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Breakfast and then a brief call in to the Harley Davidson shop and then the Indian shop before we headed to thInternational Antarctic Centre which was great and then a mad scramble from there to clean up bikes before shipping and get them to the transport yard. Now it’s review time and knocking our bags into shape to fit all the gear into head home tomorrow. It’s been an awesome trip!

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A hot dog stand outside the Indian bike shop. Free to customers but we contributed even though I was a customer last year (I bought my Indian leather gloves there). Was a bonus breakfast and a bit of fun. They have it every Friday apparently.

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The International Antarctic Centre and these are vehicles called Haggland’s which they use to travel around there and they’re very sturdy albeit a bit rough as we found out in a test drive which was fun.


The test track for the Haggland simulated lumpy ice, chasms, sea ice and swamp land. We had lap belts on but were glad there were grab straps because we needed them. This is half of a hill which simulated both a hill and a chasm. Very freaky. Oh and if you recognise the white archway in the distance the centre is in the Airport precinct.


And a swamp, they are also amphibious vehicles.


A husky, they are so friendly but no longer used in the Antarctica.


Flying to Antarctica simulation / information, well done. Loved all the simulations and videos.

Cleaning up the bikes before shipping.

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A sleep in was followed by a great day of discovery starting with coffee at Lyttleton Port then a ride to Diamond Harbour and onto Akaroa for lunch which was delicious as was Akaroa and then back from there on the Summit Road and the views throughout the day were spectacular from dry rugged hills and farmland to rocky crags, deep green forests and ocean and inlets in all directions, oh and did I say awesome riding?

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The tunnel entrance to Lyttleton.

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And a look across the Port which has a lot of logs built up given the Chinese manufacturing industry has somewhat stalled with virus issues.

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Heading to Diamond Bay.

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A view across from Diamond Bay to Lyttleton Port.

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Heading to Akaroa.

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The jetty at Akaroa.


The Akaroa War Memorial.

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Along the Esplanade.


A distant view to the Lighthouse.


Heading back to Christchurch.


Rugged Outcrops on the Summit Road.

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View back over the summit to the open ocean.

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A quirky Silo Motel in Little River. I've seen apartment buildings in large concrete silos but not something like this.

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A sleep in was followed by a quiet kick back day spending a bit of time on the hop on hop off tram touring around Christchurch as well as a wander about and after dinner at an Irish Pub last night we will head off to a Mexican restaurant tonight.


The Chalice Sculpture in the square last night, might get some more pics tonight, it was drizzling last night so we were focused on getting home.


The Christ Church Cathedral in disarray which will be repaired over many years for many millions of dollars.


The Old Council Buildings a long way from rebuilt.


Along the Avon River.

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Bridge of Remembrance.


A Car Park being held up by jacks! When they figure out how to repair that without it falling down the plan is to have it as a car park for the new Convention centre. By the way the Convention Center was supposed to be open in February this year (or so we were told this time last year) and they were taking bookings at that time so there has obviously been a hold up to the plans, not to mention this car park and a hotel down on the water yet to be refurbished.

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Boys Private School.


‘185 Empty Chairs’, was put here as a temporary memorial to all those who lost their lives in the 2011 Earthquake. Confronting to see all the different types and sizes. Apparently the citizens want to keep the memorial but the Council wants to move it on … we will see.


The Cardboard Cathedral, the Transitional Cathedral until the original is repaired.


And another view.


A walking street, one of many.


One of the Trams at Cathedral Junction right beside our hotel.

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 With rain and hail and all sorts of nastiness forecast for the weather today we were grateful that even though we saw very little of the mountains because they were wreathed in cloud we only experienced a small amount of rain and got in largely dry. The crappiest bit of the ride was a stretch of sloppy roadworks. Grrrr. The bikes and their owners didn’t like that! We spent some time browsing in the Three Creeks General Store & Trading Post in Burkes Pass and drove through much attractive farming land as well as some great glacial valleys and into and out of the Rakala Gorge at Mt Hutt. Truly Spectacular. A shame it was raining at the time or we would have had a lot more photos.

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The view from our room this morning before the cloud really started to roll over the mountains.

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And the cloud started to roll over the top of the mountains and started heading for the valley. Impressive.

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With varying layers of dark skies, the sun was in short supply.

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Quirky sights at Three Creeks.

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And again.

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And a morning coffee at Fairlie and this is the main street. A lovely tidy town.

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Lots of sheep country.

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Awesome glacial gouging leaves a clay cliff face.

