Day 6: Russell - Auckland
The last day has sadly arrived! The entire group is tired but really happy.
After a great breakfast in the Duke of Marlborough we rode the Old Russel Road (yes, again cause it is really impressive).
After an ice cream stop along the beach and a really tasty lunch at the Rusty Pelican in Matakana we got lucky with the weather..once again! It rained while we were eating and so we decided to ridestraight to Auckland and spend some time in the city.
Day 5: Karikari - Russell
How to pack 2 days in 1!
Yesterday we had such a bad weather that we didn't even tried to mouve our bikes. So today we decided to ride to Cape Reinga, the most northern point in our tour, and than to go to Russell.
The weather was fantastic, an incredible warm sun and a very light air. After the magic Cape Reinga we took the highway 10 towards Paihia and here part of the group took the ferry directly to Russell while some others like Jòrg, Laszlo, Regina, Ferenc, Irma and Malcolm decided to ride the magic Old Russell Road. 70Km of curves and no traffic, more than a dream!
Cape Reinga. Everyone is really happy! Jòrg and Regina too
The group in front of the lighthouse of Cape Reinga...apparently are we 17'000 km from Europe away!
The power of the nature! The Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean
Hungarian group! Ferenc, Laszlo, Irma and Regina
Laszlo and Regina chilling along the Old Russell Road!
Perfect bikes for 70km of curves!
our dinner venue: the historic Duke of Marlborough Hotel
there was a lot to see inside...
Day 4: Rasttag in the Far North
Wegen des durchziehenden Sturmtiefs war der heutige Rasttag Motorradfrei. Stattdessen gab es Pasta für alle, zubereitet von unserem italienischen Koch, ääh, Guide.
Die Damen haben sich freiwiliig um den Abwasch gekümmert
Day 3: Whangarei - Karikari
Picnic in Opononi: Malcolm prepared Brushetta (note the Kiwi spelling) and other yummy stuff
An absulutely spactacular ride: the Kauri Highway is THE highlight in Northland, simply stunning. Then the picnic and the ferry ride to top it all off, not to mention the awesome road through Mangamuka Gorge. Sorry we couldn't take any pics. Too busy throwing the bike around...
Chief Dave is waiting for the high tide to reach 100+ km long Ripiro Beach
Spectacular road through Waipoua Kauri Forest
Day 2: Tairua - Whangarei
The group in Piha, looking down on the beach and on Lyons Rock
Dear Ursula, we found the perfect match for you today in Piha: a best-ager with a sense of fashion, lots of character and a taste for electric bicycles. And he's got a motorcycle, too!!!! We gave him your phone number
The famous Kauri Musuem is a great appetizer for tomorrow, when we get to see the real, live trees.
Kauri-Bernstein kann sogar in Kohle eingelagert sein. Das ist dann sehr, sehr alt.
Sägen wie diese halfen dabei, die Kauris fast bis zur Ausrottung zu verarbeiten.
Dinner at The Quay in downtown Whangarei
Day 1: Auckland - Tairua
The north extension section has begun!
Today we went from the beautiful and huge Auckland to the small city of Tairua through the Coromandel peninsula.
After some traffic we finally hit the Kawakawa Bay road and the curves begin!
The local traffic didn't ruin our morning too much and after a really curvy coast road we finally arrived at the Mussel Kitchen Restaurant...no place is better than that for a break!
In the afternoon we hit the road again and had fun cruising around and taking some looks to the beautiful beaches.
WHAT A START!
They still don't have enough!!!
Fritz and Malcolm waiting, too long, in the traffic =)
Former chief Dave and some fish and chips
Mussels, mussels and mussels
Even the strongest, like Laszlo, need some rest after an exquisite lunch...
Even Jòrg enjoys the sun
view from our hotel in Tairua