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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cape Reinga February 22nd 2014

As mentioned in my previous entry the northern most parts of Nz play an important role in Maori Mythology. They believe that this is the place where a person’s spirit comes after death and departs to their enternal home of Hawaiki. The spirit must first travel up 90mile beach and across the rugged line of Cape Maria Van Diemen to Te Reinga - the rocky point on which the lightuse is situated. Clinging to this rock is an ancient Kahika tree name Te Aroha and unlike any other tree of its kind, it has never been seen to flower. This area is known as Te Rerenga Wairua - Leaping Place of Spirits - as mythology states that the spirit must climb down steps formed by the roots of Te Aroha into the ocean. They would swim ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Kaitaia January 29th 2014

South America, well, Chile and Argentina have been paving the roads so fast that we have put this 28 day, 5,000km plus, Tarmac Tour together for couples on Road Bikes. We have an eclectic mix of motorcycles and people for this adventure. From Auckland, we have Bob and Mary Grey, with Mary riding her Spyder and Bob on his BMW F650 GS. From Invercargill, we have Ross (D Duke) and Christine Bulling, they will be riding their bright red Ducati ST3. Raewyn (Bones) and I will be riding our Harley Davidson Ultra Classic CVO, with Gerardo leading the charge on his BMW1200 GS. We are also taking 3 x Suzuki DR 650's over in the container for three guys from Dunedin, they will only stay with us for a few days, then head off on their ... read more
Ross and Christine
Christine and 'D Duke'
Bob and Mary

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Paihia January 12th 2014

Da stand ich nun an der Bushaltestelle an der Ecke Queens Street und Quay Street in Auckland City. Der Motor des Busses brummte schon und ich war im Begriff einzusteigen. Ein mulmiges Gefühl machte sich in meinem Bauch breit. Ein Teil von mir wollte wirklich in dieser Stadt bleiben um das anscheinend perfekt passende Auto zu kaufen. Ich war offenbar tatsächlich dieser Meinung ohne es je gesehen zu haben oder besonders viel Ahnung von Autos zu haben. Die anderen 50% von mir wollten aber auch schleunigst raus aus dieser unpersönlichen und brummenden Stadt. Marcus war mit zur Haltestelle gekommen um mich zu verabschieden. Wenige Minuten später saß ich im Bus und das Gefährt namh Fahrt auf. Nördlich, immer nördlich in Richtung Bay of Islands. Ich kann mich noch daran erinnern, dass die sanften grünen Hügel in ... read more
... war mit Flaggen als Vorhänge ausgestattet.
Motumaire
Nächtliche Paihia Wharf.

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cape Reinga January 11th 2014

Saturday January 11th, 2014. Northland Road Trip, North Island, New Zealand After an al-fresco breakfast we threw our stuff in the car and headed to the 'Far North' (bit of a joke as that is really the north pole!). It is actually only moderately remote and the coastline was supposed to be amazing. Our first stop was Whangaroa, described in the AA book as "one of the most scenic harbours in the southern hemisphere". Whangaroa Harbour (the centre of the County) is 40 minutes drive north of the Bay of Islands and 30 minutes drive south of Doubtless Bay, making the area’s attractions an ideal stopover for travellers searching for something different that speaks of authentic Northland – unspoiled and unique. The harbour is almost land-locked and is popular both as a fishing spot in its ... read more
4. Whangaroa Harbour
7. M at Whangaroa Harbour
18. 3 Harbour Entrance Pa Sites, Doubtless Bay

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cape Reinga November 29th 2013

De eerste fietsdag komt eraan, voor men vertrek bij Mark rijd ik even naar de winkel voor wat inkopen. Ik zeg dag tegen Jess en Mona en laat bedankkoekjes achter voor Mark. Nu begint het echt en ik breng men loodzware fiets in beweging. r staat een kort ritje gepland om erin te komen. Er zijn al direct wat heuvels en tot hiertoe moet ik nog niet op de hoofdweg. Het verkeer is desondanks toch al druk op sommige plekken, zeker het laatste stuk. Onderweg krijg ik nog even een wielrenner naast me die me waarschuwt voor de roekeloze chauffeurs hier. Het eindpunt is Red Beach, ik stel men tent op in het Holiday Park en loop dan nog even naar de lokale winkels die zeer beperkt zijn. Na gedoucht en gegeten te hebben zit de ... read more

