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Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by enduro0627, Sep 5, 2020.
Did anyone ride this route before?
More questions to follow...
In some other configuration...yes.
All easy, quick gravel and some good tar seal
Jacksons Rd. for something a bit less mainstream.
Peria Vly Rd. south
Hmmm, spotted that Mangatoetoe Road sign...I may have done some of that years ago on the Concours...
I possibly made a navigational error...
Jacksons Road is a forestry road with a big F off gate at the western entrance-did it earlier this year,dont recall gate at eastern end.Andrew,liaise with Mark Waters who helped us (and fed us last time) he knows every road in the area-get him on cmh2os@xtra co nz.-I am sure he would like to join us again.
Didn't see a gate at the eastern end....(which doesn't mean there wasn't one, I was taken by the views.
There's also the Omahuta Forest/ Kauri Pa loop at the western end which was in good nick then (at time of prepping for the Araroa Trail, I guess).
Mokau Ridge track is locked solid at the Waiare Rd. end.
Yes, I am mostly "concerned" about that bottom part. I will reach out to Mark.
Thanks for all the feedback.
As Glitch says...all easy secondary sealed road and gravel combo.
If you are looking for more then l would suggest you might look at turning in Kohumaru Rd, Kenana Rd, Tipatipa Rd, Otangaroa Rd, Weber-Waihapa Rd, through to steel footbridge crossing that gets you to Pupuke-Mangapa Rd, Mokau Ridge through to Waiare Rd and onwards.
Mokau Ridge/Jacksons etc is all open at the moment (was closed last summer because of fire risk. Logging finished 3 years ago) however one significant flooding could collapse a dodgy culvert not far from Jacksons Rd/Mokau ridge intersection. You might also be interested in a short in and out gravel ride to top of a farm with a pretty awesome view over that entire area not far from end of Otangaroa Rd.
And I saw that SH1 is closed at Mangamuka Gorge. It shortens the number of possible variations, but there are still a lot to ride.
Is there works on the hwy now or everyone just waiting for a second slip which will fill up the hole created by the first one?
Bypass Mangamuka Gorge to the east via Otangaroa Rd/Fern Flat Rd/Peria Valley Rd or west via Awaroa Rd if heading up/down on the western side.
Work is progressing but extra fill is probably required via another massive downpour....
Thanks for all the suggestions. This is what I've come up with based on the suggestions.
-How would you connect the two parts if you can't ride on SH1?
-Where is exactly the road physically missing?
-Looking for another 150-200km on the western side of SH1. We have done Paponga Rd, Waiotehue Rd last year. Looking for new ones in the first place if possible.
Based on the lines I will call this the Superman v.s. Godzilla ride.
Looks like there are no probs linking via SH1.
West Coast Rd., the mud-volcano at Runaruna, the tiny chapel on a hill above Whangape Harbour, Gumfields above Ahipara (great views, too), up the back of 90mile and gravel around Kaitaia or cut south via Takahue.
West Coast Rd
Some worthwhile additions, if wanted
Ahipara from the Gumfields Rd.
smoked Hapuka , Mangonui Fish Shop
@glitch_oz, you are a legend!
Not sure about Gumfields these days,some ominous road signs there these days.
The western side of SH1 has got less options due to all the harbours on the Westcoast. Lots of worthwhile in+outs, but very few loops.
Sorry, above map link has a small error (Proctor Rd., which is nice and scenic but ends at a gate/ private property).
Here's the one including Warawara Forest Rd., the narrow lane up the hill that the chapel sits on.
Ok, I have a rough plan now. I am working on to free up the 10-11-12 October to do a pre-ride/route-check on this.
Amazing Andrew. That will be great. Can I suggest we take a left just out of Ahipara onto Sandhills Road which runs around the back of Kaitaia. Its mostly gravel. Pretty sure there's gas at Awanui if that's needed.
There's fuel at the Ahipara Superette at the southern end of town, as well as the BP at the end of Sandhills/ Gill Rd. in Awanui
Fuel map : https://bit.ly/2R3E3RN
Edit: Forgot to mention, loop above is a mix of good gravel and seal, alternating sections.