Day 17 – Dunedin to Thomson’s Gorge

11:59 pm Motorbike/Motorcycle, New Zealand, Travel
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We left Dunedin just before lunch. The road out of Dunedin is great and has wonderful tar seal. We then turned onto the Dusntan Road, and to my surprise it was sealed.  This lasted for several kilometers.

This is where the road finally changed from sealed to dirt.


Once up in the high country, the road was fairly straight, although bumpy in places due to the underlying rock.P1040204P1040214P1040212

We only met one car on the first half of the crossing.


One of the buildings en-route, and a deer farm.


The area is very rocky.  How would you like a rock of this size in your back yard?


We followed the location of the Dunstan road on the GPS, and it turned left into a paddock that no longer has a gate or road. So we took the long way around (see the U shape in the map above).

However, later the road turned again where there was no signs of one, but this time there was a gate, and it was possible to see that this was a road at one stage.


So we followed the ‘road’ and it lead us across the fields – but we could see the remains of a road at all times.


After about a kilometer we came across another road – it was the Dunstan Trail!  I have since taken a good look at the terrain in Google Earth, and have found that the track we came does appear to have been the original road, but that one can now use a dirt road that goes a different way at this time. We essentially took a shortcut.

Here are some more photos of the terrain.


The Poolburn Reservoir.


Given the temperatures in the middle of summer, I think it is wise to stay clear in winter.


Some of the beautiful wild flowers growing by the road.


Once we got back onto the main roads, they were very straight.


We proceeded into the Thomson Gorge, but given that we had camped there before, didn’t take many photos along the way.  See our previous post for more photos ( and

However, we camped in a different spot – this one was much more private.  The only way in was in a small track – no way a car could get through here.


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