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    Day 1 – Cape Reinga to Kohukohu Ferry

    See B2T for how to get to the first section of the route, from Auckland. Chances are your Day 1 started somewhere like Kaitaia and you rode up the road or the beach to the top. Te Paki is where you will turn off if you want to ride down 90 Mile Beach. Riding down the Te Paki stream is fun, my suggestion is that you keep to the stream bead, its wide and flat (if it’s not raining heavily) and fine to ride on, best you don’t stop though. There’s usually a band of soft sand where the stream peters out, before you get to the main beach. It’s an option to just ride the stream, turn round and come back up to the road.

    If you are coming down the beach then checking tide times is very important. Ideally start your run as soon as the tide falls enough for you to pass down the beach. There’s one point in about the middle (called The Bluff) that will be difficult to get past if the water is too high. As long as you get there while the tide is falling then you may just have to wait a little while. It’s about 1.5 hours run taking your time so its not too bad. There’s a power washer at the Mobil station in Kaitaia, to clean at least some of the sand and general beach crap off your bike.

    Personally I would be very careful of the beach on a stormy day with big waves. Waves can come from different directions at once. At the shoreline, two (or more) wave patterns combine to create the “sets” of waves well known to surfers. Every now and then all the patterns can combine to produce a very big “rogue” wave. Lots of people die on this coast every year for this reason, caught by a rogue wave when fishing from the rocks. Once you are in the water it is very difficult to get out as you cannot stand up in the backwash from the beach. You have been warned, treat the beach with the respect it deserves.

    Whether you have come down the beach or the road the route will take you to or close to Ahipara. If you went up and down the road then this is a good spot to go and have a look at 90 Mile Beach and if you feel so inclined ride on and off again. Ahipara has a very nice campground and there is lots of holiday accommodation here available on line. It’s a much nicer place to stay than Kaitaia itself.

    The route then heads south past Herekino and Broadwood down to the Hokianga ferry terminal at Kohukohu. There’s a good backpackers here (The Tree House) There is accommodation on the south side of the Hokianga Harbour after you get off the ferry. Ferry shuttles back and forth on the half hour or so, cheap and efficient. Recommended.

    The route is all sealed road until the last section, Paponga Road which is gravel (and very nice too) So, if by now you are desperate for a bit more gravel riding then here are some options.

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1xxZr8mJUYYCb9GJ20NJBqVzuU8H8l5mc&usp=sharing

    The northern portion of this map will take you about a day to ride. If you don’t have time to do all of it then see if you can get to Fern Flat Road then return to SH1 via Peria Valley Road. Lunch and gas available at Kaitaia and Taipa on the east coast otherwise options are a bit limited. Note that this loop ride will take you on a short section of SH1 that is locally known as the Mangamuka Hill. It’s a great piece of road, very twisty uphill and downhill, so good you will enjoy it on any bike. A common reaction is to turn round and ride it again, especially if there was any traffic on it the first time. Treat yourself!

    Another shorter side trip is to ride out to Mitimiti on the west coast. Not spectacular but still interesting. There are lots of things to do around the Hokianga Harbour, both north and south side. There’ s also Panguru and Pawarenga Harbours, but these are dead end roads.

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