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  • #4392

    Scott Livingston
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    • Location: Takapuna in Auckland
    • Bike: 2010 DR650
    • Rank: 250cc Rider

    North of auckland has plenty of great gravel roads to ride. These are a few of my favorites.
    Krippner road, Puhoi – the views at the top of the hill are amazing.
    Old Kaipara road, Kaipara – at one spot you can see the Sea on both sides east and west.
    Mountain road, Kaiwaka – you’ll see an old homestead on the point that will make you stop and wish you lived there.
    Finlayson Brook road, Waipu – it,s narrow, there is a fiord, there’s trees growing over the road, spectacular views, you get the picture.

    #4393

    glitch_oz
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    Will try to stitch something, Hamilton isn’t THAT big. 🙂
    Bernard (platypus121) from the AT forum has offered 2 of his Posties.
    He’s the one who’s done all the long-range touring on a CT over here.
    Excellent ride reports…classy!

    http://www.austouring.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4296
    http://www.austouring.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4678

    And the run-up to one of those months-long rides:
    http://www.austouring.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4107

    Catch up later 🙂

    #4394

    glitch_oz
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    <cite>@adscott8 said:</cite>
    North of auckland has plenty of great gravel roads to ride. These are a few of my favorites.
    Krippner road, Puhoi – the views at the top of the hill are amazing.
    Old Kaipara road, Kaipara – at one spot you can see the Sea on both sides east and west.
    Mountain road, Kaiwaka – you’ll see an old homestead on the point that will make you stop and wish you lived there.
    Finlayson Brook road, Waipu – it,s narrow, there is a fiord, there’s trees growing over the road, spectacular views, you get the picture.

    …and only then I saw this:
    What a chest of Gold…thank YOU very much, sir!!
    Will go and dig through this immediately….ok to come back to you if I don’t find something?
    Thanks again for the tips!! 🙂

    #4395

    Scott Livingston
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    • Location: Takapuna in Auckland
    • Bike: 2010 DR650
    • Rank: 250cc Rider

    You are most welcome.
    Definitely come back to me if you cannot find the roads I’m referring to. Happy to help finding these.
    And the good news is there are plenty more.
    I’m an ex motox, ex trail ride now adventure ride guy who ambles along pretty slowly and likes getting off the beaten track, enjoying the scenery and quieter country air – so if you like the same you will enjoy the roads I named plus any of the numerous gravel roads north of Waitoki (riding up Weranui Rd) between State highway 16 and 1 and up to Wellsford.
    The Waikato ride on the 13 September to Old Mountain Rd (looks like a cool twisty climb), Te Akau and then to Port Waikato (which I have never been to) looks awesome so am thinking of doing this and might see you there.
    I’m also planning a 3 to 4 day ride from Auckland to Raglan to Kawhia to Ohura to New Plym to the forgotten highway and back up via Mangakino in early October so will looking for tips from others on “best gravel roads to ride” hopefully from members of this forum.
    Cheers.

    #4396

    Eddieb
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    • Location: Hamilton
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    Sounds like some nice roads up there. Do you have a GPS? we are always looking for new track submissions to share with other riders.

    #4397

    glitch_oz
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    <cite>@adscott8 said:</cite>

    I’m also planning a 3 to 4 day ride from Auckland to Raglan to Kawhia to Ohura to New Plym to the forgotten highway and back up via Mangakino in early October so will looking for tips from others on “best gravel roads to ride” hopefully from members of this forum.
    Cheers.

    HUrray….perhaps I can help a little here.
    Happy to post up the Gmaps links if needed, but you’ll most probably know most/ all of the roads anyway.
    http://www.austouring.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4334

    #4398

    Scott Livingston
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    • Location: Takapuna in Auckland
    • Bike: 2010 DR650
    • Rank: 250cc Rider

    Hi. No gps sorry. I plan and write my trip itineraries down road by road road, turn left or right using google but should find out more about using a gps I guess. Next time I head up north I,ll take a camera and share some pics. Might see you on the 13th Sept. Thanks.

