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After endless trips and riding/ driving/walking New Zealand for over 30 years,
it was high-time to put all of it down to something that would offer others a huge amount of info, background, maps, links and PICS, PICS, PICS without making things complicated and confusing.


It's still in the making....and for the last section another ride is pinned for early 2019 to complete the gigantic ~ 8000mile/ 12.000km route stretching from the Very Top at Cape Reinga to the Deep South in the fabulous Catlins. (most likely a good bit more by the time all the extras/ local loops and worthwhile "stumpers" are added).

Call it a 3-decades research-project, call it a "Back Country Discovery Route"....to me it's simply the Ultimate New Zealand Adventure Touring Route.
The Best of NZ I've seen,and folks I met along the way.


And it comes with maps, Google-map links, crucial info and links required for each section and a generous amount of juicy pics for each relevant part of the route.

The South Island Route is generally finished but will receive more info/ links/ accom + attractions lateron.

To be clear, though....this is NOT your standard "plastic" tourist stuff, nor is it hardcore-offroad.
I'd happily ride the entire route plus all extras and break-out loops on a DL650 (a thou is just too much work...but better than walking it all :)).

A DR650/ KLR/ XT660 or the like are a far better choice for it (all available through rental-companies). A 250 KLR/KLX/ XT will do the job just fine, too....and be even more fun on certain stretches.

I'll post updates as I'm getting through assembling the last parts of the project...in the meantime, if nothing else, enjoy the pics. :)


Cheers
 

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SAMPLER NORTH ISLAND





Touring The Trans-NZ ADV Route _ North Island

Segment 1. CAPE REINGA / AHIPARA *** SPECIAL ***
Segment 2. AHIPARA TO WAIPU (3 options)
Segment 3. WAIPU TO CLEVEDON
Segment 4A. Six ways to Woodville / Western Routes (under construction)
Segment 4B. Six ways to Woodville / Eastern Routes (under construction)
5).....


Touring The Trans-NZ ADV Route _ South Island...5334km
Segment 1. PICTON-TO-HANMER/CULVERDEN
Segment 2. HANMER/ CULVERDEN TO FAIRLIE
Segment 3. FAIRLIE TO NASEBY
Segment 4. NASEBY TO CROMWELL
Segment 5. CROMWELL TO MANAPOURI
Segment 6. MANAPOURI TO THE CATLINS (SOUTH COAST)


The Trans New Zealand ADV Touring Route...WHAT/WHY/HOW/WHERE?



General NZ info and links




Some of the following routes are NOT advisable on rental motorcycles unless one is prepared to bear the consequences/ cost (check your rental contract THOROUGHLY!!)
A few stretches include tolls and fees ( i.e. road-user fees/ access fees/ ferry-charges etc).
Routes are a mix of tar+ gravel with preference given to the more scenic route, whichever it is.
As a whole, the route will NOT be suitable to a "gravel-newbie"!!

Many parts have multiple alternative route options which can be mixed+matched at intersecting locations to easily facilitate swapping i.e. from one side of the island to the other while still generally continuing the ride north or south.

What it's NOT:
The fastest way from A->B.
The shortest way from A->B
The only way to "The Best of NZ"....you'll have to create that part for yourself.




*** PLEASE NOTE ***
The North of the North Island in particular offers a great variety of beach runs, from short 1-5km sections to the Muriwai Beach, the 90-Mile Beach (which is rather 90km), the ~120km Ripiro Beach, East Beach and many more. Rental agencies DO NOT like their vehicles on beaches as damage can be great (salt/ corrosion), soft sand can bog the vehicle and expose it to the incoming tide etc. Read your rental agreement thoroughly...and understand it fully!!

Common sense and respecting the surrounding environment goes a long way to make a beach-run an unforgettable experience though.




