South Island road trip (this Wed 4th Jan) 2 nights.

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South Island road trip (this Wed 4th Jan) 2 nights.

Post by KiwiBirkin » Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:30 pm

Hi guys if any one is intrested me & Clives7 are heading away for un organised 2 night road trip heading south, the organised part is to leave Spencer park (Brooklands) at 7am on Wed 4th Jan and be back in Christchurch on Friday 6th Jan.

The un organised part is to head south via Timaru to Palmeston and then head in land looping back to Dunedin for the night where we will be camping in tents either close to Dunedin or in Dunedin it self, the next day we head inland via Roxbough to Wanaka taking our time exploring on the way, we then will be staying at either Wanaka or heading on to Omarama for a overnight stay. Next day we may head up to Mt Cook and back and then home via Tekapo, Farlie, Geraldine.

We are planning to either free camp or stay in Top10s and we will be mainly getting takeaways and pub food, the trip wont be rushed and plans could change at any point (depending on weather)

If anyones intrested give us a txt on 02102286686 and ill ring back for a chat.

Cheers Stephen
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Post by KiwiBirkin » Tue Jan 03, 2012 5:45 pm

Well 2 has become 3...we now have Clives7 brother joining us in his V8 Mcgregor.

Looing forward to a few good roads in the Seven around the lakes district, ill post some stuff on facebook and upload some pics to Photobucket as we head around in the cars.

Yeh....... 8-)
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Post by nisseven » Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:15 pm

Spotted in Rakaia about 5 past 8 :D I was just getting the mail out of the box at our workshop and looked up to see three sevens disappearing into the distance. Have a good trip, great day for it today.

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Post by 7ish » Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:36 pm

Great day for a blat...I'm sure they'll have fun.
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Post by KiwiBirkin » Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:02 pm

We had a very interesting day guys.

Breakfast at Orari
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Christchurch to Omaru was pretty straight forward and the usual drag that South Canterbury straight roads are, 2 small breakdowns with a lose heatsheild and a lost bolt in my remote shifter setup. We then headed off to the coast rd from Omaru to The Mill House and back onto Hwy 1, this was a great road and really a nice drive.

Old quater Oamaru
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We next cut of HWY1 up the Trotters Gorge rd to Palmeston, it's a very narrow rd with plenty of great bends, trouble was the road was in crap condition and very bumpy. I had a big off on this road as I came over a rise to 85km marked corner to discover it was coverd in shingle and large stones, slammed the ankers only to start sliding towards a very large drop off and decided it was better to head into the bank on the right than kill my self on the big drop off on the left so put the power back on and brought the backed around and into the bank and up it to a very hard stand still.

Anyway managed to inbed lots of stones between the rim a and tyre wall on both left hand side tyres and slightly bend the steering rack mounting a wee bit a d damage under my nose cone. It could have been much worse as I checked out the drop off that I decided I don't want to go down and think if I hadn't put the power back on I would been killed or hurt really bad, a bit shaken up we carried on to Palmeston where the local garage sorted the tyres out and we managed to get the steering plate straightened out so I decided to carry on with the trip as the car was still driving ok and the tracking and steering felt fine. It has given me a big wake up call though, even though I know this car is like a small gokart and will handle corners faster than most normal cars it still needs to be driven properly on public roads, I think I was carrying far too much speed on the section of road prior to the blind corner and made a very stupid mistake doing so.

Next we went to the Macreas Ocieana Gold mine in South Otago and got a personal tour of the opencast mine from Dons son who works there, we got to go right to the bottom of the opencast pit and swathe massive 350 ton diggers working, as soon as I get chance I'll put up some pictures, after that we carried onto Middlemarch where it was a schorching 30deg, switched from jeans to shorts and drove the last leg to Dunners for a overnight stay with Clives7 other brother. The steering on my car seems fine so I'm carrying on the rest of the trip.

390 Tonne digger
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Gold smeltter
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Tommorow we are heading inland to Quenstown and up to Glenorchy and back for a stay in Wanaka via the Crown Range Rd. That's my report I'll post more tommorow.
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Post by TheMagnificentSeven » Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:51 pm

Holy s.... at least you guy's are ok.

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Post by Birdman 7 » Wed Jan 04, 2012 9:22 pm

Ouch!! Very glad you are still with us Steve.
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Post by Talkiet » Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:16 pm

Ouch, glad you're ok and well done on thinking through a bad situation.

I know that road very very well... I went to Uni in Dunedin for many years and most holidays I came back to Chch so I have variously played on the road in a 1000cc mini, 1600 cc 1982 Lancer, 2l Escort wagon, CRX Si, And a succession of Legacy GTs and GTBs... The road's always been a bit ropey especially some of the very unkind dips - they can cause normal cars to bottom out at speed... Since they really marginalised the road with the recornering near Hampden it seems to be getting worse - possibly less maintenance.

