Leaving Wakfield the weather improved and the ride over the saddles was fantastic. We stopped briefly at the top of the Hope Saddle to take a few pictures of the fog before carrying on to Murchison. The Upper Buller Gorge was also wet but it is always a great ride too.
Further on down the road we stopped at the Brunner mine memorial for some photos before continuing on to Hokitika for lunch. In Hokitika we met up with a couple of other Southern Cross riders who rode off ahead of us into the wetness while we refuelled our steeds.
Heading further South we made good time even though we were always on wet roads and often riding in the rain. South of the glaciers we finally got clear of the rain and the riding just got better and better. We had another photo stop in Bruce Bay before paying a small fortune for petrol in Haast.
There will be video of our ride through the Haast at some stage but it will not properly do justice to the experience of riding this magnificent piece of road - just do it! One fantastic day's riding finally ended in lovely Wanaka.
Av speed: 93.2km/h