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Dropping down into Rakala Gorge.

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And up the other side and that is another cliff face. Incredible.

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And our hotel until we leave now the Quest Christchurch Serviced apartments literally right on the hop on hop off tramline. Very convenient. Spacious room and parking underneath so good security.

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A lovely day for riding even if we did start off in the fog this morning, thankfully by the time we started heading to Mt Cook it started to lift and we were in the sun for the rest of the day. We decided to visit the University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory this afternoon also in case the weather was crappy in the morning and the lovely little Good Shepherd Church here in Lake Tekapo which was built as tribute to the early pioneers of the area.

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The first lookout spot to see Mt Cook above the fog and in our 5 trips to NZ this is the first time we have really seen it through fog or rain apart from a really really long distance view from Hokatika last year.

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Mt Cook as we rode.

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Getting a bit clearer.

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More rugged glacial mountains.

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Shearing shed at the foot of Mt Cook. Great admiration for the farmers up here!


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A view from the Mt Cook Café where we enjoyed a morning coffee.

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Heading back from up Hooker Valley … and yes it really is called that and no I didn’t see any.

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Awesome damage from the glacier as it moved downhill and gouged great sides off the mountains … not to mention the great rocks randomly dropped on the valley floor, Incredible!

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View back to Mt Cook as we came down. Wow!

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Leaving the lake with all the troops, including the car … even Norm's shoulder.

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And a view from it.

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View from the Church of the Good Shepherd.

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And the Church itself.

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And our hotel reception. Peppers Bluewater Resort where we also stayed last year. A very nice location with an awesome view.

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We had a big day and one of many and varied experiences and largely stayed dry despite a rotten forecast with a few exceptions, but we were rugged up, so it didn’t really matter. We started the day with a trip up and down the steepest street in the world (Baldwin Street Dunedin, Google it for the stats) then a wander around the beautiful building which is the Dunedin Railway Station (the most photographed building in New Zealand) then we headed for Port Chalmers (a fully working port) for a yummy breakfast before heading off through lovely undulating country, rugged country, high country mountains and plateaus, forests, rocky cliffs, sheep and cattle country and ended up in Hydro country. Incredible. The cameras were safely tucked away out of the wet for a lot of the trip.


Baldwin Street, the steepest street in the world, quite a ride.


And again.

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And again and yes it really is that steep.

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The Dunedin Railway Station said to be the most photographed building in New Zealand.

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A cute bus shelter at St Leonards on the way to Port Chalmers.

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Main Street (George Street Port Chalmers), we had breakfast just to the left.


And yes, that really is a fully functioning working port at the end of the street. Love it!

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The Lookout above Port Chalmers.


Port and street from the lookout.


The street view, the main street heads out to the right.

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Sheep country.

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A great stone wall along the road.

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Historic bridge on the way.


Alexandra from the lookout, we had a late lunch here.


The road coming down from the lookout. Very rocky country, I guess why it is ideal to put a hydro dam in.


The Clyde Hydro dam wall. Impressive.


Cromwell from the lookout. We walked around and had a coffee in the heritage precinct across the water before we left a few days ago.

Mmmm, not going to worry about a photo of our accommodation tonight. Couldn’t get into where we usually go.

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An enjoyable day was had visiting Larnach Castle then Olveston House, both vastly different and beautiful in their own ways.

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The Dunedin Railway Station said to be the most photographed building in New Zealand.

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Morning view across Otago Harbour on our way to Larnach.

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A beautiful stone wall on the way.

Sea Views on the way, it was a quirky but lovely ride.


Larnach Castle, first built without the verandas glassed in until the first winter and soon after that 16 tonne of glass was shipped from England to close them in.


Most photos inside were of intricate timber work so will concentrate on the garden outside here but this is an awesome staircase. Photos allowed inside without flash.


The garden outside what was the ballroom and is now the café. This one is called the Tapestry garden and changes colours and patterns with the seasons. The ballroom / café was a beautiful room with 3 fireplaces in it so nice and cosy today.


And again. There are many different themes in the gardens but all lovely in their own way


And a garden view again.


And again.


Olveston House from the front (no photographs allowed inside).


From the back.


A quirky little door.


The Greenhouse.


Parking instructions out front were very confusing but a parking inspector turned up  before we left so we could clarify just where we could park … which wasn’t where we were so managed to squeeze the bikes in here. The car had to go a lot further. No tickets so a good outcome.

