This is a very fun road, no logging trucks and motorists will normally pull over to let you past. Has been resealed near the Paparoa end (early 2018)
Great back roads of this area ride this on a Goldwing and the corners are well marked there maybe stock on some roads but this route has little traffic
very little traffic nice roads for riding
This 220km tour from Hamilton includes and optional trip to Raglan (where there are sand dunes and the Aotea Harbour) The main route travels first south from Hamilton on SH39 a favoured route by local bikers instead of SH3, it is more twisty and with less traffic. At Waitomo we turn off and head west on the lovely super twisty SH37, passing the Waitomo caves (world famous blackwater rafting) and glow worms to be seen. This we follow up to Oparau. The SH37 road is really excellent riding. From here we can either turn left and go to the Kawhia beach where there is some natural hot water. If we go right we head back and finish the route on the SH31 with yet more turns.
This 430km twisty forest tour in the North part of the North Island starts and ends in Whangarei. It can be done in a day with stops, or over 2 days at a more modest. The route can be further extended easily by taking the ferry from Opua to Russel. Head southwest from Whangarei on the 14, then join the excellent SH12 running Northeast and then the fantastic twisty SH13 While enjoying to the ride on the SH12, there is the possibility to stop at the Waipoua forest, home to the largest living Kauri tree in New Zealand. Shortly after that at Omapere is one of the routes main tourist attractions, the Arai Te Uru, the southern head of the harbour entrance is steeped in Maori history and is a place of great natural beauty. As this represents about half way on this route, if you are planning 2 days for the trip, this is good choice for somewhere to stay for the night. After that the route takes you to the end of the bay and then out to the eastern coast via some lovely twisty rural roads and round the Opua forest. From Opua it is possible to extend the trip further by taking a ferry over to Russel. Otherwise turn back west and head towards Tautoro and then from there back to Whangarei. All the roads on this route are good but (as always) there is a occasional section where the surface could be better.
Starting just outside Stratford (south of New Plymouth) we take the famous State Highway 43 (known locally as the ‘Forgotten World Highway’). This road climbs through some rugged, beautiful countryside. About half way up the road is Hobbit’s Hole (a local name for the Moki Tunnel). After the tunnel, there is a light gravel section so care should be taken. Later the route joins up with State Highway 4 and then down on to the the amazing Highway 3 towards New Plymouth. Spectacular scenery, loads of twisties and some fast straight sections make this an awesome ride. Sweeping corners mostly with some tighter ones over Mount Messenger and Tongaporutu Gorge.
A quiet backroad ride with twistie and straight section as you climb the hills.
This is a very scenic ride with a good mix of twisties and open sections, no major hazards but watch out for black ice in the shady parts during winter.
Nice for a weekend avo ride. some straights. Some twistys about half way.
Great ride.. Varied road but mainly twisties.. Great scenery.. Perfect afternoon or morning run...
To try, a lot of urban. All tarmac. Need to try get off South head and come back via Muriwai beach.
Great route out to Whangamata over the top of the Coromandel Range. Tight twisty fast corners. Excellent sidewall workout. Part of a NZTA Safer Rides route.
This is a great run from Clevedon down the coast road towards Hauraki plains then on to Paeroa. Then through the Karangahape Gorge to Waihi. Beautiful and varied scenery all the way.
Nice Saturday ride
Start Pukekohe Autobahn via Hwy 22 & Raglan to Hamilton
A worthy detour to the East Cape.
Now that this route is completely sealed it has to be a \"must do\" for the more adventurous and competent motorcyclist. The Whanganui River valley is spectacular and has a lot of history associated with it. Finish the ride down through the Parapara's and you will have had a great day! Warnings: Cellphone access is very limited and fuel only obtainable in Wanganui and Raetihi!
Run to okororie from Hamilton..
Forgotten World Hwy ...... Not much to say, just go ride it & find out for yourself, In my opinion its amazing, stunning views & awesome twisty bit of road .... Oh there are alot of twists & turns :)
This can be done in a day with stops, OR go slow and stay in Bay of Islands or the Hokianga. Must visit Arai Te Uru in Hokianga just out from Omapere, also Waipoua Forest there (Tane Mahuta kauri tree). More traffic near Paihia but very quiet elsewhere. The route mapped is longer, but can be shortened by staying on the main highway (boring but fast). The basic route can be done in 3hours...everything is very close! Fuel in most places but not from Dargaville to Omapere.
RIDE ALONG THE ENTIRE BEACH! It doesnt show a road on the map along the beach, but its a public road and you can ride from Ahipara to Te Paki Stream at the very north past Matapia Island. You can do this as a loop or there and back along the beach, which is pretty but also very straight and flat for 85kms each way. ANY BIKE CAN RIDE THE SAND...but be careful of your lines if on a dedicated road bike. I have ridden both bikes, and my Ulysses has road tyres. Make sure you ride the tide line and fuel up in Ahipara or Kaitaia as there is nothing else other than the odd fuel truck at Pukenui or Waipapa Landing. Dont get stuck on the beach, its an expensive mission to get out and most of this area is out of phone coverage. The SH1 route is windy and fun, with not many police (ive seen one in all my years and we have a place at Ahipara). Go slower between Ahipara and Waipapakauri, as its used by locals. Respect the beach area as its sacred (Te Ara Wairua, path of the spirits).
This route can be broken up or done completely in a few hours. Dont bother with SH1 (main route between Wellsford and Warkworth), unless short of time. I couldnt get rid of the map line! A side trip to Tawharanui Beach is worthwhile, as is Goat Island Marine Reserve in Leigh. Plenty of corners and relatively quiet roads, occasional police presence but not much if any. As its a local ride for me (living in Whnagaparaoa), I cant remember ever seeing a cop more than once or twice.
This is arguably one of the best rides in Aotearoa/NZ. Definitely one of the best in Te Ika A Maui/North Island (Im a local, trust me). Its a wee ways to get to either Whakatane or Gisborne from Auckland (main international), but worth it. Most roads in NZ are windy and made for bikes, but this East Cape route is pristine, sweeping bends, tight corners, near zero traffic (except a little in Dec/Jan holidays) and huge ocean views. You can return via Waioeka Gorge to make a loop from either city, but I prefer the coastal route. Fuel in Omaio only so gas up in the city and enjoy.
The Gentle Annie Hill in the middle is narrow with very poor surface and steep but the rest of it is in good order and all tar seal (thats only recent in places so there are still quite a few loose stone chips)
No real worries about the police but youll be hard pressed to break the speed limit as this is a real twister.
Virtually no traffic on the Monday in February 2013 when we went but quite a few road works going on and we gather there are normally a lot of heavy trucks to be wary of.
We loved it.