Greater Wairarapa 2019...what's best?

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  1. glitch_oz

    glitch_oz Long timer

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    Of course !
    Had the bloody months mixed up:doh
  2. glitch_oz

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    Anyone knows? Is it possible/ open?
    Akitio-> Herbertville via the coastal hills
    Starting with this map https://goo.gl/Tfc2QQ ....zoom in a fair bit and there's a track that runs along the coast to Herbertville.
  3. Whale Rider

    Whale Rider Been here awhile

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    Have a look on street view that is the entrance to Akitio Station (farm) private.
    Carry on in and turn right onto Glenora Road.
    The only way across there other than the main road.
    How are the plans going? Its getting closer.
    WR
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    Thanks! Again!
    Yo, checked streetview and saw the Akitio sign there, but it could have been some local estate/ community/ beach settlement sign as well, didn't know it was a station.
    Got Glenora already pegged as the alternative :-)
    That nails that day then...
    Cheers
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    Whale Rider Been here awhile

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    So how are the plans coming together??? Not long now :hide
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  6. glitch_oz

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    Couple of weeks to go...just confirmed cots for 2 nights in Greytown for some forays into the southern parts.
    Then getting onto the last 4 days towards AKL....or maybe leave that open and wait for which direction the cork pops on the last bottle of Otago Pinot Noir?
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  7. oldbeer

    oldbeer Grandadventurer

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    Hey glitch..
    When are you dropping the bikes off and whats the plan to get back to ze flughafen??
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  8. glitch_oz

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    Dropping the bikes back to the depot on 6/4 some time in the afternoon and have transport organized to some place near the airport for the last night.
    I think one of the guys will check on his family in New Plymouth for a few days.
  9. glitch_oz

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    Just a whiff under 4000k's for the 2 weeks, might have to cut back on a few days....

    What's a recommendable dinner-spot in Taihape for a hungry mob after a day of gawking at the countryside?
    Planning to stay 2 nights...
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    Ducatijim Hopeless Poseuer!

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    Nice pies at Wild Bean in the BP servo.........
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  12. dazzadm

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    Hi Glitch, Eating points in Taihape are:
    Straits Cafe, Malaysian meals, Very good meals and huge selection. Good pricing.
    Exchange Cafe, Usually good meals, but can be pricey. I haven't eaten there since it changed owners.
    Chinese take aways, there are two options, we use the Countryman, he has tables to eat at.
    Al Centros is now take aways only, but good food.

    When are you planning on being in Taihape? Have you got your routes around here sorted out?
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    Mmmmmmm curry roti....
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    Thanks for the info...didn't realize there were that many choices:eekers
    Taihape is a bit of a vague affair (nothing booked) as it could become anything from a "fly-through" to a 3-night stay, all depending on how
    things have gone the week before, weather etc. I always include a "buffer-location" in those trips which can be used for some local rest+play, repairs, re-group, individual time-out or making up time/ distance due to previous weather/ breakdowns etc
    Might/ might not make it into the 'Naki as a result.
    Timing will be between Mon-Thurs of that first week in April and we might get in via the east or south (Gentle Annie/ Pohangina/ Hunterville
    Just doing my homework on all the possibles.
    No shortage of attractive day-loops around there, some of which I know from previous trips but in a different routing-context. (never stayed in the Taihape area before).
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    Are you planning on camping or motelling? The camp ground is closed but we could arrange some thing at home if you wanted?

    Keep us informed as you get closer.
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    Will do.
    A big thanks for the offer!! But it's Holiday Parks cabins, lodges, farm stays, the odd motel, anything of that sort...no room for camping gear in that 23kg baggage allowance :-)
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    EVLED Bike riding nutter!

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    And remember to post an itinerary so we can crash some of the rides...if you'll have us...
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    No itinerary as such, but a few firm bookings at head+tail of the fortnight to nail the basics.
    Sun/Mon/Tues are a bit of a gallop south while using the backroads/ gravel to try and avoid all bigger places and prim./sec. hwys.
    Firm o/n stops are Thornton Beach, Lake Whakamarino and Waipawa. After that, things will slow down, cameras out, zig-zagging south between the beaches and SH2.

    300km Cape Palliser loop on Sun 31 (ex ~ Greytown)

    After that it's back up north again with nothing set apart from the bike-return and last night in AKL on the following Sat.
    Working on a couple of things but it's really up to the weather and circumstances. No schedules, just wish-lists and options...and good, solid prep for whatever is decided on on the day.

    Not going to waste good holiday time in front of a dinky-toy screen trying to cobble together all the needed details for the next day's run, just have a half-dozen options ready.
    Should have WiFi most nights to check in here with firm ideas for the next day (or 2...3...)
    Meet ups are always welcome!...and there's some interest in the Cape Palliser Sunday already.
    We'll see how it turns out :-)
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  19. glitch_oz

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    Great Saturday morning sightseeing cruise courtesy of Oldbeer driving the 9-seater van-full-of-Aussies across some narrow and steep goat tracks to the black-sand beaches around Piha + Karekare.
    Also thanks for the laughs last night at the Bushmans Grill, a very enjoyable night out staring at a couple of showers going down through the open front of the place.
    Sorting the bikes/ gear now for an early-ish start across AKL in the morning.
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  20. oldbeer

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    I havent quite seen them off the premises but they should manage to get out of Dodge tomorrow morning OK by themselves :D.

    Look out for 4xdr650s and an xt660.

    In three days time they will be down in your neck of the woods @EVLED and @Night Falcon. I think you will be meeting up?.

    You couldn't meet a nicer bunch of guys so hoping everyone else who gets the chance says hi.

    Happy travels guys.
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