Archive for April, 2011

Totaranui 12th – 14th March Blog 152

Totaranui 12th – 14th March  Blog 152 The alarm goes off 5am we snap wide awake instantly and turn on the radio, we don’t have to wait long the earthquake in Japan is headline news but thankfully for us the tsnuami threat to New Zealand waters has diminished, exhausted we snuggle back for a few […]

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Nelson and beyond 10th – 11th March Blog 151

Nelson and beyond 10th – 11th March Blog 151 Stopping in Nelson town we stock up on a few things and give Simon and Sam a ring. They got in touch and invited us to stay after a friend of theirs met us on the road and emailed them our website. They are both out […]

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Marlborough Sounds 7th – 10th March Blog 150

Marlborough Sounds  7th – 10th March Blog 150 We head into Blenheim town centre, along with stocking up on food and fuel we have a few other missions to do, one quite important, our payment to Motokiwi for our clutch plates, thanks again Pete for such prompt service. We also get the chance to return […]

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Cooking the clutch 1st – 7th March Blog 149

Cooking the clutch 1st – 7th March Blog 149 Ingredients:1 Very large well matured Moto Guzzi1 Fast flowing soft bottomed river full of big rocks1 patient wife  (Karen wrote this bit)10000000000 sandfliesBloodLots of cash RecipeMarinade said large Guzzi in said large river (bayleaf optional) until it really sinks, swear a lot. Shout (swearing optional) at […]

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Off the beaten track 27th – 28th February Blog 148

We are away early and say ciao to Murray and Alison we will return in a few days, we have left some excess stuff with them to lighten our load. The sun is out it is a glorious day and the Molesworth is a fantastic track very reminisant of Mongolia in parts just on a […]

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Kaikoura 23rd – 27th February Blog 147

Kaikoura 23rd – 27th February Blog 147As we previously described in “the day the earth moved” we headed out of Christchurch and ended up in Kaikoura, we stopped here briefly with Murray on the way down to look at the seal colony and have a look around the town. Waking up in the DOC camp […]

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Christchurch 20th February – 22nd February Blog 146

Christchurch 20th February – 22nd February Blog 146 We wake about four times in the night nothing to do with the drinking last night but everything to do with the airbed going down approximately every two hours so we sleep in till 9.30. The good news is there are snags (sausages) for breakfast and tea […]

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Rockin down to Rocky’s 18th – 19th February Blog 145

Rockin down to Rocky’s 18th – 19th February Blog 145 We ride off the ferry about 2pm, Picton is such a small port that it’s hard to believe we are on another island as we head straight off up Queen Charlotte Drive. This is a scenic route hugging the Malborough Sounds on the northern coast […]


Japans earthquake 11th March 2011

Japans Earthquake 11th March 2011 We were in quite a remote area of the south island of New Zealand staying in a doc camp for a few days with no phone coverage so it was a while before we saw the newspapers and tv footage and realised quite how serious the situation had been in […]

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Wellington 16th – 18th February Blog 144

Leaving Napier riding down route 50 we crack on until we join route 2 which is the more scenic route to Wellington, only stopping to fuel up at Masterton and buy a flasher relay as our indicators come on but no longer flash. I suspect it’s the relay which is an electronic led specific one […]

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