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Old 28-01-2018, 04:10 PM   #2
Mapping the next ride...
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Default Re: AusTouring homebaked....New Zealand Back Country Discovery Route

Main aim is to create a continuous ADV route from tip-to-tip to bypass as many highways and local traffic as possible....while seeing much more of the country than what most tourists (and many locals) will ever dream of.

Rideable on anything remotely "ADV"... from Posties to Fat Pigs. With full kit + travel gear.
Some of it will be not advisable on rental ADV-bikes, unless you're prepared to bear the consequences/ cost (check your rental contract THOROUGHLY!!)

A few stretches will be toll-roads (i.e. Rainbow Rd., or shipping across Lake Wakatipu etc).
Routes will be a mix of tar+ gravel with preference given to the more scenic route, whichever it is.
As a whole, the route will NOT be suitable to a "gravel-newbie"!!

The general orientation is north-south and routes are thought of as a generally continuous direction with side-trips or semi-loops added.
Many parts will have 2 or more "sort-of parallel" alternative routes which will be named as such.
Those options can be mixed + matched at intersecting locations to easily facilitate swapping i.e. from one side of the island to the other while still generally continuing the ride north or south.

Needless to say that the AT version will be Google-map + paper-map based.... those who want to transfer the Gmaps to GPX files or such are welcome to do so,
please post up the files, too! If there's a file-storage issue, pls let me know, I'll figure something out.

What it's NOT:

The fastest way from A->B.
The shortest way from A->B
A 3/7/10/15 day Golden-Guide to "The Best of NZ" ......or any stretch or part of the place.

I've got no idea at this stage how many weeks or months it would/ will take to ride the whole thing top-to-bottom.
YOU pick which part you want to use...when...for how long...with which bike...whatever.

All it's going to be is a ~15.000km/ 9.000mi route from top-to-bottom of UnZud by the most scenic routes and breathtaking roads and tracks. I can only hope you'll ever get the chance to ride part...or even ALL...of it.

Completion date around mid-April 2019, after a final 2-week "fact-finding" ride...of course
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