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  • Member Since : April 13, 2013
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  • Region : North Island, New Zealand
  • Motorcycle : 2009 Buell Ulysses XB12XP
  • Best Route Ever Ridden : not giving out her number

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New Zealand
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Russell Backroad

North Island > New Zealand > Oceania
January 25, 2012 - 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road5.0

As always in rural NZ the surface is a constant surprise. This route is only recently tar sealed and (on this occasion) still lots of gravel patches but they should clear quickly.

Outside of the holiday season I'd expect little traffic except locals so you'd need to be on the lookout. There was also a stock drover with a small mob of cattle.


Whangarei thru Te Tai Tokerau

North Island > New Zealand > Oceania
April 14, 2013 - 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road5.0

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.


Mangamuka & Herekino

North Island > New Zealand > Oceania
April 13, 2013 - 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road5.0

This route is twisty in most places, and remote. Often no phone signal, but beautiful views and decent road surfaces with little traffic. Tourists can peel off for Kohukohu to catch the ferry across the Hokianga Harbour (beautiful), and continue on another amazing area of roads through Waipoua Forest etc. If you like gravel, head to Whangape/Pangaru/Mitimiti where its very local and well-isolated beaches. Fuel up in Kaitaia.


90 Mile Beach / Te Oneroa A Tohe

North Island > New Zealand > Oceania
April 13, 2013 - 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road5.0

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).


Kaipara to Leigh

North Island > New Zealand > Oceania
April 13, 2013 - 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.0

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.


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Westgate to Mangawhai Heads

North Island > New Zealand > Oceania
January 18, 2011 - 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.5

Great ride. Mostly rural back roads with some short State Highway excursions. Watch for Police on State Highways.


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Raglan to Kawhia via Waitomo Caves

North Island > New Zealand > Oceania
April 13, 2013 - 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road5.0

A great weekend option to take HWY22 to Raglan from Auckland, and then do this ride the following day. If you are based in Raglan you can start from there and take in Waitomo Caves (world famous blackwater rafting) along the way. The route gives you a few options, but the less travelled road is not quite as good as the main roads. All fine, but camber is slightly better as is road surface if direct route from Raglan to Kawhia is taken. Enjoy the day


Raglan to Kawhia via Waitomo Caves

North Island > New Zealand > Oceania
April 13, 2013 - 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road5.0

A great weekend option to take HWY22 to Raglan from Auckland, and then do this ride the following day. If you are based in Raglan you can start from there and take in Waitomo Caves (world famous blackwater rafting) along the way. The route gives you a few options, but the less travelled road is not quite as good as the main roads. All fine, but camber is slightly better as is road surface if direct route from Raglan to Kawhia is taken. Enjoy the day


Pokeno to Raglan (the old way)

North Island > New Zealand > Oceania
January 7, 2012 - 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.5

Stunning views on good day (about 50km to each side on the ridgelines) stacks of twisties through to SH23. The local roading guys fix bad seal by covering it in gravel and letting the cars/trucks pack it in. A few days ago (4/1/2012) they had put out a sign warning of this - that's the first one ZI've seen in three years of riding this road. Traffic extremely light, but farmers use both sides of the road when cornering. Not a good road for a rookie rider. Enjoy


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Cardrona Lakes Route : Wanaka - Queenstown

South Island > New Zealand > Oceania
April 13, 2013 - 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road5.0

Although the best twisting road in this area is Queenstown to Glenorchy or Paradise, the backroad from Queenstown to Wanaka via Cardrona is very special and lots of windy fun. Twist the throttle, lean in, and hold on to your leathers.


35 / 2 : East Cape / Raukūmara (NZ_TTC 5)

North Island > New Zealand > Oceania
April 13, 2013 - 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road5.0

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.


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