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Queenstown to Otago - The Long Way

Last day of summer and first day of Autumn, well the best thing to do is to take your moto, pack the gear and go ahead !

 

It was one of these lonely few days trip that you have to take from time to time, just dirt your moto and you...

Just bought light, small Kathmandu mono tent v2, light good sleeping bag, fishing rod, some food and tiny portable gas cooker. This time camera stayed home, just took the phone with me...

Started from Queenstown heading to Cromwell and went through Thomsons gorge road, it is a nice pass in the Bendigo region at the end of Lake Dunstan, nice easy track with decent views, but plenty of gates ! Went to explore one of the side tracks to the right- a bit rocky at places and had a little of a crash but luckily all good...

 

Thomson Gorge
side track

 

From there got to the Naseby, and ordered pretty good pizza at the hotel, beautiful warm day, have to enjoy it not gonna be that pretty soon...

Next-> Danseys Pass, took this one pretty fast, lots of turns and good even gravel, must stop at the hotel. Stopped at the campgrounds to have a look, they have quite nice deep pool in the river and apparently some good spots for fishing nearby, didn't stay long

Plan was to head to Falstone camprounds, refuelled in Kurow and went on the northern side of lake Aviemore, lots of campers there, nice road and got to Benmore Dam always a nice stop to have a look (from here there is a very nice track Black Forest- but you need to talk to the farmer and pay the entry, $20 a year ago) Didn't go that way this time as I was still trying to get to Falstone campsite, Omarama next and along canals- great salmon fishing spots then to the campsite, the whole gravel road around lake Benmore is great with some awesome views, it was looking great by the sunset, there are a little misleading signs saying no motorbikes around campsite, just in case phoned the manager of the campsite and he confirmed road legal bikes are fine, ufff... 

 

From there got to the Naseby, and ordered pretty good pizza at the hotel, beautiful warm day, have to enjoy it not gonna be that pretty soon...

Next-> Danseys Pass, took this one pretty fast, lots of turns and good even gravel, must stop at the hotel. Stopped at the campgrounds to have a look, they have quite nice deep pool in the river and apparently some good spots for fishing nearby, didn't stay long

Plan was to head to Falstone camprounds, refuelled in Kurow and went on the northern side of lake Aviemore, lots of campers there, nice road and got to Benmore Dam always a nice stop to have a look (from here there is a very nice track Black Forest- but you need to talk to the farmer and pay the entry, $20 a year ago) Didn't go that way this time as I was still trying to get to Falstone campsite, Omarama next and along canals- great salmon fishing spots then to the campsite, the whole gravel road around lake Benmore is great with some awesome views, it was looking great by the sunset, there are a little misleading signs saying no motorbikes around campsite, just in case phoned the manager of the campsite and he confirmed road legal bikes are fine, ufff... 

Set up the tent, cooked some backcountry food, went for a swim, few casts with the fishing rod and time to relax...

 

Falstone campsite
found a nice spot by the lake
Flastone campsite in the morning

Woke up early morning at 6 am, packed everything, started to head back but could not resist beautiful morning and view of mt Cook in the background, time for a breakfast !

 

Breakfast with Mt Cook

Next going to Lake Pukaki and decided to ride the Pukaki River Track, nice ride along the river but lots or rounded rocks and can be very wet at times, it leads through funny bridge to the Haldon srm camping ground, pretty wild camping, from there alond Haldon arm road which is quite relaxing with some good views of the mountains and turned to Hakataramea pass road, when you look back at some point geat views of Mt Cook, very nice easy gravel road, few fords and creeks crossing but nothing serious.

 

 

Pukaki River
Kuba
Author of this article: Kuba
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