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Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by young1, Aug 20, 2016.
Over Bertrand Road swingbridge
Up Otararoa Road and through the tunnel. Seriously does any other region have as many tunnels as Taranaki?
A stop to check out the mountains on the central plateau (in the distance)
Through Purangi and onto the gravel. Look how high the Waitara River had been during the week.
Then we turned onto Mangaoapa Road through the pines and at times following the Waitara River.
One more tunnel (the Matau tumel?)
Time for lunch and we couldn't think of a better place than the Toko Tavern ( don't worry I will run those chips off tomorrow )
A great ride with lots of stops to take in the views.
I enjoyed my day pottering in the garage
until I saw what you did
Time you made a trip to the Naki?
Seriously come up and spend a weekend zoom zooming.
I've got a list of tunnels that i need to visit... a visit is looming...
Sounds like time for an invasion
The swine shouldn't be keeping that area to themselves
Come and visit, plenty of tunnels to go and find on some amazing roads. Happy to guide you (and I am sure Phreaky Phil would be happy to help to).
Excuse me butting into your thread but I have been planning a trip down (from Auckland) to the Naki to ride the back roads and the tunnels etc over the period of a few days, hopefully some time this side of winter or if not, next spring. I've got the choice of a drz250 or a Vstrom. Ignoring the trip down there, any views on which would be the better bike for those roads? I go pretty slow, more interested in the scenery than getting anywhere quickly. Probably wouldnt go anywhere too tough on my own (e.g. such as old whanga road) so mostly just on the gravel. TIA.
The VStrom will be fine for tootling around the Naki back roads. There are plenty of interesting ways of getting to and from the Naki as well.
Are there EVER!
Bowing to the locals here for better judgement...but I'd take the 250.
The DL's are top-heavy bastards. (I'm on my 7th).
There are all sorts of "dangers" along the way to the Naki
This one had the XT's +DRs sinking like rocks.
Beached on a beach...
...or jammed in a tunnel
Depends whether you want to ride on a beach or not
If you are staying on the gravel and tar then I still reckon the VStrom will be the choice.
If you want to get real adventurous then the 250 would be better, but if you are coming closer to winter or in the spring then the Naki gets WET !
Those rides look great.
Care to share a list of where these rides are ( apart from in the Naki ) - tunnels etc?
Thanks Phil, not enough experience to get too offroad adventurous. Gravel roads only. Not intending to go on any beaches after last weekends trip to Muriwai - very soft loose sand is difficult. Will bring the Wee for the first visit.
I moved from UK to New Plymouth many moons ago, so am familiar with the Naki weather but there's no where quite like it in the spring