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glitch
14-02-2018, 11:06 AM
Touring The Trans-NZ ADV Route _ North Island

Segment 1. CAPE REINGA / AHIPARA *** SPECIAL *** (http://www.austouring.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6430)
Segment 2. AHIPARA TO WAIPU (http://www.austouring.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6432) (3 options)
Segment 3. WAIPU TO CLEVEDON (http://www.austouring.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6435)
Segment 4A-WESTERN routes_Clevedon to Woodville (2 options +extras) (http://www.austouring.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6502)
Segment 4B-EASTERN routes_Clevedon to Woodville (2 options + Extras) (http://www.austouring.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6503)
Segment 5. WOODVILLE TO WELLINGTON (photos by April 2019)



Touring The Trans-NZ ADV Route _ South Island...5334km

Segment 1. PICTON-TO-HANMER/CULVERDEN (http://www.austouring.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6424)
Segment 2. HANMER/ CULVERDEN TO FAIRLIE (http://www.austouring.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6425)
Segment 3. FAIRLIE TO NASEBY (http://www.austouring.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6426)
Segment 4. NASEBY TO CROMWELL (http://www.austouring.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6427)
Segment 5. CROMWELL TO MANAPOURI (http://www.austouring.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6428)
Segment 6. MANAPOURI TO THE CATLINS (SOUTH COAST) (http://www.austouring.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6429)



The Trans New Zealand ADV Touring Route...WHAT/WHY/HOW/WHERE? (http://www.austouring.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6423)



General NZ info and links (http://www.austouring.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6422)




Some of the following routes are NOT advisable on rental motorcycles unless one is prepared to bear the consequences/ cost (check your rental contract THOROUGHLY!!)
A few stretches include tolls and fees ( i.e. road-user fees/ access fees/ ferry-charges etc).
Routes are a mix of tar+ gravel with preference given to the more scenic route, whichever it is.
As a whole, the route will NOT be suitable to a "gravel-newbie"!!

Many parts have multiple alternative route options which can be mixed+matched at intersecting locations to easily facilitate swapping i.e. from one side of the island to the other while still generally continuing the ride north or south.

What it's NOT:
The fastest way from A->B.
The shortest way from A->B
The only way to "The Best of NZ"....you'll have to create that part for yourself.



*** PLEASE NOTE ***
The North of the North Island in particular offers a great variety of beach runs, from short 1-5km sections to the Muriwai Beach, the 90-Mile Beach (which is rather 90km), the ~120km Ripiro Beach, East Beach and many more. Rental agencies DO NOT like their vehicles on beaches as damage can be great (salt/ corrosion), soft sand can bog the vehicle and expose it to the incoming tide etc. Read your rental agreement thoroughly...and understand it fully!!

Common sense and respecting the surrounding environment goes a long way to make a beach-run an unforgettable experience though.




Beach Routes around the Cape Reinga Peninsula:


Green = 90Mile beach from Ahipara in the South to Scott Point in the North
Orange = The Northern access of 90Mile is Te Paki Stream, a sandy "creek-road"
Purple = East Beach / Kaimaumau Beach
Red = Tokerau Beach (good, easy practice beach)


http://www.glitch-oz.com/Pics/NZBCDR/NZBCDR_NI_04a.jpg


Main road and access roads to places, campsites and beaches:
MAP, zoom for detail: https://goo.gl/JfkX4h



http://www.glitch-oz.com/Pics/NZBCDR/NZBCDR_NI_03b.jpg


************ THE REINGA LOOP ***********


Route: AHIPARA -> 90MILE BEACH -> TE PAKI STREAM -> CAPE REINGA RETURN -> SPIRITS BAY -> RARAWA BEACH -> PUKENUI -> WAGENER HOMESTEAD/ HOUHORA HEADS-> KAIMAUMAU / EAST BEACH -> LAKE NGATU-> AHIPARA



1) Suggested time-frame: 1.5-2 days

2) Fuel and some basic supplies available at Waitiki Landing ~20km south of Cape Reinga on SH1
Fuel also at the wharf at Pukenui (credit card needed)

3) Tide tables (http://www.tides4fishing.com/nz) (essential for beach riding)

4) Suggested loop: clockwise from Ahipara. Make sure of tides being favourable!!! 90Mile Beach requires about 2 good hours of riding within a 4hour window
(two hours either side of Dead-Low) Try to exit the beach by midday latest to have enough time to visit Cape Reinga, Spirits Bay and other nice spots down the Peninsula and make camp/ find accommodation.

