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WANAKA to TE ANAU : 20th March

Leisurely Sunday Ride

We left Wanaka this morning heading for Te Anau. With great pleasure we rode through the Crown Range Road with hardly any traffic - great riding.
First stop was at Kingston to check if the Kingston Flier is still running (steam train) Not today. So we decided to have morning tea at the café instead. Egg, Bacon & Cheese toasted sandwiches and coffee all round. We shall worry about our cholesterol and diet when we get home.

Next stop was half way along the stunning edge of Lake Wakatipu. Opposite side to yesterday and equally as impressive.
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We managed to get into Te Anau without rain - fingers crossed for tomorrow.

First stop was the Service Station to fuel up ready for tomorrow and to buy our tickets for Milford Sound - excited now !!!

A short walk to stretch our legs along Lake Te Anau and late lunch at the Pie Shop - we heard they were pretty good and it's true - yummy.

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Early night tonight, we have to leave early in the morning to beat the Tourist Coaches into Milford Sound and to make it in time for our Cruise.

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WANAKA - 19th MARCH 2016

Bradrona, Crown Range and Queenstown

First thing today was a big "riders meeting" regarding our next few days. The weather is looking a bit ominous but we have decided to stick to our original plan. If we change we are sure to cop the rain anyway!!
We left Wanaka about 9:00am, fueled up and were on the road.
First stop was Bradrona - a rather interesting collection of Bras - all in the name of Charity - collecting donations for Breast Cancer Research.
Bras of all shapes and sizes - where are the bra-less women Harold wants to know ?
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Jo found one she thought was rather cute !
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The lady cyclist decided this one would fit - maybe
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Ok - pinch the girls and squeeze them into this one -
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Yep - it fits - happy now !
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The Crown Range through Cardrona Valley is an awesome ride with stunning views toward Queenstown
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We rode on to the quaint little village of Arrowtown for a coffee/food stop.
I was getting back on my bike when a little boy came over and decided to have a conversation with me - it goes like this :
Boy : Is that your motor bike
Me ; Yes it is
Boy : Girls don't ride motor bikes
Me : Yes they do
Boy : No they don't girls don't ride motor bikes
Me : Yes they do
Boy : Are you a girl ?
Have to think he has been programmed to think "male" already and he's only about 4.

On we went through Queenstown out to Glenorchy - another great road very similar to the Great Ocean Road but lots better !

The scenery and road is just amazing - twisting along the edge of Lake Wakatipu for about 45 kms, not too many tourists either.
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We stopped a bit further along for another photo shot on the edge of the Lake :-
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Steve - "the thinker"
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Another coffee stop at Glenorchy where we investigated Mrs. Woolies shop but managed to resist all the cute little soft Lambs and Kiwis, along with that beautiful Manuka Honey Hand Cream - later in our journey might be a good time to buy souvenirs.

Final stop overlooking Queenstown -
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Then back home along the Crown Range Road - brilliant riding.
Pizzas at an Italian Restaurant completed a perfect day.

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TWIZEL to WANAKA - 18th MARCH

Mountains and Lakes

First stop today was on the side of Lake Pukaki - stunning in the morning light.
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Of course we had to have a pic of our Suzuki VStrom's posing in front of the mountains.
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For bike people they are : L to R. Steve's 650, My 650 and Harold has a the 1000. We are all very happy with the bikes, they are performing well.
My faithful steed - at least its Blue - my favourite bike colour.
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Aitch had a rather interesting conversation with a couple from Argentina - not one to miss out on a chance to have a chat.
"you see my mother is from Argentina, and my father was British - blah blah blah" and where are you from they asked - South Africa he replied - totally forgot the 30 odd years he has been in Australia.
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Steve giving Jo a bit of "Communication System" assistance.
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Mt Cook - stunning !
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Not sure what he is but he was very tame and came over and posed for me - nice duck !!
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On the way back from Mt Cook Steve and Harold were very happy at this little valley - I wonder why ???
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Steve with his VStrom -
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Snow covered Mountains - my favourite scene for the day -
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Steve and Jo are being very patient waiting for the photographers -
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We arrived at Wanaka mid afternoon - plenty of time to have a cuppa and then wander around - Wanaka is really lovely, especially in the late afternoon.
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Somebody having a bummer of a time at Wanaka -
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We could do with this sign on Aussie beaches -
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And finally the girls get to do the grocery shopping for breakfast - nobody is confessing to this photo - easy to work out who it was though !!
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CHRISTCHURCH to TWIZEL - 16th MARCH to 18th MARCH 2016

We have arrived in the land of the Long White Cloud

We started planning this trip with Harold and Jo Read about 6 months ago, the time has flown by and we were at the Port Macquarie airport bright and early Tuesday morning.
We arrived in Christchurch just in time to wander down to The Pegasus Hotel for drinks and dinner.
The 2010 and 2011 Earthquakes have caused massive damage to Christchurch and recovery is very slow.
It was raining when we arrived but that cleared after dinner so we went for a walk into the Re Start Mall, quite fascinating, lots of stores set up in Shipping Containers. There is evidence of Commercial re-construction but the progress appears to be very slow.
Wednesday (16th March) we were picked up by John from Te Waipounamu and taken to pick up our hire bikes. Its raining by now so we are not looking forward to riding an unknown bike in rain.
The hire process went fairly smoothly and we were soon on the road out of Christchurch.
First stop was Littleton Harbour - barely visible in the rain !
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Its a great ride around the Summit Road and into Akaroa.
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After we checked into our Motel we wandered up the street for a very late lunch and a look at Akaroa.
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Cows seem to make themselves at home just about anywhere.
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Waeckerle Cottage had some rather interesting tenants -
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Due to the Earthquake damage at Christchurch Cruise Ships are no longer able to dock there - lucky for Akaroa, lots of tourists are dropped on shore for a shopping day.
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and some other old tubs -
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Thursday morning we left Akaroa bound for Twizel. First stop was at Rakaia Gorge - stunning.
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motorcycles everywhere on the South Island -
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Jet Boat looked like lots of fun -
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Snow covered Alps - feels like we are back in Europe -

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Lake Tekapo just before Twizel was absolutely stunning. We had to stop for a photo-shot and to watch the Japanese tourists - their idea of a photo is to stop right in the middle of the road and lean out the window with their phone - never mind about the other vehicles including big trucks zooming along at 100kms hr.
Lake Tekapo - stunning in the afternoon sun.
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Twizel is an interesting little town, built in 1969 as a construction town for the upper Waitaki hydro-electric development scheme. Once the hydro scheme was completed, the local people successfully fought to retain the town. Great idea - its a lovely town. Steve and I had the best Beef and Guinness pie ever - it was St. Patricks day after all.

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