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North Island Extension: for those who just can't get enough (CNS1801)

Sunday, February 4, 2018 | Thomas Ritt / Malcolm Brunelli | Pacific

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

Due to a tropical cyclone moving through today was a ride-free day. Instead we had home-cooked Pasta prepared by our Italian chef, umh, guide.
The ladies volunteered to do the dishes

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 gum was found even in coal. It is very, very old.
Machines like this one helped to mill the Kauri timber almost to extinction
Logging truck
Dinner at The Quay in downtown Whangarei
Kiwi humour...

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.



Auckland Skyline
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
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Theresa und Manfred
Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 02:13

Bei diesem Guide würde ich mit 80 ggf. einsteigen, vorher bleibt's beim Motorradfahren.
E-bike Touren, naja???

Gruss Theresa und Paul
Ursula Peter
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 07:50

thanks guys, awesome!! Looks nearly as good as the guy in Pongoroa . Hope he has a second hat as well.
Regards U
Thomas Ritt
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 22:07

Yes, he was quite a guy!!! Could be a guide for the e-bike tours, which is why we gave him your number, of course. But I don't think he would be willing to wear t-shirt and helmet...
Theresa und Manfred
Monday, January 29, 2018 at 06:40

Hallo Jungs,und Mädls wünschen Euch noch eine schöne Nordinseltour. Dreht den Gashahn nicht zu weit auf und geniesst die letzten Fahrtage. Werden Euch mit den Bildern und Kommentaren begleiten.

Gruss Theresa und Paul (Manfred)
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 07:06

Hallo Ihr beiden! ...dachte mir eigentlich die Verlängerung ist so eine Art "Ausklang". Aber auch hier haben wir ein Highlight nach dem anderen... einfach klasse. Ihr fehlt uns Liebe Grüße!!


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