Day 2: Auckland to Ahipara

by The Crew on January 9, 2011

After picking our bikes up from the terrific John and Aidan at Te Waipounamu  Motorcycle Tours we headed north with the destination being Ahipara.

I was on an absolutely gorgeous BMW R1200R – man, what a piece of work this is.

Amazing handling, responsive and beautifully set up – the best bike I’ve ever ridden bar none.

We headed out in light rain and got onto the State Highway.

After the usual 30 minutes or so of familiarising ourselves with the bikes, we were all fairly comfortable and settled into an enjoyable first day of riding.

Taking a break on the State Highway, NZ

Taking a break on the State Highway, NZ

But the bloody rain wouldn’t stop and continued on for most of the day.

We kept on the State Highway and headed west to aim for the town of Dargaville for lunch.

Wet day, but still a great view

Wet day, but still a great view

The Waipoua Forest was full of twists and turns for us and we were all keen to enjoy the forest.

Next stop was the ferry crossing at Rawene in Hokianga Harbour.  A wet ferry ride across and we were onto the West Coast Road and on the way to Apihara.

JB & I laugh it up on the ferry

JB & I laugh it up on the ferry

Not the greatest days riding with the rain and cloud coverage putting a dampener on things, but we were roaring around NZ on motorbikes so it doesn’t really count as anything other than an excellent day.

Ahipara Bay Motel

We’ booked into the Ahipara Bay Motel, a nice spot with large rooms/apartments and cleaned up.  Great views over the bay.

View over the bay from the Bay Motel

View over the bay from the Bay Motel

Then it was into the bar for a beer or 3 and dinner as well.

Dinner was fantastic with sensational steaks and some lovely beers and wines.  That was topped off with some port and the lads returned to their rooms ready for throwing about some zzzzzzzzzzzzz.

 

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