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Started off cool but overall was a good day for travelling through the awesome undulating sheep and forest country and along some picturesque beaches heading for Curio Bay and in sight of others. We passed through a collection of little towns along the way and lunched at Owaka in a lovely little café with lots of sawmilling memorabilia. Apparently there were 5 sawmills in the town until the rail line closed in 1971 and the town is obviously struggling which is a shame. Happy to report I wasn’t’ bitten by a bumble there today! Lanning our exploring for tomorrow now.

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We start to head for Curio Bay.

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And a stretch of road, some with the surface lifted, which experiences Tidal Flooding in some high tides. Different than we are used to.

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Cute little Church in Waikawa.

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Cattle and shearing sheds everywhere.


Florence Hill Lookout. Beautiful little bay.


Cute little waterfall didn’t write the name and the photo doesn’t do it justice. A shame.

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Coming down out of the hills.

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An awesome old bridge.

Heading into Dunedin.


Our accommodation for tonight is lovely, The Aurora on George, an older motel but has been beautifully refurbished with quality fittings, generously provisioned and the central garden courtyard is an example of a labour of love by the man who has maintained it for many years. Beautifully attractive and restful. Staff terrifically helpful. Great spot to base ourselves for 2 nights.


And a small bit of the garden.

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Kick back day today exploring the local Hardware store (EHayes) where Burt Munro’s original Indian Scout (The World’s fastest Indian) is displayed as well as his original bike trailer working tools and broken bits which he referred to as "Offerings to the God of Speed" .… as well as replicas from the Movie. We loved these as well as many other historic motorbikes, cars and tools displayed throughout the shop, it was quirky but very cool and enjoyable. From here it was to the Bill Richardson Transport Museum for the boys and Queens Park for the girls before we all lunched at the Grille Café at the Museum and then a quiet afternoon.

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The World’s Fastest Indian, he (Burt Munro) really was a crazy old bugger as well as incredibly committed and passionate about achieving the speed records he pursued. Was great to see how the whole community has embraced him rather than writing him off as just a silly old bugger.

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Queens Park Entrance main gates with the Band Rotunda in the distance. The park was extensive and stunning.


Rose Garden at Queens Park.

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Another shot at Queens Park, very peaceful and restful place as well as lots of places for people to be active as well.

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The Old Town Hall & Civic Theatre.


First Church.


The Old Water Tower, incredible brickwork (as it was on the church as well).


A specie bathroom at the Bill Richardson Road Transport Museum. All sorts of great examples of yesteryear.


Norm’s all-time favourite here, the TEXACO Fuel tanker.


No 1 Bedford Bus with some of the crew.


A Kenworth log skidder!


Norm’s 2nd favourite which he would love to have to drive around town in.

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Much calmer weather overnight and we started the day with a cooked breakfast before we headed off. We rode through lots of productive farmland and forest today as well as coming across many rugged outcrops of what looks like limestone and granite and the occasional view across the ocean as well as some large rivers. We ended the trip heading down to the Bluff settled in 1824 where we found the most southerly sealed road in New Zealand as well as the Bluff lookout which is quite spectacular. Apparently the first cargo to be shipped out of the Bluff was flax in 1823 and soon after potatoes which had been introduced by sealers in the area.


This is a real sign in Te Anau which really cracked us up … especially seeing the Parking sign arrow pointy bit twisted in the wrong direction as well.

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Lake Te Anau was much more peaceful this morning.

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Awesome farms and scenery.


The Clifenden Suspension Bridge opened in 1899 to replace a ferry across a dangerous stretch of water initially for horses and drays and before long motor vehicles as well.


Part of the bridge and beyond.

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Riverton, lovely wide entrance to the river.

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The troops on Riverton Bridge.

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All the group on top of the Bluff Lookout thanks to a couple of French tourists.

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Stirling Point, the very end of the road at the end of the Bluff and here we come back again.

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And yes, from the lookout that is an aluminium smelting plant, smelting aluminium from Australia and then shipping it to customers.


And our accommodation for the next two nights, Quest Serviced Apartments, we stayed here last year, and it is lovely. Beautifully laid out, generously provisioned an ideal location and terrifically friendly and helpful staff. What more could we ask for!

