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Let's go north!

Saturday, November 26, 2016 | Thomas Ritt / Anthony Fairweather | Pacific

The old road to Russell: one of the best rides in the world!

Day 6: from Russell back to Auckland

Quite a Location for a breakfast
New Zealand's most beautiful capuccino
Matt was flattened by this awesome ride. He just couldn't take it anymore. It was too good to be true.
Auckland, the City of Sails
City Panorama from the hotel room

Day 5: Along the Bay of Islands

The Waitangi Treaty Grounds are always worth a visit. Especially for these fantastically carved war canoes.
The Old Stone Store, the oldest stone building in NZ.
There is fantastic view out there. Somewhere....

Day 4: The end of the road

We waive goodbye to Kaitaia and head out on the most northen section of paved road in New Zealand. Gently sweeping turns take us all the way to Cape Reinga, where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean and the most northern point of this tour. We turn around and head back south to our lunch stop at the Karikari vineyard, which is also our stop of the night. We spend the afternoon either relaxing in the sun, riding the Managmuka Gorge or riding quads on 90 Mile Beach. The day ends with a fantastic meal in vineyard's restaurant where we might have sampled some of the local liquid produce.

The gang's all here.
Group picture at the famous Cape Reinga lighthouse
Cape Maria Van Diemen, New Zealand's westernmost point. Blue sky from horizon to horizon, what a spectacular day!
The signpost is down and gets a clean-up for the holidays
View from our lunch spot at Karikari Estate
Quad biking on 90 Mile Beach. Everybody behaved like an sensible adult.....

Day 3: Kauris, picnics and some of the world's best roads!

Our day starts with clear blue skies as the sun rises over the Pacific. We head west across New Zealnds Northland and towards Ripiro Beach. Stretching north this 110km long beach is is part on New Zealand's highway system and open for all traffic. Except, unfortunately, for rented vehicles such as our own. Instead we have a quick coffee before we tackle the twisties through Waipoua Forest and pay our respect to some of the last remaining Kauri trees in New Zealand. In the meantime Tom and Manfred have prepared a classic Edelweiss picnic on the shore of Hokianga Harbour. After a veritable feast we cross Hokiang Harbour by ferry and head straight for one of the best roads in the world, the fantastic Magamuka Gorge! 20km of perfectly banked twists and turns wind their way through dense forest before depositing us in Kaitiaia, the most northern town in New Zealand.

Visiting the Father of the Forest, the oldest Kauri tree in New Zealand.
The view of Hokianga Harbour.
Riding along Hokianga Harbour
What a spectacular picnic location!

Day 2: East Coast to West Coast and back

We set out on a glorious spring morning, across the Coromandel Peninsula and north along the west coast past Auckland. Along the way we stop at Piha Beach (one of the locations used in "The Piano")  and then head inland to the Kauri museum. Although it might seem strange to have a whole museum dedicated to a single species of tree, it is one of the best museums in New Zealand and offers us glimpse into the history of this fascinating country. Our day ends in the excellently named village of Tutukaka, where we rejoin the Pacific Ocean.

Amazing view of Piha Beach and the Lion Rock
These ladies from China took their BMW convertibles to Piha. No question, we just had to take a group picture together!

Day 1: Coromandel Ho!

Welcome to the North Island Extension. This is the perfect opportunity to expore some of the hidden gems that we missed on our regular New Zealand Tour.

We start our day's ride in Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, and head east towards the tranquil seaside towns along Kawakawa Bay. After a quick coffee on the beach we set out for some of the best riding on the planet. Hugging the coast of the Coromande peninsula we find some of the best twists and turns we have ever seen, all combined with breathtaking views of the coast and clear blue skies. We feast on locally farmed greenlipped mussels, cross the peninsula on the stunning highway 25 and end the day with an ice cold beverage in the sun. What an fantastic first day!

From the city.....
...to the coast.
Tearing up the Coromandel
Tairua, our overnight town, is a very, very relaxing place.
Jörn and Volker, about to embark on the epic Bridge Climb
Skyline of Auckland
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Björn
Monday, November 21, 2016 at 12:53

Hey Reto, good to see you riding again! Have fun and enjoy the north island.

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