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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Radioman, May 19, 2011.
Mark, how does the riding and scenery in NZ compare with elsewhere?
After having a week of KIWI hospitality and company. It was time for them to get back to other things, and for me to start riding New Zealand. Had enough time riding on the left (like taking the training wheels off )
Headed off to do a little exploring.
Some lovely beaches in the north Island.
Stopped here at for a little time on the beach.
Ah. Life on the beach in Te Nuaere
As I was messing with my bike, Marvin comes across the street to ask if I needed a photo of me and my bike.... He is America, and lives in Seattle (near where I grew up)...... Super friendly and invites me over to his house for a cup of coffee. Then he and his wife Sue fix us some lunch.... Had a wonderful afternoon chatting. They live here part of the year, then back to Seattle. Thanks Marvin and Sue for the hospitality!!
Decided that I did not need to travel to much further for the day. The roads have these markers arrow is pointing toward you
Stayed here in Whangaroa here.
$25 NZD for a dorm room. I was the only one in this room for the night!
The owner Lindsay was an interesting guy who happened to be there. Took me into town to the local Fish Club for a couple pints.
Started out at the "Table of Knowledge" ..... Just below that sign the real sign. Had a good chat with some locals including Dan who is marrying a US woman from Ohio and in the long process of immigrating to the US.
Learning KIWI as I go. ....
Had a great fish and chips meal!
Next morning I had to go climb up to the mountain view. We always seems to have these kinds of things to see and do.
Sat up on top of the hill, admiring the views, thinking and appreciating the journey I am on.
the trek up and soon back down
Looking out to the west, enjoyed watching the sky change
The beauty of these little bays, with all the boats. it is easy to enjoy.
Richard, Laura, and Alex are staying and doing some work for the owner for a couple weeks. Really enjoyed meeting them!! hope you all have a wonderful trip!
Riding to Taupo Bay to see the area. Ah the lovely beaches!!
Then back to Manganui to try out the famous fish shop.
Yummy fish and chips.
So I just rode 80KM over to Ahipara to find a place to stay for the night. New Zealand is small enough to be able to enjoy and ride very short days doing so.
Had a few thoughts so far as I am in New Zealand. since everyone speaks english, and it is a first world country. Another rider emailed me and said that I might find it a "bit boring" after riding in third world countries. Been thinking on this, and have decided that it is just a different part of the journey. Easier in so many ways, but less challenging as well. Good roads, signs, language I understand (most of the time ) all the services.
Funny about the internet though. You get WIFI at the hostels but a limited amount of MB that you use. It is free or $2 for 50Mb or 100Mb then it stops. Really is funny as I started uploading photos and preparing my blog yesterday and I ran out of my limit :huh :huh Different system here on internet usage. I am sure there will be many more unique things to experience. The KIWi's have been amazingly friendly and warm.
Looks like I will take the day off to explore the beach today!!
It is a great place to ride. Good roads, all the services you need. A place you say... I could live here. The scenery in the north is very nice, not much traffic, great beaches and lovely people!!
Know the south Island will have more dramatic scenery !! Lots more riding to come over the next couple months
Phew, finally caught up to date on this amazing ride.
Welcome Aboard HC
Just a warning: after getting used riding on the left, be very careful when you go back riding on the right. After one year in England, I suddenly found myself on the wrong side of the road back home (Portugal). :huh
I think the reason is: while you are abroad in the left-riding country, you are extra careful because you know it is different and new. But when you go back home, you relax and don't think about it. And that's when the new habit of left riding might kick in :eek1.
Wow, this is long. I'm reading the first part and then come to the last part to see what's current. This is some Chapter 3. Maybe consider having a guest helmet. Charlie might just have come along for a while.
I really like that first page with all the links on it. Very good idea.
Persevere to persevere.
Thanks, Radioman, for sharing yourself, your life, and your journey.
You have brought tears to my eyes, sadness to my heart, smiles to my face, and excitement to my brain, all within a few paragraphs. This ride report has taught me several things, one being how to write a better ride report...for which I am grateful. Through your sharing, I have been able to experience places and people that I may never be able to experience or meet on my own.
I have been reading too much too fast and find it a bit sad that I am now caught up. I can't wait to learn about what lies ahead for you.
Vaya con dios mi amigo!
thanks for the warming and good advise
Indeed a good new chapter! Thanks for the comment on the first page index. Thought it would be helpful for people looking for specific countries later on....
Glad your along.
Thank you for the kind comments. Sharing my life and this ride has been a real pleasure as I connect with amazing people. I cannot begin to express my gratitude.
Got another amazing email from someone who has followed my ride, and found strength and courage to handle difficult physical recovery. Humbled to have been able to help!
Sometimes it is not all about riding. for me trying to figure out how to slow down, sit on a lovely beach and enjoy the solitude, peace and beauty is important!!
Nice beach at Ahipara
Enjoying road signs along the way as well.
and of course another very nice meal....
Staying at a really great "hostel" across the road to the beach!
with a great place to sit and enjoy!!
The great thing about Hostels is the gathering areas and kitchens, as other travelers can interact and enjoy the company! As a solo rider it is great! Photos to be posted later. But had some great Swiss, German, Swedish travelers last night!! Really enjoyed meeting and talking with them.
I am way behind on your RR because I am traveling as well, so I just now saw this. Be strong my friend! You set an example for me!
Beautiful beach photo. Hairy legs..... Not so much.
The Endless Summer hostel is a great place. Has a great kitchen
Was good to be able to get up and cook myself and Omelet for breakfast. Most of the hostels have limited pans and cooking gear.
But one of the best parts is the large Kauri Tree Table under the grape vine arbor. A place where everyone gathers to eat, get to meet each other. Also a great part of travel is to meet others and share their stories!
As I rode south through the Semi Tropical forests know for the large Kauri trees, I got to enjoy the wonderful twisty roads
Had to take a 10 minute car ferry
Then was looking for the largest Kauri Tree in NZ
Here it is
Hard to show how big it is, and the great sweet smell of the forest
But here are the specifications
When I came back to my bike, a couple of old Bentley's were waiting. HAd a great chat with the driver and his wife of this car.
Had to chuckle as I was looking at this car, people were checking out my bike
The ride along the west coast sweeps along sections of ocean, with the cool Blue waters.
Really great riding with nice roads, and great people. Lots of places to explore. I did not plan where I will stay as usual, just looking for someplace nice. Rode out to Baylis Beach. Always love the water, waves, sunshine of the beach.
Took a short ride up the beach, but the sand was soft, so I did not venture too far, as the bike fully loaded, and I am on my own.
Decided to spend a bit more and stay here. A place to relax, swim in the heated pool, listen to the waves crash the beach, and watch sunset over the ocean.
Had a nice meal in town
Enjoyed sitting on the deck near the pool watching the sunset into the ocean. No green flash.... But it was great.
There are times on this adventure that I am alone with my thoughts. It's not a bad thing as I journey throughout the globe. Many things I would love to share with a special woman by my side, knowing I did this once and it was a great time in my life. But this time has been good also, as I try to take it all in. Breathe, relax and appreciate the moments that I have, as this chapter unfolds these are lessons to be learned.
Nice! The Kauri Museum at Matakohe on your way south is well worth a look.
Thanks Clint. Packing up and riding to Museum next
A good source of information on good off road routes is:
I trust your aware of the DOC huts that are very cheap to use in the more remote areas.
Hope to try out a few