Day 28 – Hanmer Springs to Picton (via Rainbow Road)

11:59 pm Motorbike/Motorcycle, New Zealand, Travel
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<<Maps to come>>

On the way back to Picton we decided to go the Rainbow road, which was closed on our way south.


As the pictures show, this area is quite rugged. I would not like to be here on a motorbike in the middle of winter!


Yes, that is snow on those mountains.


We had a quick lunch at Lake Tennyson, as it was freezing cold!


Pictures en-route to St Arnaud.


Truly magnificent scenery … and then some things that one doesn’t want to see. Following lots of reflection, I decided I was just going too slow for the conditions!   🙂   This is the first time I dropped a motorbike in 50,000km – and if this is the worst that will ever happen, I am a lucky rider.

Neither of us was hurt (except for my pride). The damage to the bike was less then NZ$30 (excluding scratches – which were fortunately quite limited). I had to buy a plastic bolt for the windscreen. The real problem was that we couldn’t pick it up – it was just too heavy.  So we took off he tank bag, tent, sleeping bags and top box, but still no luck. Then a pushbike rider came along, and the three of us just managed to get it upright.

The front brake had been rotated, and was not working properly, but once we returned it to the normal position, all was well.


I wonder how old this sign is – it is still in MPH!


And before long, we were back on the main road and on our way to Picton.


We took a little detour to see Lake Rotoiti in St Arnaud.


We then did a quick dash to Blenheim, where we visited friends for a couple of hours and then headed to Picton. It was night time by the time we arrived in Picton. We found a cheap motel and spent a short night before catching the early ferry to Wellington.

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