll let the pictures tell the story.

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Weka Pass not far out of Hanmer Springs.


Coffee in Oxford.


Waimakariri River.


Looking back to where we’ve come from and still 60km from Arthurs Pass.


Castle Hill.


Pearson Lake.


First sight of snow since we landed.


A Viaduct we were about to ride over. The photo doesn’t show the 16% grade fall on it. Incredible!


Reid Falls over the road. There had been major subsidence and wash outs below this point which was to our advantage as there were traffic lights and 1-way traffic so we got to stop for pics. All kinds of awesome.

Last 2 nights’ accommodation:

Hanmer Inn Motel

16 Jacks Pass Road

Hanmer Springs NZ 7334


A lovely retreat to pull into at the end of a big day riding. The property offers serviced and self-contained suites along with awesomely friendly and helpful attention and service by the owners. The rooms are beautifully presented with functional and attractive furnishings and it would be impossible not to feel comfortable. Bed nice and comfortable. No air-conditioning but it is an Alpine area so not really needed. There is a fan available and heating options as well as electric blankets, and perhaps a small thing but windows and doors which close tightly. We chose this one from a couple of options because it was a reasonable price and in easy walking distance to the shops and many dining options and it is just that. Pretty level going also so not taxing. A guest laundry and free parking are on site. Unlimited Wi-Fi and a great speed as well. Yay! Would be somewhere we would return to.