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General Skyline Discussion / Bye Bye Skylines
« on: September 24, 2009, 05:13:10 PM »
Today I traded my faithful R33 25T on a family car - it's been quite a few good years. Previously I had a R32 GTSt from 1995 through to 2000, and then traded that on the R33.

R33 had 36,000 km on the clock when I got it, and 241,000 when I traded it. Not bad, considering it's the original stock turbo, still boosting with no howl.

14 years of Skylines, was in SDU from 1999(ish?) though to 2003 ish. Good times.

Off-Topic / 3 Weeks in the South Island Roadtripping and MTB
« on: June 11, 2006, 09:31:42 AM »
3 weeks of road tripping in the South Island - this will be in several parts with pictures. All pictures are clickable thumbnails.


And so it all began, I was aiming to fly into Nelson from Auckland on Origin Pacific.

Lesson #1 - the bike is included in your baggage allowance which totals 15kg. $5 per kilo for anything over. Total checked baggage (including my bike) was 35kg. I was let off $70 lighter

Just as we took off from Auckland, a child a couple of seats ahead of me threw up. The cabin was filled with a smell that terminated any hunger pangs I may have been having at the time. The rest of the flight was pretty sweet until the approach into Nelson which was very rough with a very strong crosswind - shades of Wellington style landings

After landing I gathered my gear and dragged it all over to the Air NZ terminal where the rental agencies were. No dramas getting the car sorted, but lots of dramas getting it all to fit in!

I stayed that night in a cabin at the Top 10 campground in Motueka. Top 10 campgrounds are usually pretty good with clean facilities so thats why I prefer to stay in them, less chance of getting attacked by a mutated shower curtain.

I had a quick spin on the bike around the back streets of Motueka the next morning before pointing the car inland down the Motueka Valley Highway - it was very picturesque (sp?).

After checking into the motel in St Arnaud, I put the bike together again and headed out to the Teetotal flats MTB tracks. DOC have put these tracks together around the old Teetotal road. I rode around for a couple of hours initially on the loop track, but then started following random sheep tracks. I got pretty wet fording some of the streams and swampy bits. Otherwise it was well worth it.

The next day I threw some lunch and a drink into my Pikau and headed up onto the tops for the day. The motel owners suggested driving up Mt Roberts to the top carpark and walking from there - it was a very quick way to gain altitude. The walk up through the beech forest was great, as I climbed I could see the Murchason valleys etched with fog.

Once up on the tops I headed for the ski field and the ridgeline above it. There was a fair bit of cloud around which made it pretty cold at times so I ended up wearing my Krank jacket - yet another use for it!

I sat on a mountainside with peace of mind and vision clear
walked for days with no-one near

After a great day on the tops I returned to the carpark in the late afternoon. I picked up a 6 pack of beer from the shop but was too tired that night to even drink one.

Next day I headed south to Fox Glacier. The day was one big blur of driving. I managed to get the rental car down to 9.2 litres per 100km, which was essential given the arse reaming petrol prices on the west coast.

I dodged rain all the way from Greymouth south, it was freezing cold everytime I stopped to take in a view or to have a leak at the roadside.

The next morning dawned fine and clear - I'd splashed out and booked a heli-hike on Fox glacier today and I'd been praying for fine weather.

Lesson #2 - they will let you take your own boots if you want, instead of wearing the 'loaners' they have for punters. I then wished long and hard for my Merrells which were safely back at the motel.

The helicoptor flight up the glacier was nothing short of brilliant.

After checking out the top ice fall and the spectacular Victoria falls we landed on the ice and joined the rest of the heli-hiking groups that had been ferried up the glacier. We were given crampons and an alpenstock (stick with a spike on the end) and instructed how to walk.

The woman in front of me was one of those people who never listen to instructions so I spent much time waiting while she got stuck climbing up ice steps and falling down holes. At the first chance I jumped ahead of her and instead got to follow a pretty South African woman. Much better.

We saw ice caves, crevases, waterfalls, cracks, ice, and ummm ice. All in all it was an awesome way to spend a couple of hours. Talking to the guide later he was saying that very few New Zealanders go on these trips (I was the only kiwi in the trip of 33, made up of 3 groups with a guide in each group) It was so worth it!

The flight off the glacier was less spectacular - flying down the other side of the valley back to Fox township. Back at the motel I put the bike together once again and went out for a lazy spin down the road. I was rewarded with some great views of the glacier and southern alps.

The rest of the story with heaps more pictures at



Off-Topic / Camera + mountainbike
« on: March 12, 2006, 12:04:13 PM »
Recently I've been taking a camera with me on some of my mountainbike rides, I've found some great views that I've not seen before either because I was driving and not going slow enough to appreciate the views, or using the bike to get into previously unaccessable areas.

