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Old 4 May 2006
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Thumbs up New Zealand - 3 day tour of the South Island (Jan 07)

Hi all

Just got wind of what looks like a great tour.....
Cheap too!

January 13th - 15th or 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

DAY 1
You will start in the beautiful Vineyards near Blenheim, its then through the famous Molesworth Station before arriving at Hanmer Springs.

DAY 2
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.

DAY 3
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.

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Extra fuel must be carried on the bikes
Alcohol to be consumed during the Tour

Bikes must have
Warrant of fitness
Registration
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
Helmet
Good Riding Boots
Gloves
Goggles
Waterproof riding gear
Have Current NZ Drivers licence (Learners Ok, but must comply with licence restrictions)
Be confident Road riders
Be confident Gravel Riders

Included
Tour Guides
Land Access fees
Final Night Meal

Not included
Fuel
Accommodation
Meals
** 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.
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Need the cost of this ride
No alcohol is the only down side I can see, understand why though
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Haha

The alcohol they refer to is before and during the ride.
It is totally acceptable at the end of each day!!

Cost is $450 (but to be confirmed a little closer to the time)

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Please keep me on your email list, yes I am interested
Do you have or are hire bikes available? What cost?
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Also as I am the "Experienced tour operator" leading this tour, I would be happy to extend it for overseas travellers if you want at no cost

Of course the offer would need to be reciprocated one day

Hire bikes are available, I will post the link on here soon.

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Always food accom. and advice available here. It sounds like a good trip. Will wait and look at the hire bike details
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3 day Tour in South Island

Hi Kiwirider

Please can you put me down for this tour for the dates 17th-19th Jan. I will need to hire a bike for tour and will also be looking to hire bike of someone for a further 2wks to travel around. So if you know of anyone you could put me in touch with Ill be most grateful?

When would you like payment for tour?

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Hi there

I will unvestigate the hire bikes etc, and the payment will not be required until November some time

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did this trip a couple of months back..

...well - the first 2 days worth. We ended up bagging both days riding in one, as the weather and tracks were perfect. Stunning part of New Zealand and highly recommended. I'm a little suprised at the price though - does it include accomodation?

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Hi Y kiwi

This trip maybe similar to the one you went on.
No the price does not include accommodation.

Yes you could quite easily ride the 500 odd km in one day, but this is not a trail ride, there is many places to stop along the way and take in some interesting spots and to learn about the history etc.

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