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New Zealand road trip on a PCX

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Kiwi Mick, Mar 5, 2020.

  1. Kiwi Mick

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    More a series of day-trips than an epic ride.... This road trip is to reacquaint myself with the country I was born in, after nigh on 20 years absence.

    The first leg was from Whakatane to Tokamaru Bay

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    Morning at Tokamaru Bay, once a thriving community exporting frozen meat and crossbred wool to the world. Farming is still the mainstay of the local economy, but nowadays everything leaves by road.
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    Gotta get my ass up that way again....only done it once maybe 7years back, camped at Tokomaru bay and had tea at the local pub
    they were surprised a couple of mainlanders were 'all the way up there', friendly funny bunch good times.
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    Yes, I found it a friendly place...... My previous trip around the East Coast was February in late 1970s, on a Honda CB350, after finishing the main shearing season in Hawkes Bay. We had a few weeks off before second shear. Not a lot has changed, other than a bit more forestry. Road is more travelled these days though. Camper vans everywhere. More EV charging points than petrol stations too.
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    Spent a day checking out the area north of Tokamaru Bay..... rained quiet a bit for the first time in 2020, much needed by the farmers. Good test for the new m/c jacket I had bought just a few days before. It did OK, but would still be inclined to put proper rain gear on for a prolonged or heave downpour.

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    Tokomaru Bay panorama.

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    Waipiro Bay

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    Waipiro Bay

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    Unusual structure in earthquake prone NZ..... solid brick, load bearing walls, built years ago by settlers using tech from whence they came. Apparently brick buildings in NZ these days are timber framed, with brick veneer cladding.

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    The tractor driver who cultivated and drilled this winter feed crop had some skills, and balls to negotiate the hills!

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    Some folks still ride their horse to town in Ruatoria.

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    The Ruatoria 4 Square supermarket and general store, by far the largest for more than 100 km in any direction, has heavy duty doors!

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    Looking south

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    Looking north

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    Te Puia Springs.
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    Just a short haul to Gisborne, checking out a few places along the way.

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    Tolaga Bay Golf Club
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    Once busy main drag of Tolaga Bay, now just a couple of convenience stores, and the odd cafe.
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    Tolga Bay Wharf, 660 metres long, was built in the 1920s to export local produce, and bring in goods for the community. At it's peak 132 ships visited in a year, it was last used in 1967 to transport maize.
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    Waiau Bay, south of Tolaga Bay
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    Off grid cottage and mansion over Waihau Bay
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    Weaning calves, I guess
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    Trucks carting logs for export from Gisborne Port are frequent users of the road.
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    Wainui Beach, one of the best known surf beaches in Gisborne, and New Zealand
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    Gisborne city: Midway Beach panorama
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    Gisborne Port is quite small, and does not have a container terminal. Its mainstay is exporting logs to China.
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    Gisborne panorama.... a small city with a population of about 45,000.

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    Checked out Gisborne for a couple of days, then continued south to Napier, spending a few hours exploring Mahia Peninsula on the way.

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    At Wainui Beach
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    Growing and harvesting things.... the fertile alluvial flats of Gisborne grow a range of horticultural produce;

    Sweet corn
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    It is a long established grape growing region
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    Workers jive to reggae beats as they harvest lettuce
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    Mechanical tomato harvest for canning and sauce
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    Around Mahia Peninsula, famed for surf and seafood. More recently the launch site for Rocket Lab, a NZ private enterprise venture which launches satellites of up to about half a ton.
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    Scenic route to Mahia Peninsula
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    Was a great day for surfers at Mahia
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    Mohaka River valley
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    Puketitri Pub - we often called in here when I worked for Brendon Mahoney Shearing back in the late 1970s. Sadly closed now, but there is a charging point for EVs
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    Worked in this shed many times, staying in the black shearers' quarters in the forground. The sheep came in with a lot of pumice in their fleece, which was hard on shearers gear and shed hands' fingers. However, the boss there was a great guy, so it was a good place to work
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    Samarkand Farm, another place I enjoyed working. The farmer had a lovely horse which was kept in the paddock next to the wool shed. I used to ride it, bareback, without a bridle. It responded to voice commands and pressure on its neck with my hands.
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    Lake Tutira was a favourite spot when it rained and we could not shear. I often caught trout there to take back to the quarters to cook for dinner. There was also a YHA hostel that was popular with hitch-hikers and motorcyclists.... and Brendon. When he was short of labour it was often a source of shed hands, some of whom worked just a day or two. However many worked out the season.
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    Once listed as the smallest cricket ground in the world, Tutira Cricket Ground has a self return system for boundries. Now, sadly fallen into disuse.
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    Tutira Cricket Ground pavilon
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    Napier to Wellington:
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    Lack of accomodation, and not great weather, I didn't stay on in Napier; best to move on to Wellington. It was a long hard slog, with quite strong wind, on long straight roads, through parched countryside. About the only interesting part from a motorcycling point of view was the ride over Rimutaka Hill from Wairarapa to Hutt..... view from the 555 metre pass.
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    Stayed in Wellington a couple of days, visiting several potential employers on the first (favourable response from a couple, and "send your resume by e-mail" from others), and Te Papa National Museum on the second.

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    Nearly 25 years since I last passed through Wellington, the biggest change I noticed was the number of people of all ages getting around on 2 wheels. E-scooters and e-bicycles have really taken off.
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    InterIslander to Picton:
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    The InterIslander
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    Picton is a picturesque little town that seems to change little. Caught up with cousins I had not seen for decades.
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    Queen Charlotte Sound
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