once more we are back in South Island but this time on bikes. Sigh! My son and I planned this for almost a year. Hired bikes. The BMW F800GT being the said set of two wheels. With panniers and top box plenty of space for everything but the esky, but hey NZ has plenty on offer. Left Christchurch this morning after having plenty of little problems including the gps unit flying off the bike. Got them out of the way so hopefully the rest should be fine ! First day, short ride up to Hanmer Springs, 135 kms. The bike handles well, it's not an S1000RR but has enough grunt to overtake without too much of a problem. Manoeuvrable. The weather, cold and grey and a light drizzle as we left Christchurch. Roads beautiful. Plenty of traffic as it is a long weekend. Heading off for the west coast tomorrow. Hope the sun decides to come out and play. What a beautiful country this is. The people so friendly. The beer is cold and the food is great. Photos will come when I'm able to get them.