Not in the South Island but still no traffic to speak of. Started with a run down to Raglan on the West side of the Waikato, bit out of the way but it's a terrific road. The bike ran sweetly for the day apart from a minor cock up about how much fuel was in it to start with, luckily there was a gas station just out of Raglan.
Lunch at Pirongia and a look at the forecast at http://www.metvuw.com/ gave some cause for concern. Nasty weather topmorrow and a late start today seem to have put off tomorrows planned trip around Mount Egmont. Heavy rain coming in from the Tasman made decided me to head down the centre of the Island rather than the west coast so I turned off at Te Kuiti and went down to Tangawai to see the outcome of Mt Ruapehu's lahar, most impressive (see photo), glad it stayed where it was supposed to be.
Got to wonder what I was thinking of with the shorts and short sleeved shirts on the bags. Autumn has come to this part of the country and from being over dressed I started to welcome the inner liners of the motorcycle cloths. I suspect I'll be glad of the thermals!
Nice motel in Taihape (Aspen Court) for $95 and an excellent dinner (albeit a touch pricey) at the Cafe Exchange in town.