I'll post up a couple of thumbnails which will hopefully link to some galleries.

And yes - I can fit a bike in the back seat of my R33 4 door!



General Skyline Discussion / Anyone driven a Pulsar S-RV 1.8 4wd?
« on: September 12, 2005, 06:48:11 PM »
I'm kicking around the idea of one as a 'get me to work' and 'carry the mountain bike' car... Looks ok on paper... anyone got any comments on them?

I know they are not the world's fastest or sexiest car, but the appeal of a 5 door hatch with a Nissan badge is strong.



General Skyline Discussion / R33 + baby seat
« on: July 03, 2005, 05:36:41 PM »
Anyone know if it is easy to add a baby seat restraining bolt into a R33?

The baby seat goes fine in the RVR as it has a mounting point built in, but I hate driving that!



Moderator Forum / Email for forum admin
« on: July 03, 2005, 08:52:38 AM »

I've had a couple of emails from users attempting to register - they say the link to contact the forum admin is dead - email is

Users are:

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Darkness if you could do your magic on them please.



Off-Topic / Future illegal p0rn
« on: June 30, 2005, 07:14:56 PM »
With the cost of petrol going up, I'm sure my kids (if I ever have any!) will be passing pictures around the schoolyard like this one....

Who can identify it? Who was it made for? What was it used on? etc...

I know, so I'd be interested in your answers!


Off-Topic / Interesting stuff about NZ you didn't know
« on: February 06, 2005, 01:13:06 PM »
From a US website put together for a school project:

  New Zealand   has any carnivores but my favorite is the leopard and the Wheke octopus. The Wheke octopus can change colors to hide, and shoots out thick black ink to confuse his prey. The leopard moves slowly on to its prey and pounces.

their are more sheep than people in New Zealand . There is the second biggest cheese factory on the south island. Every day in Auckland there is four milk vendors and two others in cars to deliver milk to everyone in Auckland.

There are 3.66 million people in New Zealand . The capital is Wellington ;  Wellington is located on the north island near crook strait. The north island is warmer, then the south island. New Zealand  is civilized like every one else they have mines, electricity plants, cities, factories, and stores.

I chose this place because I always wanted to go to New Zealand , because my dad went there when I was young and he loved it. He saw a 25 foot long flower but he never found out the name neither have I.

Off-Topic / 'The Stig' from Top Gear
« on: January 30, 2005, 07:43:55 AM »
He’s raced in Formula One, competed in the legendary Le Mans 24 hours and battled for honours at Sebring, but in the career of Perry McCarthy – dubbed by some as ‘the world's unluckiest driver’ – one thing must surely stand head and shoulders above the rest.

And that thing? Taking on the role of the mysterious ‘Stig’ on popular British motoring show Top Gear. took the chance to catch up with Perry recently, to talk about life as the ‘Stig’ and find out just how easy it is trying to teach a celebrity to become a race driver…

Off-Topic / I like Euro Honda Accords, but god doesn't
« on: October 30, 2004, 08:15:28 AM »
Spotted yesterday

Off-Topic / Garmin Mapping GPS
« on: October 24, 2004, 10:56:57 AM »
GPS have more use than just measuring speed and distance....

If any members have a Garmin mapping GPS (Legend, Vista, 60c, 76c etc) I'm working on a project for a set of 'open' maps for NZ roads.

So far I've finished the North Island.

Pretty good for rural and backroads!

Feedback appreciated.... I'm aware the regional maps have few streets named in the city areas and I'm working to produce maps based on hybrid data. So far I've done Hamilton and Wellington. The uckland region is based on current data and 99% of the streets are named.



General Skyline Discussion / Top R33 tip
« on: July 14, 2004, 07:42:55 PM »
Now I've had my R33 25t for over four years now, I've finially cracked a problem that has annoyed my since day 1 with it.

Filling it with petrol. The filler neck backs up something chronic...had to slow fill it, 1 teaspoon a minute or the petrol pump would click 'off'.


Holding the nozzle tilted at the 7-8 o'clock position = high speed filling. Now I don't hand round petrol stations so long anymore.



Off-Topic / Skylines Downunder Forums Terms and Conditions of Use
« on: January 01, 2004, 10:20:16 PM »
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South Island / Help! Dunedin to Queenstown
« on: February 23, 2004, 06:31:17 PM »
I have to go to both Dunedin and Queenstown for work next month, and due to some factors (i.e. company policy) I will have to get a rental and drive from Dunedin to Queenstown...

Now, whats the best way? State 8 or State 87? I want to see the scenic stuff...suspect 87 is the best that way but how much time would it take to drive either route? Will I have to leave Dunedin at 4am to get to Queenstown for 9am?



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