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Peninsula Mototoken Run

It was time for another lap through the Peninsula to set another round of Mototokens. With Spring approaching, the weather had become increasingly changeable and a lot more rain had been falling. The best slot we could find was a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, so we locked in those dates, packed the bikes, and set off.

We entered the Peninsula via Birdlings Flat and over the causeway. This location was set as a Mototoken years ago. In recent times, the old gravel causeway was replaced with a bridge. As some will have experienced, it has the reputation for catching riders off-guard with the deep loose beach stones.
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The weather was certainly on our side, warm with blue skies.
This was the first overnight run with the new RemoteMoto luggage on the KTM 350.
Looking out over Kaitorete Spit.
Picking up altitude along Bossu Road and getting some fairly impressive backdrops.
We shot down to Magnet Bay so Jessie could claim the Mototoken.
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Soon after, we shot over to the next bay to claim the Boaz Rock Stack Mototoken.
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We set this Mototoken at Bossu Bluffs. An impressive rock formation that can be seen from numerous angles in the area.
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Not far from Bossu Bluffs this Mototoken was set looking out over Lukas Peak.
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Devils Gap
This was definitely one of the best views of the trip. The snow laced mountains of the Main Divide, the ocean to the left and Lake Ellesmere to the right is an impressive sight!
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Nearing Akaroa, close to our accommodation for the night, this Mototoken was set at the Kaik.
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The Airbnb place we booked was great. Super comfy, a good fire and a deck with great views over the harbour. This was our base for two nights as we set Mototokens in the area during the days.
The deck overlooking the harbour.
The Peninsula Mototoken set couldn't be considered complete without the historic lighthouse.
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It was then off to Akaroa Head, the original location of the Akaroa Lighthouse where the lighthouse keeper used to live.
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Akaroa Head
Shooting up and over into Flea Bay
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Flea Bay
Heading out towards the northern bays and claiming the Le Bons Bay Lookout
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Le Bons Bay
I was pretty stoked to set Goat Rock as a Mototoken. It's a really cool little rock formation
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Lunch on the beach at Okains Bay.
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Okains Bay. Both the KTM 500 and the KTM 350 are testing the new RemoteMoto luggage.
While there is already a Mototoken set in Okains Bay, and Mototokens are not normally set too close to one another, the Okains River Walking Bridge is pretty cool so it was set as a 5 pointer.
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Here is a Mototoken that has some history behind the area it is located - the Post Office in Chorlton. Most notably was the settlement rivalry between the residents of Chorlton and the residents of Little Akaloa. In fact, things became so heated, Little Akaloa’s Hotel named the Pig and Whistle, was burned down three times!
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Dropping down to Little Akaloa, the little wharf was set as a new Mototoken.
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From Little Akaloa, the dead end Decanter Bay Road leads over into two great little bays - Decanter Bay and Menzies Bay. Two Mototokens were set here, this one is the Decanter Bay Rock Stacks.
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...and at the end of the road, Menzies Bay Lookout.
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Time ran away on us and not as much ground was covered to set all the Mototokens planned. Banks Peninsula has a lot to offer adventure riders and it is very easy for time to slip away as you are poking your nose down the numerous roads and bays. This is not a bad thing, quite the opposite, as it means another trip has to be planned to set the remaining Mototokens :)

This was the last Mototoken set on the trip as we made our way back home – Cantons Bay
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