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Thread: South Island Back Roads Info needed please

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    Cool South Island Back Roads Info needed please

    Wifey is a Botanist. See her website Welcome to the Kaimai Bush. With her passion for plants, especially those in the bush or at altitude we are heading off to the Sth Island in Nov-Jan so she can photograph alpine plants. Have done: Altimarloch, Beebees Knob, Rainbow, Molesworth, Arthur's Pass, Old Man Range, Dunstan Trail, Mt Hutt, Thompson's Gorge. Itinerary for this trip could include some of above, but going to visit Nevis, Borland Road (Manapouri). Probably have a look at Catlins and Mavora Lakes.
    Any further suggestions for a couple in their late 60's, camping? Vehicle is 2016 Suzuki Grand Vitara with 17" A/T's, but travelling solo.

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    Oteake

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    We're in invercargill. Happy to offer you a bed if you're through this way

    Depending on your route include lindis pass and the lakes tekapo etc.

    When you looking to travel? Nevis will be a challenge atm

    PM if you want to chat

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    +1 for Oteake go in at Mt Buster end you can overnight at Tailings Hotel or the old Ida Burn railway station that was towed in by bulldozer seen several vitara's in there in summer.

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    When you go to Mavora Lakes go for a drive into Mount Nicholas stn and Walter Peak via the upper Oreti river valley and Von River, good views and good fishing too.
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    recommend the Borland road and you might be able to stay at the camp.also lake hauroko and the dean as well as the rowallan see the farm manager at the start of the hump track lots of forestry tracks in there.
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    Not at the moment. Will be early to mid summer. Need warmth for the 'right' plants to be out. Thanks for the invitation Simon. Will make contact as warmer weather approaches.

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    Ah, yes Oteake. Forgot that area.

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    Following with interest! What a cool thread.. Me and my darling go over every couple of years...Name:  IMG_20170202_170327.jpg
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    Got to get into the Kahurangi if native plants are your thing.
    Kahurangi today has more than half of New Zealand’s 2400-odd native plant species and over 80% of all alpine species. Its flora is the most diverse of any national park and includes 67 plant species found nowhere else.
    PS. We live near the park so you are welcome to stop in/stay if over this way.
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    That time of year they will be all easy gravel roads, no 4wd needed. At the moment Old Man is no-go and Nevis has snow but passable (the Garston end is a bit lumpy through the river bed), Thompsons Gorge is usually OK all year.
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    Yep, Shirley has spent time in NW Nelson with the Fungi Forays she attends each year. We have deliberately divided the S.I into areas to visit each trip. Love it!! Couple of years ago we camped on Molesworth near Lake Sedgemere for 10 days. Fed ill-prepared travellers and were surprised when one muppet asked "What is there to do here?" Sadly, some have lost the spirit to explore.
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    Stop it Roktoy! Love Old Man Range. A botanical extravaganza. I got heaps of 'credits' for taking the missus up there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ingrid 51 View Post
    Stop it Roktoy! Love Old Man Range. A botanical extravaganza. I got heaps of 'credits' for taking the missus up there.
    I'm a bit of a plant person myself. All of our trips whether camping tramping or 4wding include too many plant pics.
    When you traversed the rainbow road did you look up the Edwards Valley and Mailing pass?
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