March 18, 2016 at 2:30 pm #11809
Rank: 1200cc Rider
- Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
Going for a ride in The ‘Naki? Post your plans here so other local riders can join in.
To get a notification every time someone posts in this thread press the subscribe button at the top of the first post on the page.April 16, 2017 at 9:58 pm #17692
No posts here at all? Seems strange, as plenty of Taranaki riders around.April 17, 2017 at 1:00 am #17694
Hi @oldbeer. I often encounter adventure bikes travelling the gravel roads in Taranaki but it seems that we’re quite poor at sharing our adventures online.April 17, 2017 at 1:27 am #17695
Ah well, I’ll post some from my upcoming trip and see if that prompts a response!. My wife has decided she would like to come so that makes it pretty much a cert. Ill post here somewhere when I get my itinerary sorted.
The reason I’m up this late is that I found your Europe ride thread on advrider and got hooked – didnt get to every page but what I saw was impressive. Wifey and I had a great holiday in Andalucia in 2013 and I often found myself thinking how great it would be to go there on a bike.
CheersApril 17, 2017 at 4:28 pm #17696
Look out Taranaki, we are coming…
Original plans for a solo trip changed when mrs oldbeer peeked over the shoulder and saw planning underway so its a two up trip now.
I have booked accommodation in Awakino for Thursday and Friday night.
Will ride down Thursday and chill by the Mokau River that evening.
Friday I’d like to do Totoro, Kumara and Waitewhenua to Ohura, (then maybe Tazzamanui for supplies but adds 1.5 hours…) and back to Awakino via Waitaanga Road. What is at Mokau and Awakino these days? Anywhere to buy food? 4 square etc??? so I can avoid going to Taumaranui if we fancy a slow day? Two up we find 4 hours riding is enough – don’t want to spoil the vibe by having to rush anywhere.
Saturday will ride though Ahititi, Kiwi Road, Moki Road Okoki, Urenui and then to the big smoke. We will stay Saturday night in NPL somewhere in the middle of town.
Sunday, FWH through to Te Awamutu for Sunday night and home on Monday.
Should all be very cruisey.
So if anyone’s around on Saturday late afternoon, evening i’d be keen to say hi over a coffee or a beer.
Suggestions for a good Thai restaurant would be very welcome!
CheersApril 18, 2017 at 12:09 am #17701
@oldbeer, The Thai House Express at 79 Devon Street W (Tel 06 758 1179) might be worth checking out.April 18, 2017 at 7:28 pm #17706
apologies Dave Young, mixing up my Youngs there…it was Mikes RR I looked at.. Lots of young people in the Naki obviouslyApril 19, 2017 at 12:55 am #17711
No worries, @oldbeer. I’ve had a quick look at your itinerary and it looks like you’ve planned a great trip (the weather forecast is looking favourable too). Whilst browsing over on Adventure Rider I saw that you have had your questions answered regarding supplies at Mokau and Awakino, so that’s all sorted. My wife suggests the Siam Thai Fusion is a good place to have meal.April 19, 2017 at 6:15 pm #17729
Thanks all, counting down now.
We have ended up with a booking at the Thai Chefs 201 Devon at 6.30pm on Saturday. Anyone welcome to join us, let me know if you wanted to come and I’ll extend the booking. You never know who you might meet!
Cheers and thanks for the tipsApril 21, 2017 at 8:01 pm #17777
Rank: 400cc Rider
- Bike: Dr350
Enjoy Oldbeer. That route you have chosen via Kiwi Rd is one of my favourites, and Waitaanga Rd is awesome. I would have joined you except that I am working nightshift all weekend. If you ever head this way again let us know, I would be keen to join up as I usually ride alone due to the shift work pattern.April 22, 2017 at 2:49 pm #17778
Thanks…I’ll be back. Lots of interesting looking roads I missed. Sitting at Mud Bay Uranus having a cuppa now. Moki had a lot of loose gravel. Kaka was fun. Kiwi was a bit of a surprise. Great before the tunnel and fairly cruiseu after. A good day.April 22, 2017 at 3:09 pm #17779
*urenui not Uranus hahaDecember 27, 2017 at 3:23 pm #20596
Rank: 1200cc Rider
- Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
All going well I’m going to invade the ‘Naki tomorrow. I’ve got 3 days to get away and was going to go around Lake Waikaremoana and Gisborne area but rain is forecast there so it’s South West instead to the Naki.
I’ll be riding slow and not doing anything more technical as my health isn’t up to it but I’ll probably ride more distance as long as my energy does ok and will look at staying in a doc campsite somewhere.December 27, 2017 at 4:05 pm #20597
Rank: 50cc Rider
- Bike: DR650, F800GS
Hi I’m from Stratford and went through kiwi and moki road a few weeks ago. The roads had been graded before I rode them and had quite a bit of lose gravel but not to bad. I can meet you somewhere and tag along.December 27, 2017 at 4:47 pm #20598
Hey Eddie, happy riding. If you are proposing to do kiwi road from the north to south, the turning may be hard to see at first. I found it by setting my odometer from the last intersection (I was using mike hydes book or had got it from google earth, don’t recall which). It was tucked away behind a couple of plies of sealing chip. The road wasn’t blocked but clear sight of it was. I found the ascent from the north a bit of a challenge two up on the Vstrom but you shouldn’t have any problems. All plain sailing after that. Plenty of stock on the road.
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