Sure, rub it in.
We stayed at a B&B off of Riwaka-Marahau Road just before Takaka Hill. We had views of Riwaka and on to Nelson. As I'm sure you know, that whole area is flanked by mountains.
Even the roads through the hilly farm country west of Hamilton on North Island were wonderful.
If you live there, do not come to the North East portion of the US. We have absolutely nothing to offer you and our climate is miserable in comparison.
Interesting bikes too. We were at a roadside burger joint getting a late lunch one day and a guy pulled in on a Suzuki GSR750. Never heard of such a thing.
If it makes you feel better I've only ridden the Hill 4 times...
Same corner as your pic:
Looking down the hill a bit:
'08 Vee: Suzy luggage, Crash bars, Rad Guard & front mudguard extension, Zumo 550, Oxford Hot grips, Stebel, PC-8, 12v acc, Scott oiler & lube-tube, Remus Revolution Cans, Bark Busters, Phillips Extreme vision +100 bulbs.
'08 Concours 14: Rad guard, Stebel, Oxford Hot grips, Projekt D Screen, Hugger, GPS mount, helmet locks & front guard extension, Zumo 550, Stebel, Phil's rack & Givi V46, Sheepskin seat cover, Phillips Extreme vision +100 bulbs.