    #4399

    glitch_oz
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    <cite>@adscott8 said:</cite>
    ….. who ambles along pretty slowly and likes getting off the beaten track, enjoying the scenery and quieter country air – so if you like the same you will enjoy the roads I named…..

    <cite>@adscott8 said:</cite>
    Hi. No gps sorry.

    Yo, that’s the type of riding we enjoy most. Then add a camera/ good tucker and local plonk before the most enjoyable part of meeting the locals and learning their ways,…and we’ve got ourselves a good time!
    Same here, no GPS…planning via Google + Gmaps, then paper maps and dead-reckoning when out there.
    Thanbks again for the tips.
    Should start a new topic, really…sorry for hijacking the welcome-thread. Move as you wish.

    #4414

    Gavin Gray
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    • Location: Hawera
    • Bike: R80GS Basic, KTM 990 Adventure, ZReX!!
    • Rank: 50cc Rider

    Hi. I’ve been a BMW R80GS owner for the last 20 years and now have a KTM 990 Adventure to go with it. The local bike scene is mostly sports bikes and hammering it out to the Whangamomona pub – which is good fun but you can have too much of a good thing. Looking to do more exploring of our fantastic back yard.
    Cheers
    Gavin

    #4423

    Eddieb
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    • Location: Hamilton
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    Good choice Gavin, I’ve had a 950 and R80G/S and R100PD, and have recently acquired a R80 which I’m putting a sidecar on and will still be used for gravel.

    You’ve done the old Whangamomona Road I presume?
    http://www.adventureridingnz.co.nz/gps-tracks-rides/north-island-tracks/old-whangamomona-road/

    #4424

    Gavin Gray
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    • Location: Hawera
    • Bike: R80GS Basic, KTM 990 Adventure, ZReX!!
    • Rank: 50cc Rider

    There’s a loop via the old Whanga road to Autuhia Station ( Bridge to Somewhere ) and then through it which comes out close to the Kohouratahi hall on SH43. It’s a popular ride with the trail bike set and I’ve done it myself. Sections of it are blue papa and like greased glass if at all wet (as you’ve mentioned), which is pretty much always.
    I’d be keen to try it on a big bike after a prolonged dry spell but otherwise I mostly stick to gravel roads around Taranaki/Taumarunui/Waitomo.

    I see you’re heading to the Kiwi. I’m planning the same if the weather’s semi-cooperative – maybe I’ll see you and some of the other members there.

    #4428

    Eddieb
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    • Location: Hamilton
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    Keep an eye out for us, we should be wearing Adventure Riding NZ gear and I’m hoping to have a small banner up.

    #4863

    Eddieb
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    • Location: Hamilton
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    @glitch_oz said:
    Hi everyone
    Just saying g’day from Melbourne.

    Eddie, stellar job on the forum… good stuff and congrats!!
    Goodie and I will fly in on the 25th Oct for a fortnight of exploring the Northland on a couple of Posties which are kindly provided by a friend in Hamilton.
    Might even catch up??

    @glitch_oz, getting close now. How long are you in Hamilton for? I’m in Rotorua for a wedding Sunday, back Monday afternoon.

    #4872

    glitch_oz
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    <cite>@eddieb said:</cite>
    @glitch_oz, getting close now. How long are you in Hamilton for? I’m in Rotorua for a wedding Sunday, back Monday afternoon.

    Coming in late-ish Sat.
    A Raglan-loop for the Sunday, getting chaperoned by an XT250 hehhee…. then heading North early Monday morning to try and bumblebee our way through/ around AKL to Whatipu Wharf/ Anawhata/ Piha/ Karekare to have a look at the old Coastal Railway tracks hanging off the sea-cliffs.

    If possible, shoot me your mobile# on a pm and I’ll give you a tingle Sat night and we’ll see what happens.
    If not this time, then perhaps next time in the far south?
    (Southern SI planned for Feb/ March ’16, 2 weeks, group 6-8, concentrating on the Southern Highlands and the South Coast, not much “tourist stuff”).

    Rustle your troops and we’ll make it a joint-effort! 🙂

    #4947

    Eddieb
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    • Location: Hamilton
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    I’m around till about 11:30 on Sunday morning, not sure what time you are heading out.

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