- Bike: KTM 1190 Adventure, Husaberg FE 390
Four of us made the run up the beach DR400, DR650, Tenere 700 and KTM 1190. We fuelled up in Wiamuku then met at the Muriwai café. After coffee we headed out the vehicle access to the beach and rode up to the Waionui inlet entrance. From there it was to Shelly beach for lunch via Wilson’s road. After lunch we visited the inside of the Waionui inlet via the Trig Road access. Then back down to Helensville. We rode from point to point, with no side tracking. The DR650’s standard tank went on reserve 10km short of Helensville and the odo showed 170km from fill to fill.
A few things to watch for. The Muriwai vehicle access was heavily churned and rutted by 4WD drive traffic. It is however flat and there is traction. We made it out by swallowing our pride and paddling. About three quarters of the way up the beach, the forest has suffered from encroachment from the sea. Even at only an hour past low tide we were getting pinched between the half buried dead trees and the wash up the beach. We were running late and the tide was small. However, it is worth planning the trip around a big tide and checking the surf report. We used to visit twenty years ago when there was white sand beach all the way up except for a few short sections. We were blown away by how much beach, dune and forest has been taken by the sea. It was fascinating to watch the GPS, physically you were riding at the waters edge, according to the map we were well inland.
Finally the Wilsons road exit is easily missed from the beach at the moment. It was good to have that in the GPS. Two of our team (who have used it previously) rode past it.
We experienced stunning views across to Pouto and over the bombing range dunes from the beach. We were also surprised at how pretty the glade is at Waionui inlet. We experienced good food and coffee. The South Head road, isn’t a bad ride in its own right. Connecting it to the old North Road on the way back to Auckland makes for a far more interesting route than coming down the main road. I left central Auckland at 8am and was home again by 4:30. A great days outing from Auckland.