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post #1 of 16 Old 01-23-2019, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
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Hi I am hiring a bike on the North Island for a week, what roads and places are a must see/do. I will be on a road bike 2 up. Thanks.
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You are going to the wrong island!

South is where you need to be.

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I would read the itineraries of the tour companies for a start. I am going from March 9 to March 30 with Paradise Tours.

Check out this for an ambitious route:
https://www.stromtrooper.com/ride-re...ing-route.html

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From Auckland I assume? P38arover is correct in that the best riding, and with far less traffic, is in the South Island. That is where the bigger mountain chains are. It is very much like Tasmania.
See the map below. It could be ridden in 8 hours but you would be passing through many of the popular holiday destinations. You could add an Opotiki to Opotiki loop via Te Aroaha and Gisborne and then head for Rotorua.
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Agree, south better. North very commercial and full of tourists, south very back to nature, still have tourists but heaps better for mountains and exploring I think.
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Hi I am hiring a bike on the North Island for a week, what roads and places are a must see/do. I will be on a road bike 2 up. Thanks.
Despite what everyone else says, there is still a lot of fun riding in the North Island! What other activities are you looking to get involved in? I always recommend people head to Bay of Islands (particularly Northland Dive if you are into Scuba as well). The Far North in general is pretty good, although at times the road quality ain't great.

As for known about roads, in the North Island, the big ones are The Gentle Annie, The Forgotten World Highway and the Coro loop (part of which is included in Brockie's map). The loop particularly gets clogged with holiday makers through summer, and also riders being muppets (which might be your thing).

You might have trouble finding it as its out of print and not available online but "New Zealand motorcycle atlas" by Peter Mitchell has a couple great routes for touring around and seeing all the country. Both sticking to tarmac and gravel. It might be too late for your planning, but the Auckland libraries have a couple copies reserved for in library use only. You could stop and have a quick read before setting off on your travels.
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Entirely with Rambaldi here, obviously someone who knows the place.
Also have to disagree with a few other North Island statements above.


I reckon it's the best choice for a single week of NZ travels...and would highly recommend to rather "do" one area a little more in depth than trying to string together 500k' days.
Easy enough on the dopey straights in Oz, but entirely non-applicable in NZ.
North or South.

I'd suggest to spend that week NOT through the center of the NI (which means LOTS of bike time, lots of k's but little time for anything else) but the Northland (everything north of Auckland) and maybe add the Coromandel (and not just the loop!), if there's enough time left. Work with a 250-300k daily average if you actually want to see something of the place, get off the bike to walk up a lookout or a rock-arch down the beach, a scenic lunch on a beach with locally smoked Hoki etc.

A million bends, never-ending hills, lots of attractions of all sorts and never more than 50k's away from a magnificent coastline, fabulous beaches, National Parks, Forests etc.
Better weather, more stable than the SI (west coast in particular) and by far not as overrun and plasticky/ touristy as many of the SI hubs.


Here's the link on a TWO-week Northland (north of AKL) yarn with LOTS of pics, most places are reachable via sealed roads.

http://www.austouring.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6335


Looks like we might be swapping doorhandles at the the AKL airport then
Will be there with the AusTouring crew for a 2week North Island ride to map the Wairarapa area north-east of Wellington in March/ April.
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Here's also a current thread on ADV/ NZ section re Bay of Islands area, great reply by one of the locals

https://advrider.com/f/threads/bay-o...#post-36812961
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A week dosen't leave you a lot of time but it should be awesome no matter what you do .

Another source of info is the Kiwi Biker website .

If you're heading down towards the Wellington region Route 52 is an awesome ride from Napier to Masterton ( refreshing at the Duke of Edinburgh Hotel , Porangahau ) keeping away from most traffic but watch for sheep .

The East Coast route from Opotiki to Gisborne is a spectacular trip passing thru Tolaga Bay .

And the Bay of Islands is a fantastic part of the North Island .

You have a lot of choices
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Thanks for the tips, really appreciate it. I'm over there for three weeks but only doing the bike for one. Will have to look at doing the South Island sometime in the future.
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