Test Run

South Island, New Zealand is one of  THE best places to ride a motorbike with great roads and even better scenery so we decided to have a test run with all our gear over the Christmas holidays.  We love riding in the South Island and any excuse is a good one.

On the way down we took some back roads around Raglan to brush up on riding gravel roads.

Rode through the Molesworth which is a 4WD road across a farm station.   Was a bit wet which added to the experience.  I crossed my first, and second, water crossings but unfortunately no pictures of those.

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Because it is a working farm station, we had to open and close gates as we went through.

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Back on the main roads, this is Arthurs Pass which is the road between Greymouth on the West Coast, and Christchurch.

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A West Coast beach on a calm day.

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Jackson Bay on the West Coast.

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Back in the North Island, in the Hawkes Bay, one of the longest place names in the world.


After about 4-5000 km, a variety of roads and all sorts of weather conditions, we feel confident our set up will work well for our trip ahead.



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