Greater Wairarapa 2019...what's best?

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  1. glitch_oz

    glitch_oz Long timer

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    Last week March + first week April '19
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    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    The road out to Waimarama beach is good twisty fun, with the tide right you can ride the beach from Waimarama north to Ocean Beach (get on the beach to the north of the Waimarama surf club by the stream)

    Fuel at Waikaremoana has always been flowing when I've visited. Give them a call beforehand if it's critical. I think Ruatahuna has a 24hr card pump now too.

    Cheers
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    Thanks for the help!
    Night Falcon is already leading us astray with that beach run :-)
    Ruatahuna wasn't quite on the radar for this trip, but good to know.
    Thanks and cheers
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  4. glitch_oz

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    Time to shake the crust-of-dust from this one.

    Things kept ticking in the background though, leaving only a few details to be organized.
    Routes sorted, bikes sorted, emergency + repair kits sorted. Near all logistics done, bookings made, money down.
    You guys will look after the weather and it's all good, right? :D

    Who ever feels like stirring the shyte out of a pack of Aussies (and an Austrian) might
    drop by the Bushman's Grill in Hillcrest, AKL
    on Friday night the 22/3 from about 6.30pm onwards. We'll see how this rolls and I'll book a table.

    We might shift the "cock'n bull" to https://thebeerspot.co.nz/ a little down the road lateron.... :-)
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    Whale Rider Been here awhile

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    Sounds like the plan is coming together. How many days to get down to this neck of the woods?
    WR
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  6. glitch_oz

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    3-4, depending on which side of the NI offers the better weather/ conditions at the time.
    Maybe the western run takes a bit longer as I'd like to knit the Waikato and 'Naki into it before cutting across to the south-east.
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    MrKiwi backwards & upsidedown Super Supporter

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    let us know when you are getting close to the Wairarapa. Might be able to jump on one of my bikes and harass you for a bit...
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    Will do, looking forward to shaking some hands :-)
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    EVLED Bike riding nutter!

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    ^^What he said
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  10. glitch_oz

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    Oldbeer is owed a Newbeer or 3.... for smoothing some of the last lumpy bits (pulls hat).
    THANKS a bunch! :thumb
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    Tripped over a place called Rainbow Mountain Scenic Reserve just south of Rotorua. Apparently a known MTB-Mecca....with the Kerosene Creek hot-creek just a little to the south.
    Anyone know the place? Can you ride up to the top?
    There seems to be a gravel road/track through some plantation off SH38 https://goo.gl/r6mQ9R
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    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    Right in the middle of my stomping ground that one. Fully bitchin MTB ride for sure. Yes there is a road to the top but it's gated off along with most of the other forestry roads in that area. Mind your gear if you are stopping at Kerosene creek, unfortunately it sees a lot of theft from tourist vehicles - the carpark is out of sight of the swimming spot.

    Cheers
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    Thanks for the reply, much appreciated.
    We'll give it a miss then, was just hoping for some speccy views and maybe a quick dip in the pools while we're rolling past.
    Will look for something else along the AKL-Whakatane stretch (that'll be a commute/ transfer stretch).:freaky
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    Lake Okataina? The side road down there is trippy and the lake is stunning.
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    oldbeer Grandadventurer

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    Sorry thats Rotorua to Whakatane
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  16. glitch_oz

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    That could work!
    I was looking at that area just to the north of it, Lake Rotoiti, Lake Rotoehu... stitching some of the backroads and gravel to Manawahe before cutting north-east to the coast, but it's going to be a fairly long day anyway.
    So much good stuff!!
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    Calling @Brainflex ! Thats your neck of the woods? Is pikowai road back open or still blocked?
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    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    The obvious route around the North of the lakes is pretty good. Maniatutu Rd, Rotoehu Rd, Pongakawa Valley Rd, Manawahe Rd - If it's still swimmin weather keep an eye out for the DOC sign on your right just before you veer away from Lake Rotoma - a short 4wd track leads down to a nice beach. You can follow Manawahe out to the coast (for even more gravel turn left on to Herepuru Rd before the coast & follow that down to SH2) or loop trough Rendall Rd & Matahi Rd for something extra. Then Mcivor Rd - Braemar Rd is another option.

    Cheers
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    that's a great little ride
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    Thanks for the tips! That's pretty much what I was looking at.

    Is it worth/possible/ to knit those 2 via Hamilton/ Wairoa and Porter Rds? https://goo.gl/49ehYR
    Looking at adding a little "off-beat" stuff without losing too much overall time or getting into anything rough





    :beer
    I think Herepuru might get us a bit too far west while McIver/ Braemar might be a good choice to re-join SH30 for a quick run to Whakatane, if needed. I love options!
    Great stuff, any which way!!
    Thanks again!
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