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 Because there was well over half a meter of rainfall to the Milford Sound area a week or so ago and catastrophic damage to the roads we were unable to ride to Milford Sound which was our original plan but the road is now open to Bus Convoys so we went in one of those which was also good. After heavy rain overnight the waterfalls were thundering down the cliff faces ravines and valleys which was awesome … and we were all guilty of a nap or two at some stage having had an extra early start given the bus convoy option. Our cruise was lovely even if we didn’t get to see Mitre Peak, instead we saw hundreds and hundreds of waterfalls from what looked like thin ribbons to roaring galloping falls thundering down the hills and spraying water for hundreds of meters. Just wonderful to see. To quote our bus driver, there are higher mountains in the world, but nowhere do they head straight up out of the water. With the wet conditions outside for most of the day most of our memories are in our heads and not on camera.


First stop for a stretch.


Some falls.

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Milford Mariner, our ride on the Sound. Was a lovely tidy boat with sleeping accommodation and does night cruises as well.


A massive waterfall near the wharf which flows from a glacier which is growing each year. Go figure!

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Heading for the tunnel to head through the mountain and back from the west coast to the east coast. The strip in the middle is the roof over the approach to the tunnel and note just how high this is and yet way below the top of the mountain.


And we are back out the east side.


Heading out over a washout area, note the Dead Slow sign. All single file here.


Yet more falls.


Nearly back and now the sun comes out … still, should be good for tomorrows ride.

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We headed up to Coronet Peak for a view out over Queenstown even higher up than the restaurant last night which was around 400m above sea level, my GPS told me we were above 1200m above sea level this morning so a higher road sealed than what was the highest one in 2000 obviously. From here we wound down the peak and through what looked like little leafy laneways and stone fences like in the UK except for the width as we headed for Frankton then on to Kingston for lunch and into Te Anau in beautiful sunshine.

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Up to Coronet Peak for a look this morning before the tourists arrived and we waited until some paragliders and hang-gliders took off.

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Great corners coming down from Coronet Peak this morning … and a lot of weird cambers on some of these corners.

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Kingston Railway Station home of the Kingston Flyer sadly a heritage steam train which hasn’t run for a few years reliant on volunteers who over time have demonstrated a great enthusiasm for trains but not for business management as demonstrated by several bankruptcies. Really sad, we loved this run from Fairlight station to Kingston on our original coach trip in the late 80’s. Kingston is where the TSS Earnslaw was reassembled after being sent up on the train from Dunedin where it was initially constructed.

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Lots of cattle and sheep in mobs around today.

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Farming obvious throughout today.

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Spillway at Lake Te Anau.

View to Te Anau from the spillway across Lake Te Anau with the mountains behind, just lovely. They are in all directions!

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Our accommodation tonight an Airbnb tonight, the Lake House (address) which is just spectacular. Sleeps 20 plus people, looks out over Lake Te Anau. Beautifully presented, generously provisioned and wonderfully comfortably.

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Again, and check out the view … which will be a theme for those following.

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And again finally, just over the fence and the wind is picking up as you can see from the white caps.

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A sleep in followed by a wander through the town for some, a leisurely ride for others and generally kicking back for the day. The evening saw us head up the gondola where some had a luge ride before dinner, and we all enjoyed the views as we dined in the Stratosfare Restaurant before we headed back down the gondola and home.

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A revisit to the Cardrona area in brilliant sunshine instead of rain and this is the Bradrona effort to raise funds and awareness of breast cancer. Norm was impressed with what a great windbreak it gives the sheep sheltering behind it so helps the woolly girls as well.


A great find, Coronet Peak. This is from the car park area and where the chair life heads up to the snow fields.

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And a view of Queenstown.

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A view from the Gondola Stratosfare restaurant out over Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu Awesome!

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A sleep in followed by a picturesque ride to Glenorchy and back then a trip on the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a Gourmet BBQ dinner and sheep shearing and rounding up demonstration. The weather has been just perfect. We will see what tomorrow brings.

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First photo stop on the way to Glenorchy.

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All the crew heading out, Chris on with Adrian and Tom on Chris’s bike.

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First sight of snow on the way and lots more winding roads.

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Coffee at Glenorchy.


Old water tower at Glenorchy.


The TSS Earnslaw in Queenstown this morning, will be our ride to dinner tonight.

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The lakeshore at Queenstown.

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The view from the Steamer Wharf back across Queenstown.

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Dressing up the Louis Vuitton store while we grab an ice cream.

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Walter Peak High Country Farm, an awesome property and incredibly professionally run. Was a great night.


The shearing session which was informative and entertaining.

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Heading home.