5) Going clockwise requires to exit via Te Paki Stream. Splashing through the shallow freshwater creek for about 3-4km washes the salt off the bikes.



AHIPARA


http://www.glitch-oz.com/pics/17/NZ_Northland/Northland_179.JPG


-> 90MILE BEACH


http://www.glitch-oz.com/pics/14/NZ_Tiddlers/Tiddlers_NZ14_167.JPG



http://www.glitch-oz.com/pics/14/NZ_Tiddlers/Tiddlers_NZ14_173.JPG


http://www.glitch-oz.com/pics/17/NZ_Northland/Northland_184.JPG


http://www.glitch-oz.com/pics/14/NZ_Tiddlers/Tiddlers_NZ14_176.JPG



http://www.glitch-oz.com/pics/14/NZ_Tiddlers/Mock_NZ14_049.JPG


https://photos.smugmug.com/NZ-NOV-2017/i-HDcDWLd/0/37eeb175/X2/P1080719-X2.jpg




-> TE PAKI STREAM (beach access track through creek, some of it is sometimes blown-over with sand from the dunes)



http://www.glitch-oz.com/Pics/NZBCDR/NZBCDR_NI_05.jpg



http://www.glitch-oz.com/pics/14/NZ_Tiddlers/Tiddlers_NZ14_190.JPG



http://www.glitch-oz.com/pics/17/NZ_Northland/Northland_193.JPG



http://www.glitch-oz.com/pics/17/NZ_Northland/Northland_196.JPG

glitch
23-02-2018, 09:11 AM
-> CAPE REINGA RETURN


https://photos.smugmug.com/NZ-NOV-2017/i-R4B4zTp/0/9f91f930/X2/P1080752-X2.jpg


http://www.glitch-oz.com/pics/14/NZ_Tiddlers/Tiddlers_NZ14_198.JPG


http://www.glitch-oz.com/pics/17/NZ_Northland/Northland_205.JPG




-> SPIRITS BAY


http://www.glitch-oz.com/pics/14/NZ_Tiddlers/Tiddlers_NZ14_197.JPG



http://www.glitch-oz.com/pics/17/NZ_Northland/Northland_207.JPG



http://www.glitch-oz.com/pics/17/NZ_Northland/Northland_210.JPG



https://photos.smugmug.com/NZ-NOV-2017/i-VKkZXTx/0/58f0b3ca/X2/P1080758-X2.jpg



-> RARAWA BEACH -> PUKENUI


http://www.glitch-oz.com/pics/14/NZ_Tiddlers/Tiddlers_NZ14_211.JPG


http://www.glitch-oz.com/pics/14/NZ_Tiddlers/Mock_NZ14_063.JPG




-> WAGENER HOMESTEAD/ HOUHORA HEADS (there is access from here onto East Beach at LOW TIDE ONLY via a ford of a salt-water estuary)


http://www.glitch-oz.com/pics/14/NZ_Tiddlers/Mock_NZ14_070a.JPG



http://www.glitch-oz.com/pics/14/NZ_Tiddlers/Mock_NZ14_068.JPG



-> KAIMAUMAU / EAST BEACH (beach access is generally flat and fairly easy....make sure of time-restrictions according to tide tables, see above)


http://www.glitch-oz.com/Pics/NZBCDR/NZBCDR_NI_06.jpg


http://www.glitch-oz.com/pics/14/NZ_Tiddlers/Mock_NZ14_069.JPG


http://www.glitch-oz.com/pics/14/NZ_Tiddlers/Mock_NZ14_070.JPG


Usable, firm hardpack right along the waters edge can narrow down to half-a-meter only, even at dead-low tide near the Houhura Harbour Heads.
Map also shows the approx. line to cross the estuary (not recommended!, bottom is also silty and muddy at times)


http://www.glitch-oz.com/Pics/NZBCDR/NZBCDR_NI_07.jpg



http://www.glitch-oz.com/pics/14/NZ_Tiddlers/Mock_NZ14_073.JPG



http://www.glitch-oz.com/pics/14/NZ_Tiddlers/Tiddlers_NZ14_238.JPG


-> LAKE NGATU-> AHIPARA


http://www.glitch-oz.com/pics/17/NZ_Northland/Northland_175.JPG