December 1, 2015 at 5:37 pm #10562
In late March of 2012 I ran a ride where a group of North Island riders ‘invaded’ the South Island for 4 days of awesome riding.
Since then I’ve been asked about it quite a few times and I never did a ride report so I’ll put together a brief one here from what I still remember.
After an uneventful crossing we followed State Highway 1 to Blenheim where we branched off into the local suburbs to Taylors Pass.
Taylors Pass comes out in the Awatere Valley which is the top end of the Molesworth/Archeron Road, right where the seal ends and the gravel begins.
The ride through the Molesworth was beautifully scenic but uneventful except for Col deciding to have a liedown when a flower proved more interesting than he expected.
Attachments:December 1, 2015 at 7:20 pm #10566
Rank: 250cc Rider
good times!December 1, 2015 at 7:30 pm #10567December 1, 2015 at 8:53 pm #10572
From Malings Pass it was back onto the Rainbow Road to a 3rd quick diversion at Lake Tennyson, before running up the final section of the Rainbow Road where we met local rider Pete on his XT660 on the way.
We had a late food break at St Arnaud before continuing on over Porika Track to the stunning Lake Rotoroa.
From Lake Rotoroa you leave the carpark onto Braeburn Track for a cruise and a few small fords. At the end of the Braeburn Track it’s a left and a right onto Mangles Valley Road which unfortunately is now sealed for a twisty road ride into Murchison for our accomodation for the night.December 2, 2015 at 7:21 pm #10584
Day 3 started with a right turn out of the campsite and onto Matakitaki Road which soon turns to gravel and leads onto the Maruia Saddle
At the end of the Maruia Saddle we took a left onto SH65 and through Maruia to the next turnoff to the left where we crossed the Maruia River onto West Bank Road which rejoins SH65 just North of Springs Junction.
From Springs junction it’s a fantastic cruise through the forest to SH7 to Reefton were we checked into our accomodation at The Old Nurses Home guesthouse.
Attachments:December 2, 2015 at 7:38 pm #10588
After checking in and unloading the bikes and a bite to eat the next track was Big River Mine. A long, windy and stony track that leads up to old mine workings and a display
and following that it was off to Waitahu River, both of these tracks are within a few minutes of Reefton.
Here’s some more footage of Big River and Waitahu River from another trip down South in 2009
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