April 4, 2017 at 2:09 pm #17493
Hi. I’m planning a one and half day trip leaving Kaukapakapa Dairy 9am Friday 14/04 and heading up SH16 on to SH1, then out to Maungatoroto to ride the back roads to Moerewa before continuing to Rawhiti and Whangaruru North to camp for the night – just over 300km and around 6 hours riding.
Roads north of Maungatoroto will include Bull, Pikiwahine, Omana, Houtu, Wright, Pipiwai and Pokapu.
The DOC camp at Whangururu North is basic so you will need to be self-sufficient with tent, sleeping bag and cooker (if you want to eat/drink anything hot).
On Saturday the plan is to ride south via Helena Bay and Opuawhanga on as much gravel as possible before popping out in Whangarei for a late breakfast or lunch. Here I’ll say ‘adios’ as I plan to stay the night with family 20 minutes south.
If you are interested in joining me for all or some of the Saturday plus Sunday morning riding – or have any advice about any of the Northland roads mentioned – please post a reply?
Note, this plan is based on the weather outlook not including rain and high winds, which if forecast will mean postponing this trip until the following Saturday and Sunday, staying at either Whangaruru or Oakura Bay holiday parks.April 12, 2017 at 11:37 am #17614
This overnight camping trip up north is cancelled due to the weather forecast.
The following weekend on the Saturday (again fine weather dependant) I’m likely to head down to New Plymouth via some gravel and stay in a hostel before checking out the National Junior Motocross Champs on the Sunday.April 12, 2017 at 1:07 pm #17626
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- Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
A very good call I think.August 4, 2017 at 2:57 pm #18962
Rank: 400cc Rider
- Location: Red Beach
- Bike: XRV 750
So when are you thinking you might get this happening?August 4, 2017 at 4:56 pm #18967
Rank: 800cc Rider
- Location: Auckland
- Bike: R1200GS
This could be tied into the track survey for the Labour day rally we are looking at doing.
Do you have a planned track?August 6, 2017 at 3:53 pm #18995
I rode most of the planned Northland route as a day ride back in June leaving from and returning to 30km south of Whangarei.
The roads I recommend (based on the criteria of being off the beaten track and including great scenery/views) include (heading north):
Omana, Pukehuia, Houtu, Wright, Pipiwai, Pokapu
From here you pop out in Moerewa, where I headed east to Kawakawa and the out to Waikare via Waikare Rd.
The treasure road from here is Russell Road heading south east, which does turn to seal but is twisty so great fun to ride.
You can then turn off and ride out to Ohawini Bay which is pretty cool as you need to ride on the beach and around a concrete road on a small rocky point to get there.
From here head south to Helena bay on to Webb Road (gravel) which turns in to Kaikanui. The views north and east at the top of the hill just past the turn off to Mimiwhangata are out of this world!
At the end of Kaikanui I turned right on to Pigs Head Rd (gravel) but if you turn left and head east then there are some great gravel roads heading south from Whananaki.
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