Video: Life Beyond Walls With the Smith Team - New Zealand, Part 3

Jun 2, 2015
by Smith Optics  
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Life Beyond Walls With the Smith Team - New Zealand Part 3
Just 25 minutes outside of Queenstown NZ you will find Coronet Peak. With the growing popularity of mountain biking in the area, this was a must-do for the SMITH team and just what was needed after the long drive.

Life Beyond Walls With the Smith Team - New Zealand Part 3
Life Beyond Walls With the Smith Team - New Zealand Part 3
Life Beyond Walls With the Smith Team - New Zealand Part 3
Just after getting a first taste of the famous Rude Rock Trail the clouds rolled in, and so did the rain. Our ride was once again cut short and we were forced to take shelter in the wrecked RV, the last place any of us wanted to be.

Life Beyond Walls With the Smith Team - New Zealand Part 3
Without much to do and the rain not letting up, we headed to breakfast. Arrowtown's a quiet, small bike-friendly town with loads of great cafes, character and a perfect place to stay if you are looking to get away from the tourist scene of Queenstown and still be close to the same great trails.

Life Beyond Walls With the Smith Team - New Zealand Part 3
Life Beyond Walls With the Smith Team - New Zealand Part 3
Life Beyond Walls With the Smith Team - New Zealand Part 3
After a morning of rain showers we headed towards the sun. We found ourselves winding up through neighborhood streets towards the Moonlight track trail head. With the jagged mountain landscape at our backs this made for a great detour while the weather cleared.

Life Beyond Walls With the Smith Team - New Zealand Part 3
Life Beyond Walls With the Smith Team - New Zealand Part 3
Life Beyond Walls With the Smith Team - New Zealand Part 3
We were down to the final hours of the trip and we had one last trail on our minds. The Arrowtown track starts just on the other side of the Coronet Peak lifts and drops through the country spitting you back in town center. It's a trail with a little bit of everything to offer. From steep shoots, high speed flats, to a dozen stream crossings that painted you in it's gold flecked soil, it was the perfect trail with which to end our trip.

Life Beyond Walls With the Smith Team - New Zealand Part 3

bigquotesAfter a loop of the South Island we have finally come to a screeching halt back at SMITH NZ HQ. Riding down to white sand beaches, amazing food, camping on the beach, vehicle problems, early mornings, wild trails... the list goes on and on. We've certainly packed in a month long journey into a short ten day window for one hell of an experience. It's crazy to think about how many things have to go wrong, for a trip to go right. Until next time... - Joey Schusler

Thanks for the ride New Zealand, we will all be back.

Team Riders:
Joey Schusler
Lars Sternberg
Mike Hopkins
Rosara Joseph
Alex “KrunkShox” McGuinnis
Carolynn Romaine

Photos: Paris Gore, and Joey Schusler
Film: Joey Schusler and Thomas Woodson
Words by: Mallory Burda, Team Manager

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For a full look at all the photos from the trip visit: www.smithoptics.com/lifebeyondwalls


MENTIONS: @SmithOptics, @hopkins, @joeyschusler, @parisgore



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13 Comments

  • 5 1
 I visited briefly earlier this year. Doc said it best in '85: We must go back.
  • 2 0
 Yah, as stated above but worth repeating - Corotown is actually called Slip Saddle, and is signposted as such by the guys that put so much work into building it.
  • 4 1
 I want life behind bars not life beyond walls
  • 2 0
 The Arrowtown Track is Slip Saddle and Bush Creek Combined built by the guys at Arrow Bikes.
  • 2 1
 Wooooo so mad!
Coronet looks heaps fun golly gosh!

Is that a protoype Yeti or am I tripping yet again?
  • 1 0
 Definitely need to go back to this wonderful country! 3 times is not enough!!!
  • 1 0
 And here I am having been to Whistler the last 3 summers and wanting to go back. I'll trade you!
  • 4 2
 Saw 'life behind' and got really excited and then I saw the rest...
  • 2 0
 bathroom pic is the Chopshop in Arrowtown, great food.
  • 1 0
 That Rosara Joseph is such a nagging Nana though! ;-)
  • 2 1
 Thought it said life behind bars for second ;(
  • 1 0
 First image that i opened after watching the video ? The Playboy one.
  • 1 1
 chea





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