Introduction After last summer's tour south with my son Miles (see Dad, can we go see...? Two weeks around Te Waipounamu, NZ's South Island) the inevitable question was, "Where to next?" Cape Reinga, the northernmost tip of New Zealand was the call. This year we are joined by my partner Sharleen (@DontFollowMe) who was unable to partake last year due to work commitments. Woo hoo! Neither Shar nor Miles have much experience of the North Island. I lived in Auckland for eight years when I first came to NZ, riding extensively and often, so this trip is going to be a bit of a "show and tell" from me, although we will cover some new territory... how could you not?! Shar rides a 2008 Yamaha XT250. Preparation consisted of a new rear tyre (yet another Shinko Golden Boy SR244) and an engine oil and filter change. This latter became a problem as one of the oil filter screws stripped the female thread in the cases, and liberal application of sealant didn't fix it. We were doubly fortunate in that the stripped thread was in the clutch cover so after draining the oil the damaged part was easily removed to work on, and also because our good friends had the appropriate helicoil kit and professional expertise to effect repair. Thanks team! The XT's surgery: Shar and the XT in Molesworth Station: Miles and myself are again mounted on the 2016 KTM 1190 Adventure. As it was approaching its first post-run-in service, it had engine oil and filter changed, air filter changed, fuel filter changed (shout out to @gefr, here in vendors), clutch oil changed, fork oil changed, ECU checked and updated, and Michelin Anakee Wild tyres fitted (part worn front, new rear). Most of that went okay considering it was my first time servicing this bike. The fork oil was well overdue, negatively affecting the roadholding, and also following Dave Moss' advice (look him up) I went from SAE 4 to 5-weight oil. Result: massive improvement. Sadly, changing the front tyre I nicked the tubeless sealing band. At $200+ to diagnose and replace, that was an expensive mistake - however, I put it down to learning as I need to be able to change these tyres myself, especially for field repair. Miles and the 1190 at Tasman View Lookout: For various reasons, this trip we decided to avoid carrying tents and mattresses, instead using Airbnb and similar to find interesting, cheap accommodation for when we aren't dossing with friends. We aren't carrying any cooking gear either, which has simplified the packing somewhat. Strangely though, we seem to be carrying more stuff than last year!! Miles rode in MX boots, MX pants with some protection, light-weight long-sleeve shirt under a 'pressure suit' with a full spine protector and kidney belt, MX gloves and a road helmet. Anyway, enough of that, on with the trip!