On the road to Mimiwhangata, I chatted to Trevor who works for the Webb Brothers, owners of several very large blocks of land in the area. One of Trevor's workmates had been cutting out ragwort and Trevor had come to collect the tools, but he was having difficulty finding them. Later I met one of the brothers, Jack Webb, who was herding stock and told me to get out of the way while a bull,"a real wild one", came down the road. I did as I was told, and sure enough a handsome, sleek black bull came prancing along and passed us by.
CYCLE TOUR - THE COFFEE SAGA CONTINUES November 5th 2009 The search for a real latte ended in failure. But the day was not ruined. By late afternoon I reached a stunning DoC campground at a place called Mimiwhangata. The last few kilometres were along a gravel road with a steep climb and final descent.
Best Kept Secret
Mimiwhangata has to be one of the best kept secrets. It's a beautiful, sheltered spot with bush and farmland behind ... read more
Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Russell The Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand in about A.D. 800. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. In that same year... ... read more
A LATTE SIPPING, PONSONBY DWELLER GOES ADVENTURING BY BICYCLE
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THE BIG PLAN
I made a solo cycle ride from one end of New Zealand to the other over the southern summer - 2009/10. I kept off the busy highways as much as possible, and even managed a few 4WD tracks in some of the more remote corners of the country. I finished on 9 April 2010 and returned home ... full info