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My New Zealand mountain adventure

 
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J1NX3D  



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2009 11:08 am    Post subject: My New Zealand mountain adventure Reply with quote

it started with a steamer


my g/f's from Wanaka so we're down here catching up with her family before she goes on exchange with the RAAF for 3 months.

So we flew into Queenstown and waited for our lift. This was my first time in QT and i was going to Wanaka for only my second time. Our trip took us through quaint Arrowtown which looks pretty sweet in the Autumn.



After Arrowtown and a quick excursion on the shotover jet...



... NZ's highest road came into view, Crown Range Rd, with no less than 7 switchbacks in the first few kms. This road used to be gravel and they wouldn't insure anyone on it with a rental car.



The views on this road are simply amazing and really do have to be experienced first hand.









It wasn't too long before we were above the snowline





We stormed through Cadrona but i'll get to here shortly.





Then we come off the range road, into the main street of Wanaka looking over Lake Wanaka.





The next day we returned to the Cadrona Valley. My g/f was really keen to take me up to Snowfarm and Snowpark. This road is the Race to the Sky hillclimb road which claimed the life of NZ rally icon Possum Bourne. His statue watches over this road and the valley.











I took video all the way up the mountain but it would be extremely boring to upload to youtube and watch 10 mins of us going 60kph up the thing so heres some youtube vids of Race to the Sky:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6p0Qh0wGkDs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Piv7Eq8n7Y

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The hillclimb is held over a 15km (9 mile)gravel course with the average gradient of 1:11 with a 137 corners 9 of them hairpins...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r16iuLoiazs

but sadly its over
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H64VrzXXn-k

Near the top of the mountain the road forks to go to Snow Park or Snow Farm.
Snowpark is where Ken Block and DC filmed this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Av0VsTxJd78

looking from Skifarm across the valley towards Cadrona Skifield on the next range



Some kite skiers at Snowfarm





At Snowfarm thy have winter testing facility that all the top carmakers use. To prove this story, here's a few maserati's I spied!!







After mucking around in the snow it was back down the mountain and home we went





If you ever get down to this part of the world, I definitely recommend driving these roads, the scenery is stunning!
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J1NX3D  



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm back home now

a few more pics.

Saturday coming back down the mountain from Cadrona skifield and back to Wanaka.






my flight out. the winter testing facility at snowfarm from the air.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2009 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a great country we live in!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow!!!

Looks a bit cold for me but perhaps I'm just getting old.

Didn't know they had put up a statue for Possum. That's nice. We used to race against him back in the day when I crewed on the Mainfreight Escorts. I remember he always seemed to be laughing when he wasn't in a car.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 1:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, brings back memories, visited Queenstown briefly during my year in NZ.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 3:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome Jinxed simply freakin awesome love to go there anytime.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2009 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad you like it Joe, the USD goes a long way here Chrenan, you were here for a year? cool!

Peter_in_AU wrote:
Wow!!!

Looks a bit cold for me but perhaps I'm just getting old.

Didn't know they had put up a statue for Possum. That's nice. We used to race against him back in the day when I crewed on the Mainfreight Escorts. I remember he always seemed to be laughing when he wasn't in a car.


one of the girls i work with on a WRC start crew had a story too. He was running late for a stage and came up to time control a wee bit too fast. late breaking on gravel = gave the easy-up with her in it a bi of a nudge. She stared at him in shock (and a bit WTH?!) and he looked her, gave her a smile and a wink and all was forgiven apparently lol.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2009 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Around here all that white stuff is sand. Brrrr too cold for me.
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