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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Kaitaia September 4th 2013

Hi everyone, we are well on the way with our Two up Tarmac Tour, with a couple of spaces left in the container, so if this is a bit of you and you are looking for some adventure, then get in touch asap. Here is a great opportunity to join us on this inaugural Two up Tarmac Tour We have been running motorcycle adventure rides through Chile, Argentina, Bolivia and Peru since 2008 and they have been paving the roads in Chile and Argentina, as fast as we can ride them, so now we have the opportunity to ride your own Touring Motorcycle in South America. The Tour is designed for couples to enjoy their motorcycle together and to ride their bikes to many destinations that most people only dream about (or haven’t even heard of!). ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Kaitaia July 2nd 2013

Motorcycles are finally Home... After a long voyage from Chile to new Zealand, via China (Hong Kong), we have finally got our motorcycles back, but not without our fair share of frustration and delays. The ship was due into port on a Thursday, and so I organised a run down to Hamilton see my sister, Robyn and brother in law, Rex, who was making up the steel work for my Parrilla (BBQ) project at home for me. This would also allow me time to catch up with Barry Sproule, at Road and Sport Harley Davidson and visit the National Field Days at Mystery Creek, then back to Auckland to clear the moto’s on Tuesday or Wednesday, the following week, this looked like a good plan For the first time, New Zealand Customs, selected our container for ... read more
The Fire Box
Hot Coals
Bugger!!

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland January 25th 2013

Planning is well under way for our 2013 High Andes Adventure, with 9 bikes snuggled into the container and safely past the Astrolobe Reef, on their way to Valparaiso, Chile. This adventure started off a bit slow to get rider commitment, but, with only four days before closing the container, I got an urgent call from Jack, who had just been on an adventure ride down South, and he really wanted to come. He worked frantically to sort all the paperwork in one day that some of the others still have not completed!! For this High Andes adventure we have: Radar (Gavin Campbell) from Auckland, riding a KLR (ex Mike Vinsen fame, its already done the High Andes and the Patagonia Expedition). Barry Sproule from Road and Sport Harley Davidson in Hamilton, he is riding a ... read more
In Convoy
Morning Exercise...
Jack

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland January 19th 2013

Yesterday I reached the most northern place in New Zealand. According to Maori culture the spirits of the sea leave this earth here. They travel down the cliff to the tree then wait for the kelp to part so that they can enter the sea. They travel from here to Three islands where they emerge into the after life. A truly spiritual place, I climbed to the highest point where all you could hear was the wind. The place marks the meeting of the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean you can see where the currents meet and apparently when there is a storm the waves can reach up to thirty feet. Today I spent at Maitai Bay, actually hot enough to venture in to the sea for a swim!!! Not as cold as the sea ... read more
Netting of Tasman sea and Pacific Ocean
Long way from home
Tree where the spirits enter the water

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland December 25th 2012

Mmm, waar waren we gebleven. Oh ja, 24 december de dag voor Kerst. Wat een ongelofelijke prutdag was dat. Er lag ongeveer 40 kilometers asfalt voor ons klaar toen we s'ochtends op de fiets stapten. Niet veel dus en volgens onze planning zouden we dan ook op tijd in ons volgende hostel aankomen. Gosh, were we wrong! Na 5 minuten vielen de eerste spatjes regen. Na een uur waren we zeiknat en verkleumd en zijn we, halverwege een zware beklimming, in Manganoui een fish en chipstent ingevlucht. Iets vroeger dan gepland aan de lunch maar wel even droog. Na een uur bijkomen, opwarmen en zuchtend naar buiten kijken dan toch maar de stortregen weer ingedoken. Tot op het bot doorweekt kwamen we uiteindelijk aan in het Kahoe Farm Hostel. Hier stond s'avonds een heerlijk Kerstmaal op ... read more
Ons hutje, zonder de 2 gasten!
kleren gelijk te drogen gehangen maar desondanks waren ze pas de 3e dag echt droog
Heerlijk en gezellig eten!




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