South Island GPX Adventure Routes

While RemoteMoto has product reviews, tyre reviews and articles, RemoteMoto is most commonly known for providing adventure riders with the highest quality information on over 1,000 individual adventure riding routes in the South Island of New Zealand. Ranging from Grade 1 (scenic) through to Grade 5 (highly challenging), the smorgasbord of routes provides all adventure riders with endless route planning options.

The New Zealand adventure routes are all displayed on a map which also includes over 680 interesting motorbike accessible locations (known as Mototokens, which are free to access), fuel stations, and motorbike accessible campsites and huts.

I often get asked how to use the individual routes (GPX files), so this article will focus on that question. It will give you an introduction to RemoteMoto's individual adventure route map, and two options for using the amazing network of New Zealand GPX files on RemoteMoto.

Firstly, click here to view the individual South Island adventure bike routes. This will provide you with a map that looks something like this:

The first thing to establish is that the RemoteMoto website does not work like an app. Instead, the RemoteMoto website provides you the highest quality resource to help you plan your next epic adventure ride route. While it is possible to use RemoteMoto on a mobile device, you will get the best experience by using a PC or laptop to plan your adventure route, before you set off on your ride. A large screen allows you to see excellent detail of large areas of the map (like the image below), and this is really helpful when planning the best adventure route.

A large screen is even more beneficial when zooming into an area of interest. In the example below I have zoomed in on Long Valley Ridge Road:

By clicking on the route (line on the map) you will get a popup like the example below:

Clicking on the link within the pop-up will take you to a page with detailed information, photographs, a downloadable GPX file, and a difficulty grading between 1 and 5. All this information comes from the route being personally ridden, photographed, and documented.

So, after you have downloaded the GPX files for your intended route, what next? Well, there are two main options...

Navigating to Individual GPX Files

If you are raring to go, or just want the simplest option, you can load individual GPX files to a GPS device, or a smart phone with a map app. Your GPS/smart phone will allow you to “navigate” to the GPX files, and guide you where to go. The benefit of this option is that it requires very little preparation work, you simply load the GPX files, and GO!

However, the downside of this option is that it can be quite time consuming when you are out on the bike actively riding. You start by loading the first GPX file to your GPS/smart phone, and then start navigating it. Then, once you have finished riding that individual GPX file, you will need to select the next GPX file in your intended route, and navigate that one. This process will continue until you have navigated all the GPX files in your intended route.

When you have an intended route that only contains a few GPX files, this can be a perfectly fine way to navigate, and will ensure you stay on-track with minimal downtime. However, if your intended route contains a high number of GPX files, this can be a cumbersome way to navigate, and can detract from the adventure riding experience.

Stitching GPX Routes Together

The best way to deal with an intended route containing lots of individual GPX files is to “stitch” them together with GPX editing software. By stitching them together, you ideally make one single GPX file for each full day of riding. This means you only need to load one GPX file to your GPS/smart phone at the start of each day’s riding.

In the example below, I have stitched together the GPX file for Long Valley Ridge Road, and several other GPX files, to create a more manageable, single GPX file.

As another example of the benefits of stitching GPX files together, if you were planning a two-day weekend ride, with Saturday’s intended route containing 14 individual GPX files and Sunday’s intended route containing 16 individual GPX files, you would:

Step #1 – Stitch the 14 individual GPX files for Saturday to create a single GPX file, and name it Saturday.gpx

Step #2 – Stitch the 16 individual GPX files for Sunday to create a single GPX file, and name it Sunday.gpx.

Now your entire weekend ride has just two GPX files. Saturday.gpx for Saturday, and Sunday.gpx for Sunday – too easy!!

More information on stitching GPX files together will follow in an upcoming article. 

Exploration Routes

Another option to make life easy for GPX navigation, are the RemoteMoto Exploration Routes. Exploration Routes range from day rides to multi day rides. They contain high quality photos, detailed route descriptions, downloadable GPX files (pre-stitched together as full day GPX files) PLUS all the important information such as fuel stops, food supplies, dining options, camping options, hotel accommodation, seasonal access information and route cautions. This is all provided in a printable booklet offering you the ULTIMATE adventure ride guide. Click here to view the Exploration Routes.

Author of this article: RMOTO