Saturday & Sunday November 2nd & 3rd 2019 After a 5-year absence it’s back !!! The 3rd running of the Kaipara 600, a 2-day 640 km ADV ride around both sides of the Kaipara harbour. Accommodation for both Friday and Saturday nights is at the Wellsford Inn, Hotel. Clean and cheap fully made up rooms, and we get to ride without carrying luggage on Saturday. Single Rooms from $60.00 - Twin share rooms from $40.00 per person - Contact them on 09 423 8046. Or if you require something a bit fancier the Sun Valley motel is 600m away with lots of different room options. An early morning 8.00am start on Saturday as we head through some tight and twisty gravel roads on the way to Dargaville. ( These roads were used as special stages when the WRC international car rally used to come to NZ ). From there down to Pouto Point and onto the beach. A visit up to NZ`s oldest wooden light house at the top of the sand dunes ( for the adventurous ) and then carry on up the beach for 55 km`s ( having a play on the way ) to Baylys beach. Lunch and refuel in Dargaville then we wind our way up towards Whangarei and then down to Maungaturoto via some more awesome gravel roads that some unlawful riders have been known to hit speeds of 140 km/h on ( not me officer ) Back to Wellsford for a well-earned beer or 3 The pub does a pretty good `Pub type` meal, or there are plenty of takeaway bars and cafes within staggering distance. Saturday Ride Distance around 480 km`s Sunday Morning, a more leisurely start at 9.00 am Leave Wellsford, a quick visit to Port Albert and then head down to Hellensville via some more tight and twisty gravel roads and head up to the top of south head. A gnarly little sand track takes us onto Muriwai beach for a 30 odd km ride down the beach into the village of Muriwai itself. Lunch at the Sand Dunz cafe and we should be all done and dusted by 2.00 pm to allow us all time to get home before dark. Sunday Distance 160 km`s. Suitable for both big and small Adv Bikes ( though if you want to try the optional challenge of the sand dunes up to the lighthouse you will need knobblies ) Maximum Fuel distances between Petrol stations of no more than 180 km`s. This will be a corner man style ride but I will also have basic route instructions available or a GPS track available for those who want it. You will need to apply for a permit to drive on the Muriwai beach on the Sunday ( Permit is free and takes a couple of minutes online ) see link..... https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz...riving-permit-muriwai-karioitahi-beaches.aspx The date of the 2nd & 3rd of November is the only weekend date before Xmas that the tides are right for the 2 beach sections.