There is a good adventure tour coming up in Jan 07 if you are interested?
I have copied the info for anyone interested.
Email the organisers if you are keen.
Top of the South Island Back Roads- Adventure Ride
January 13th - 15th January 17th -19th
AFS Student Fundraising trip to Norway in 2007
Fully Guided - Numbers are very limited so be in fast
3 days of exhilarating adventure riding in the South Island with amazing mountain scenery, winding rivers, native forests and alpine lakes
You will start in the beautiful Vineyards near Blenheim, its then through the famous Molesworth Station before arriving at Hanmer Springs.
Back onto the saddle for another day of amazing scenery this time though travelling on some rough gravel roads through to Lake Tennyson, over Island Pass and through Devils Gate before we enter into Rainbow Station. A comfort stop at Tophouse Tearooms, a fantastic place with a horror story to match. Then its off to our next stopover, Murchison.
The final and longest day, through the Mataki Valley and numerous River crossings, before linking up to cross the main divide and into Reefton, then its onto Waipuna and a very special surprise will wait here. Lake Brunner and then Greymouth for the final dinner and farewells.
You will be put into teams of 2 riders, you will have challenges along the way, the team with the best score at the end of the tour wins takes the trophy
This is not a race, but a very social experience with like minded people.
So only those that want to have fun need enter.
There will be a 4wd support vehicle with us.
They will carry all additional equipment you cannot carry (camping equipment etc) and will also carry emergency fuel, first aid kits and communications with the tour leader.
Extra fuel must be carried on the bikes
Alcohol to be consumed during the Tour
Bikes must have
Warrant of fitness
Insurance (Minimum of third party)
Be worthy for 3 days of good trail riding (this includes tyres)
Personal First Aid kit
Have enough fuel to travel at least 230km
Riders Must have
Good Riding Boots
Waterproof riding gear
Have Current NZ Drivers licence (Learners Ok, but must comply with licence restrictions)
Be confident Road riders
Be confident Gravel Riders
Land Access fees
Final Night Meal
** Note this ride is catered for beginners as well as experienced riders
This is a fundraising event and not a commercial operation, Experienced South Island tour operators will lead you.