Beach Routes around the Cape Reinga Peninsula:



Green = 90Mile beach from Ahipara in the South to Scott Point in the North
Orange = The Northern access of 90Mile is Te Paki Stream, a sandy "creek-road"
Purple = East Beach / Kaimaumau Beach
Red = Tokerau Beach (good, easy practice beach)





Main road and access roads to places, campsites and beaches:
MAP, zoom for detail: https://goo.gl/JfkX4h






************ THE REINGA LOOP ***********


Route: AHIPARA -> 90MILE BEACH -> TE PAKI STREAM -> CAPE REINGA RETURN -> SPIRITS BAY -> RARAWA BEACH -> PUKENUI -> WAGENER HOMESTEAD/ HOUHORA HEADS-> KAIMAUMAU / EAST BEACH -> LAKE NGATU-> AHIPARA



1) Suggested time-frame: 1.5-2 days

2) Fuel and some basic supplies available at Waitiki Landing ~20km south of Cape Reinga on SH1
Fuel also at the wharf at Pukenui (credit card needed)

3) Tide tables (essential for beach riding)

4) Suggested loop: clockwise from Ahipara. Make sure of tides being favourable!!! 90Mile Beach requires about 2 good hours of riding within a 4hour window
(two hours either side of Dead-Low) Try to exit the beach by midday latest to have enough time to visit Cape Reinga, Spirits Bay and other nice spots down the Peninsula and make camp/ find accommodation.

5) Going clockwise requires to exit via Te Paki Stream. Splashing through the shallow freshwater creek for about 3-4km washes the salt off the bikes.



AHIPARA





-> 90MILE BEACH
























-> TE PAKI STREAM (beach access track through creek, some of it is sometimes blown-over with sand from the dunes)















 

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SAMPLER SOUTH ISLAND





Touring The Trans-NZ ADV Route _ North Island

Segment 1. CAPE REINGA / AHIPARA *** SPECIAL ***
Segment 2. AHIPARA TO WAIPU (3 options)
Segment 3. WAIPU TO CLEVEDON
Segment 4A. Six ways to Woodville / Western Routes (under construction)
Segment 4B. Six ways to Woodville / Eastern Routes (under construction)
5).....


Touring The Trans-NZ ADV Route _ South Island...5334km
Segment 1. PICTON-TO-HANMER/CULVERDEN
Segment 2. HANMER/ CULVERDEN TO FAIRLIE
Segment 3. FAIRLIE TO NASEBY
Segment 4. NASEBY TO CROMWELL
Segment 5. CROMWELL TO MANAPOURI
Segment 6. MANAPOURI TO THE CATLINS (SOUTH COAST)


The Trans New Zealand ADV Touring Route...WHAT/WHY/HOW/WHERE?



General NZ info and links







PART 1: CROMWELL to QUEENSTOWN



NOTE: There are 2 boats that take a small number of bikes across from Queenstown to either Walter Peak Station or Mt. Nicholas Station.
In both cases it's up to the discretion of the skipper to make a final decision to carry motorcycles or not on a specific trip/ day or week...and how many per trip.
Capacity for the Lady Earnslow is about 5-8 bikes depending on size...cost about NZ$90 per bike incl. rider, one way.

Same price and leaving Queenstown from the same wharf is the Spirit of Queenstown Catamaran which can accomodate 2-3 motorcycles depending on size + luggage.
The 2 stations are connected by the Von Road and about 6km apart

The crossing takes about 45mins and the 2 boats leave alternating hourly.





Cromwell -> Nevis Pass -> The Remarkables -> Skippers Canyon -> Coronet Peak -> Queenstown





MAP: https://goo.gl/pXgNnV



[please note that the Nevis Rd. is a SEASONAL road (closed early June to late Sept]


Cromwell




-> Nevis Pass/ Nevis Road/ Nevis Station (you better like your water-crossings, there are LOTS of them!!)

































-> The Remarkables











-> Skippers Canyon
























-> Coronet Peak







-> Queenstown


 

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That really looks like some awesome and fun rides. Thanks for taking the time for the write up and pics.

