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Friday, February 1, 2019 | James Ashton / Thomas Ritt | Pacific

Day 6 - Russel and the return to Auckland

Sadly our last riding day is upon us - but it's not all over yet; we've still got to make it back to Auckland, and it all begins with the return journey along the Old Russel Road! What a way to start the day!

66kms of non stop curvy curves. Oh yeah!
Margitta wanted to buy more from this antique store than would fit in the motorcycle
Ojen checks out what's on offer
A photo of a Kauri log on an early logging truck
A great mural in Hikurangi
What a view at Waipu Cove
Harold went looking for some cheap souvenirs
Our last self-made picnic for the tour
We had some locals that wanted to join us
Henning got along with them quite well

Day 5: to the Bay of Islands

This is why the Bay of Islands was named Bay of Islands
Kerikeri Mission House dates back to 1821 and is the oldest building in NZ.
the famous Stone Store
Another impromptu picnic
It's a tough job, but somebody has to do it!
Highlight of the day: the Old Russell Road, 66 km of pure riding pleasure
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Sunset in Russel. Not bad
Harold motivates himself to attack his half-chicken
Werner frames his shot

Day 4 - Cape Reinga

A great rest-day ride out to the northern most point of New Zealand today; Cape Reinga. Excellent weather, fantastic roads and magnificent scenery were the rewards

Werner & Ojen documenting the Emus.
Margitta wants a picture too
This is the New Zealand tour, right?
Harold arrives at the last corner before the end of the country!
Henning and Margitta arrive also
All the way from Bavaria to the end of the world - the BMW GS looks good in every environment!
We did it - the northern most road in New Zealand
Look closely at the waves - you can see where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean
Ojen and Werner sit at the end of the country
Just in case we get lost
Harold enjoys the spectacular scenery
Team Germany
So sweet!
Harold walks through the stairs carved inside a Kauri tree
Do you think they take credit card?
Margitta tests some Kauri craftsmanship

Day 3: Whangarei to the Far North

The small but happy group in front of an "only in New Zealand" roadsign.
View of Hokianga Harbour. Stunning place!
Who needs to go any faster with scenery like this!
Tom leads the group for the ride to the Karikari Peninsula
Somebody looks happy to be here
Harold gives us a wave
It's just too cool!
Werner gives us a wave from the ferry
Margitta and Harold take a break on the ferry
James, trying to climb the steps of the heavily bouncing ferry...

Day 2: Tairua to Whangarei

What a view over Piha Beach, New Zealand's original surf spot
Picnic time!
Harold doesn't trust that we're heading in the right direction
Werner & Ojen in from of Lion Rock, Piha
Who's that in the dunes?
A cafe in a garden; schön!
A cross cut of an incredible 1000 year old Kauri tree
Not a bad spot for dinner

Day 1: Auckland - Coromandel - Tairua

Five happy campers, umh, riders: Harold, Margitta, Henning, Werner, and Öjen, with Auckland's skyline as a backdrop.
Maraetai Beach
coffee break
James' second breakfast: a banana loaf. It's fruit salad, basically ...
It's a tough life, but somebody has to do it
Hauraki Gulf, with Coromandel Peninsula looming behind it
With all the restaurants packed we did a stand-up picknick at this beautiful beach

Day 0! A rest day ride from Auckland

Sadly most of our group departed today, but there are still 5 serious riders keen to continue their adventure. 4 so keen in fact that they went for a great 300km ride on the rest day in Auckland! Great roads and perfect weather was their reward

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Anthony Fairweather
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 05:47

Hi guys, hope you're having a great time in NZ, say hi to Mangamuka gorge for me! I'm already suffering from NZ withdrawal symptoms.
Thomas Ritt
Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 05:19

Old Russell Road would also like to say hello....
James Ashton
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 10:22

Mangamuka says hello back; several times over


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