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Well the weather forecast was fine, but the weather was not. We travelled through rain fog and sunshine but the crappy weather didn’t dampen our spirits at all. We enjoyed a walk around some of the historic precinct of Cromwell and then onto Cardrona over the highest paved road in New Zealand then to Arrowtown for more walking and eating for some and then the Shotover Jetboat ride for 6 of our group and now chilling in our very nice apartment as a roast is being cooked. How fortunate are we!

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Cromwell is very proud of their produce.

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And a great find for coffee in the Historic precinct, the old Post Office and Telegraph Office … and a great quote on the wall “Drink Coffee, Do Stupid things with more energy”.

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Looking across part of the lake, would be a nice place to sit and read.

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Roaring Meg, and she really was roaring. Sad to see how much timber has been burnt in the past.

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 The Cardrona Hotel improved with some bikes in front of it … the riding crew.


And a view in their very attractive beer garden, but a bit wet to be there today even though you cannot see the rain here. I enjoyed steaming off in front of the open fire for a bit.


What a view … spoilt for choice as we heaad back. Wow!

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At the top of the range sealed in 2000 and coming back down we could almost see the view below but going up we could hardly see where we were going and yes that was 1,076m above sea level.

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The view down to Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown a fair way away.


Arrowtown, good looking bikes!

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And another of the main street minus the bikes … see how ordinary it looks in comparison? My point exactly!

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A great view in Arrowtown.


And the bridge just past the Shotover Jetboat site. Awesome canyon hence the jet boats.

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Heading into Queenstown, awesome scenery.

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The shopping crew off to buy what we need for our roast dinner and this is a very deceptive view because it is a really steep hill but doesn’t look like it here.


Our accommodation for the next three nights, Black Diamond Apartment Queenstown. Lovely and spacious with plenty of places to relax and generously provisioned with everything we need including in the bathrooms. A good find especially considering the New Zealand Open is on in town. Geared towards those who ski in the winter (hence the ski gear storage cupboard in the back yard and spot for ski boots in the airlock at the front door) and those who party the rest of the year like us (as the planes overhead and wine glasses in the cupboard are testimony to that).

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Didn’t head off until just before 8.30am this morning in fine weather and throughout the day we had drizzle, rain and mist in no particular order until we were almost into Cromwell when we ended up with strong winds, dust storms, tumbleweed and a sudden spike in temperature to the point we were nearly all ready to fall down by the time we got our many layers off at the servo. Talk about one extreme to the other, now we just need to get everything which isn’t dry, dry before the morning. Should be doable. It’s been a day of extreme sights from rain forest with dense canopies over the roads, massive rock slides where literally sides of mountains have slid off (many of these over the last couple of days), wind torn beaches, kilometres and kilometres of turquoise lakes and now pretty intensive farming land. Incredible.

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Yet another one way bridge.

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Barry Bay and a sign on the road which says to beware of debris when there are high seas and you can see how it cuts up the road … some of the debris on the shore was a tree trunk complete with a lot of the root ball minus dirt!

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Salmon farm for a yummy breakfast.


Longest single lane bridge in New Zealand (and we’re told the southern hemisphere) 737 m long with 2 passing bays and here it is with us coming.


And going, and the second passing bay is still beyond us.


Knights Creek lookout.


It’s official we were up Ship Creek …. thus named after a large chunk of a ship’s hull discovered there in 1867 which turned out to have been washed there from a shipwreck in 1855 in Victoria, Australia (the Schonberg) so how’s that for an awesome current across the Tasman!


Thunder Creek Falls.


Lots of water up and down, From the car park at the Blue Pools, given the weather we didn't go any further..

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Lake Wanaka.


Lake Hawea.


A lot of wind meant a lot of whitecaps on a lot of the lakes and milky sediment along the shores.

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More beautiful lake views. The waves were nearly washing completely over the small island to the left.

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A solid outcrop of rock in an otherwise flat valley not long before we got in. Curious.


Our accommodation for the night, the Colonial Manor Motel, Cromwell. Nice spacious rooms well laid out and comfortable. A good find.

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 We had an early and dark start heading off at 7am to get to Fox Glacier comfortably by 11am to book in for our 11.30am 30minute Franz Josef & Fox Glacier flight with a snow landing and we got to do it this time because the cloud was actually not as low or dense as last time.

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A wander to the street for a pizza dinner last night helped us take some pics and the first was one of the local fire brigade doing a promotion shot.

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The old fire station now apartments and another grand old building yet to be refurbished. The town was built with gold money hence the grand layout of the streets and the proportions of buildings.

