This year Show Weekend ride will be known as the TT. Here is an overview of the wonders in store.
I have put together Google maps that cover the route. These are broken into stages (based on the number of adjustment points Google would let me make to their suggested route). The links below for each day will take you to the Google maps, there will be a button on the page to toggle between the full maps and one with the turn directions. These will also work on your phone, just be aware that given the route cell phone coverage may not be available at all times.
Also linked below are pdf versions of the maps with directions. I'll have some print outs of maps on the day but it would be worth taking some time to check out the route.
Start will be 9:30 at my place in Wigram, I'll post my address on the Google group, drop me a line if you need more info.
There are gas stations on both side of Main South road just before you turn into Wigram Skies.
We go from Christchurch out the back roads thru Leeston sort of way, over the Rakaia and then via backroads down to Winchester, loop thru Pleasant Point via some awesome country roads and stay the night in Timaru (the first T). Distance for the day will be around 250 kms.
Start to Ashburton (102kms)(pdf map)
Ashburton to Winchester (69 kms)(pdf map)
Winchester to Timaru (81 kms)(pdf map)
Accomodation recomendation for Timaru
Glenmark Holiday Park, Beaconsfield Rd,
Ph: +64 3 684 3682
They have Motel type rooms that sleep four @35 each or Standard cabins at $28 per night. Both room types include bedding. They’ll take single bookings and fill up the rooms as we go.
If you call you end up talking to either Ian or April.
Today we start with an awesome trundle through country back roads down to Waimate.
From Waimate we have a few options, with a meeting point at Kurow.
- Option one is the one I’ll be taking on my old girl, all tarmac but still a bit of deviation from the main road.
- Option two is still around 60kms but takes a gravel road / dirt track, awesome views and is a pretty cool track. Note when you get to the top of the hill and all the gates are closed, take the option on the left that goes down the hill, you’ll know it when you see it.
- Option 3 is a bit further and heads south of the river and takes some back roads out of Oamaru.
Getting to Kurow should take us to about lunch time (I know big call judgeing time frames for a Canscoot run!).
The trip from Kurow to Tekapo doesn’t have too many back road options (apart from the Haka, if anyone is keen) the plan here is to head up the valley to Omarama. There is nice road that goes over the Aviemore dam and up the north side of the lake to Benmore dam before joining the main road again, we’ll go that way. Google wouldn’t let me show the Canal roads but we’ll turn off the highway at Lake Pukaki and head up the canals past the salmon farms etc.
Kms depend on route option but you’re looking around 280 for the shorter option.
Campground to Waimate (63Kms - 3kms of easy gravel on Hillboro rd between Daisy Hill rd and Woolshed Valley roads) (pdf map).
Waimate to Kurow (option 1 – all sealed) 66kms (pdf map)
Waimate to Kurow (option 2 short and gravel) 60kms. Turns to gravel at the intersection of Elephant hill road and Clarkesfield rd. (pdf map)
Waimate to Kurow (option 3 – south of the river) 122kms. (pdf map)
Kurow to Tekapo 154kms ( approx 90 kms from Omarama to Tekapo) – google wont show canal route, turn off at Lake Pukaki. – you could also do the Haka if people want. (105kms – mainly gravel). (pdf map)
Accomodation recomendation for Tekapo
Tekapo Motels and Holiday Park / Lakefront backpackers Lodge.
Ph: 0800 853 853
They have various cabins etc and a backpackers lodge. Dorms are either 4 bed or 6 and are $30 per person (inc bedding). The cabins are $85 for two people and then $20 for each additional. You’ll probably have to book a room and then get a few others to share it. You’re all big boys (and girls) and can cope this this I am sure.
Day 3 sees us head back to Christchurch from Tekapo via Route 72 Mt Somers, and Rakaia gorge, maybe a detour into Methven way.
Tekapo to Christchurch again about 260 kms. (pdf map)
I have tried to avoid main roads as much as possible and made an effort to include roads you would not normally travel on. Dean and I sacrificed ourselves and went for a ride to check them all out, it was tough but we survived. I can tell you the back country route though the Timaru / Waimate area are fantastic and will make for scootering heaven.It is certainly not just a matter of blasting down the main drag. You don’t want to miss out on this one.