Riding via Authurs Pass to Hanmer Springs

I decided to have an extra hour in bed this morning to allow the temperature to rise above zero, which also allowed for an extra round of breakfast.

The weather forecast for today was looking very changeable, with a very cold weather front heading towards the west coast of the south island.

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After clearing my hotel room and packing the bike, it was time to hit the road again. Today I was heading to Hanmer Springs via Authurs Pass, which is noted to provide spectacular views and winding roads.

The road from Lake Brunner traverses green fields surrounded by amazing mountain ranges, with mist rising from the mountains as the morning sun takes hold. I reached the summit of Authurs Pass around lunchtime, which provided an opportunity to fill up with petrol and have something to eat.

Hanmer Springs 2

The cafe at Authurs Pass appeared to be home to a flock Kea parrots, which are native to the alpine areas of New Zealand. These birds are very inquisitive, and known rip motorcycle seats and clothes with their strong beak.

My lunch companion appeared to be friendly, and didn’t make a beeline for my motorcycle or my fingers. Suitably refreshed, it was time to continue my journey south east to Christchurch before heading north again via Amberley to Hanmer Springs.

The riding during the afternoon was very cold, which raised concerns for my plans to ride to Fox Glacier tomorrow. Upon reaching the hotel it was time to dry out and find a bar. Will I be heading to Fox Glacier tomorrow or reroute to somewhere else?

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