Assuming you're coming back the same sorta way, try the coast road going out of Oamaru South... It's lots of fun and comes out at... um (Checks Google Maps) Waianakarua rd back onto SH1 about 5-6k north of Hampden... It's a fun road too, and it's in really good condition.

[Edit - just read the first bit of your post again - you DID take the coast road :-) ]

Again, glad you're ok and enjoy the rest of the trip!

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Post by KiwiBirkin » Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:19 pm

I will post a big update tommorow on the last 2 days just got back from driving and need to spend time with the campers.
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Post by KiwiBirkin » Sat Jan 07, 2012 7:41 am

Day Two

Woke up in Dunedin and it was a nice warm morning and looked like it was going to be a great day for a drive through to Wanaka via the Central Otago townships, plans were to get my LH front wheels reblanced as the guy who took the stones oout at Palmeston put the tyre back on in a different place and I had a slight shimmy through my steering wheel a quick 20min job, then leave Dunedin and check out a public ferry crossing on the Balclutha river and then head to Roxburgh and on to Alexandra and then on towards Queenstown and over the crown range to Wanaka for the night.....oh how plans change.

Leaving Dunners we tried Firestone & Baurepairs who wanted us to wait about 1 hr before they could do the LH wheel balance so we decided to flag it and call in at some tyre place at Balclutha on the way, leaving Dunners though my steering wheel was vibrating more and more and and had also moved from a TDC driving position to a about 20deg to the R of center....now I must explain that after the crash into the bank when I pushed the car back on the road the driving position of the wheel had moved from TDC to 180 deg to the L, when we reset the steering arm plate at Palmeston we managed to get it back to about 300 deg position and then took the boss off and reset my steering wheel to TDC so at least my steering wheel was straight too look at while driving...so something had moved while driving through Dunedin or settled over night as really the wheel was back to where it would have been TDC before the crash (Hope you guys understand this explanation). Anyway to cut a long story short I was not happy with this and we decided to pop into Mosgil and get the both front wheels re blanced and have a look at the steering mouting plate while it was being done... then decide if I should head home or carry on.

Found a nice independant tyre shop who would balance both wheels right away and while they were doing that we got under the car and had a look at the steering plate and noticed that all four welds that are in the corners of the folds had split and the steering plate had now settled back to where it sat prior to the crash, I was not happy though with the splits as they could have carried on along the steering plate and the whole plate could snap off..BUGGER. Wheels came back from balancing with a report that the LH side one was buckeled too and that wascausing the bad vibration through the steering wheel, they had managed to balance most of it out and advise was it would be ok for the rest of the trip... but what about the split welds.

We had a chat with the tyre place owner to see if any local fabrication shops were open too see if I could get in and weld up the splits and he suggested we had down to see a guy at Preformance fabrication just down the road from him, so we headed along and he was open, Chris Hey was the guys name... he was such a nice bloke and was more than willing to help out and weld up the splits so the car was jacked up he proceeded to weld up the cracks for me, after we checked the steering arms were level coming out of the car. Chris runs a nice buisnes down in Mosigil and had a lovley SR20 powerd MR2 with 320hp at the rear wheel that he rallys all over the South island. Here is a link to a article about him and his car.

http://www.performancecar.co.nz/article ... a-mr-2-127

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Once again we aligned the steering boss so the wheel was back to TDC whch was now within a couple of deg or the orignal TDC position before the crash and we head off on the trip again looking for a place to have breakfast (total time in Mosgil for tyres and weld repairs 2hrs), after breakfast at Waihola the weather had set in with rain and after driving about 10kms in it I had had enough and pulled over we put the hoods on, we then decided to turn inland at Milton up the Manuka Gorge HWY8 and see if we could get away from this rain and we had also lost 2 hrs in Mosgil repairing my car it would also get us back on track for getting to Wanaka for a intended time. It rained stead all the way through to Reas Junction where it started to clear, my car was running fine and all the vibration had gone from the steering wheel so all was good.


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By Roxburgh it the weather was starting to break from the cold Southerly on the Otago coast to NW and warming up quite nice, by Alexandra we had the hoods of again and it was hitting 28deg (they sure do get nice summer weather there) We headed down to Cromwell and on through the kawarau Gorge Rd to the start of the Cromwell Crown range Rd for the drive over to Wanaka.


Coal Creek Flat just after Roxburgh
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Here I put the GoPro on Clives car as he was looking forward to driving the tight S bends and hoping for clear traffic on the way up, we waited for a good clear spot and he set off with Don giving chase and me following a slightly slower pase (one incident is enough for me) as I wanted to enjoy the road my way. Once over we stopped at the iconic Cadrona holtel for a couple of beers and to chew the fat about a very intresting day before heading into Wanaka to camp at the local Top10 campsite.

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Anway its a bit long winded this post but thought I would give a running report on the trip, the run through the central Otago roads were great the sceanry was fantastic and the road conditions were great, I will definatly come this way again on a road trip to explore some more of this area again.

Cheers Stephen
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