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And a school.

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Mmmm, cloud not clearing very well.

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An awesome long one-way bridge with double passing section in the middle.

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A welcome coffee at Hari Hari.


Franz Josef main street with snow in the background … cloud also.


And a closer view of the snow and ice.

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Great one lane bridge just out of Franz Josef.

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Before the first group set off for the helicopter ride.


Glaciers! Actually on top on the snowfield which contribute to many glaciers with 30m of snow a year and the snow here is around 300m deep! Note the pink tinge being smoke and ash from our Aussie bushfires.


Apparently this peaking is an indication of how fast the glacier is moving.


Awesome sight and again you can see the pink tinge and when we picked up a handful you could actually see bits of ash in it.


Two country kids who cannot believe how blessed they are.


The Pilot grabs the marker to show where he has landed so other pilots know.


Heading back down and yep I was fortunate enough to have the front seat where Norm was in the middle at the last minute when we ended up with two extras. Grrr..


And this is how they progress to the sea.

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Our accommodation for the night, the Bella Vista Motel Fox Glacier, again a compact but functional lay out, nice and clean and hosts very helpful. Walking distance to wherever we want to go. Shorter travel time today so time for a bit of a rest.

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A beautiful day riding through large tracts of farming land forest and incredible mountains and our troops cannot believe that the awesomeness we promised is even better than they expected. Just glorious sights in every direction!

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The quirky geography sights begin with a chilly and overcast morning.

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Yay, the sun came out as we started to climb.

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Climbing, climbing, first chance to pull over and look back and we only just got back on the bikes in time to beat a labouring truck.

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More great sights.

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The road opens for a bit.

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Castle Hill, we didn’t walk to it because those who did looked about the size of ants from the car park.

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Ski areas peel off from the road at regular intervals.

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And then in the wilderness the Flock Hill Station established in 1857. Must be a rugged existence.


Making a mile and the troops are coming.

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And down a big hill and we find another farm.

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Awesome glacial valley.

And yep that’s snow in the distance.

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Arthurs Pass Post Office and book exchange in an old fridge. Very quirky.


Lunch at Arthurs Pass. We had called into the historic Baileys Hotel, but it wasn’t opening until 3pm so we weren’t hanging around.


At the Otira Viaduct opened in 1999.


And here is the Viaduct with a 16% grade. We had to stop on it for quite a while waiting for  broken down truck to be rescued and we were all leaning well back in our seats.


And the next lookout and wow! Was great to ride through it.


Our accommodation for the night, the Bella Vista Hokitika, compact but functional, nice and clean and hosts very helpful. Walking distance to wherever we want to go. Some awesome buildings here, will try and get some shots in the morning but we will be on a mission to get to our helicopter flight over the glaciers … so we will see.

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Sleep in followed by some wandering around the streets, some window shopping and some more serious and for some a dip in the thermal pools. Very noticeably smaller numbers here than last year and an almost total absence of Asian faces as a result of the corona virus which is hitting the local economy very hard. Glorious sunshine all day and off on the bikes again tomorrow. 


Wandering for a coffee but couldn’t get any takers for a joint bike ride … might have had something to do with comments of those wanting the back seats and saying they would pretend to pedal!

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A view of Hanmer Springs.

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And another.

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And another.

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And another.

Magnificent Redwoods planted along the front of the spa buildings. Awesome.

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The beautiful Heritage Spa hotel.

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A chilly start but soon warmed up and became wonderful sunshine and we had a brilliant day of riding, spectacular views of forests, farms, craggy cliffs, mountain passes and wide glacial valleys. Wow, wow and wow!


Close to sunset last night.


Awesome rocks … and the Tavern in the distance.

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A Weka.

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One of many beautiful and rugged beaches on our way to Greymouth.


An impressive memorial to the 400 plus people who have died in mining disasters in the Western Inspectorate of the Western region

Morning mist lifting as we head for Reefton.


Brunner Mill Memorial, the largest industrial disaster in New Zealand’s history. Was a catalyst for safer working practices.

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Lots of dairy farming on the way.

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And a train finally.


Sights in Reefton.

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Main Street Reefton.

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Mountains everywhere.

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Great Glacial Valleys.

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And again.

And another we named Adrian's Lookout since he found it down the end of a track for me.

Nearly into Hanmer Springs.

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And our accommodation for the night the ASURE Hanmer Inn Motel beautifully presented, handy to town and hosts wonderful. We stayed here last year and were happy to return and bring the troops.

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