To put it short 'n sweet after having had the good fortune of riding a good part of Aus, lots of Europe incl. the Alps repeatedly, the Great Nor-West, CO and New England/ Quebec: it's paradise! :hurray::hurray:
Tks for looking in and leaving a note.
 

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Oh boy another one for my BUCKET list
Just don't wait too long...things are changing over there as well as anywhere else. Tracks/ roads getting closed, farmers withdrawing access to private link roads etc.

For a road-trip, the place is an absolute thrill at the European Alps level (tight+technical while mega-scenic)....for gravel-touring and dirt-riding in fairly exposed and extreme surrounds it's just a never-ending wet-dream.:thumbup:
And that goes both for the North and South Islands, with the South being the more visually spectacular.

It's also more affordable than what most folks think, if one is willing to learn a bit from the locals.
Which was a good part of the reason behind the exercise of this Cape-to-Cape Route project....just click the Gmap links, zoom in bigtime, check the pics and locations and make up your own mind, then start to stitch together the most appealing overall route.
All of the segments intersect at their start end points to create a multiple choice route into the bargain (or offer multiple days-ride routes on their own)...and that's before adding the extras and local highlights.
What's more, as the entire project comes from a single source, the entire project is also consistent in its "difficulty + and ride-ability" ratings compared to the usual "GPS-hotchpotch" of these kind of routes stitched together by various folks, all at different skill-levels and coming from different base-lines.
 

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Work has gone on in the background and things have progressed to a single missing section on the North Island.

With the flood of available ADV and scenic routes in the place, the total has blown out to currently over 12.200km (~8000miles) ....:surprise:


.....with approx. 2000km (at least) to come for the last bit, bringing the total project to over 14.000km documented in maps, photos + links.
Each section interlinks with the ones above and below, allowing for a variety of mix+match routes, each with its own perks and character.

Not really what I expected myself (see thread title) but once started, things just kept rolling.:wink2:

Some polishing and fine-tuning is still to be done plus there will be constant updates to the routes and maps as well as a related "Hot News" thread containing up-to-minute news, events, travel-tips, further links etc.

Here's a link to it's permanent home, containing the entire project plus associated, general NZ-info threads.

http://www.austouring.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=65

Completion date will be March 2019 after I've had a chance to thoroughly ride, travel and check out the most south-eastern part of the North Island to tie the routes of the 2 islands together via the ferry services between Wellington and Picton.

Hopefully someone can make use of it and enjoy NZ as much as everyone did who came along for those "fact-finding-rides" over the last 20 years or so.

Kia Ora :smile2:
 

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Closed, finished and done....and it's blown out to over 14.500km/ 9000+ miles
50 maps, 600+ pics....and there's something for everyone, even the "roadies".

http://www.austouring.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=65

The Trans-NZ ADV Route _ North Island....9236km

Segment 1. CAPE REINGA / AHIPARA *** SPECIAL ***
Segment 2. AHIPARA TO WAIPU (3 options)
Segment 3. WAIPU TO CLEVEDON
Segment 4A-WESTERN Routes_Clevedon to Woodville (2 options + Extras)
Segment 4B-EASTERN Routes_Clevedon to Woodville (2 options + Extras)
Segment 5. WOODVILLE TO WELLINGTON (3 options plus south-eastern gems!)



The Trans-NZ ADV Route _ South Island...5334km

Segment 1. PICTON-TO-HANMER/CULVERDEN
Segment 2. HANMER/ CULVERDEN TO FAIRLIE
Segment 3. FAIRLIE TO NASEBY
Segment 4. NASEBY TO CROMWELL
Segment 5. CROMWELL TO MANAPOURI
Segment 6. MANAPOURI TO THE CATLINS (SOUTH COAST)


14570k's in total....but somehow I seem to have goofed on the South Island!!
Or in other words....it needs a hell of a lot more research.
Might see ya down there ;-)
 
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