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June – 4 rides in 4 weekends – the Wet Month.

June – 4 rides in 4 weekends – the Wet Month.

This was a concept we dreamed up last year to fill the void following NZ’s COVID lockdown when we were supposed to be overseas on a celebration trip. Instead with COVID still looming, we sorted a weekend ride for every weekend in June. Minimal organization, and no...

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May – Café run to the Sandbar, Mangawhai Heads

May – Café run to the Sandbar, Mangawhai Heads

There is something nice about Northland. No, it isn’t the Auckland traffic that needs battling to get there, but the scenery, the pace of life, maybe it’s the people. Whatever it is, we quite like it up there! We’d had a couple of great experiences at the Sandbar, so...

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April – Café run to Kinloch, Lake Taupo

April – Café run to Kinloch, Lake Taupo

Kinloch – we’ve all seen the sign, but what IS down that road? As it isn’t a through road, many, us included, pass straight on by. Well, I can report riding in feels like entering a country club – a big golf fairway, a covered boat storage park, then an entire town of...

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Waipu to Te Anau avoiding SH1

Waipu to Te Anau avoiding SH1

5,400kms, 13 days, 9 bikes, 14 people and endless sunshine! Come riding with us, we know where to go and how to get there! I don’t think this ride could have got any better! We set ourselves the challenge of getting from as far North to as far South without using...

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Where can you go in a week? Or just a weekend?

Where can you go in a week? Or just a weekend?

Quite a long way really! With NZ’s summer sun beaming down on us, we had an impromptu week in the South Island, a trip to the East Cape and a really successful Café Run to Hawkes Bay. The Christmas Hols are notoriously busy on NZ roads due to school (and work!) summer...

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Escape before the summer madness

Escape before the summer madness

After a fab morning in the sunshine at the market talking bikes to the good people of Morrinsville, we swapped bikes and headed for Awakino where we settled into the hotel with "a couple of jugs of Monteith's black" over a good natter. We got lucky with the roadworks...

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November Sunshine and Bonfires

November Sunshine and Bonfires

We had a fantastic weekend away! It was a great excuse to finish work early on Friday . It was 28°C on the trip down to National Park after work. Good beer, ok food, and an ace group. Saturday breakfast at the Blue Hills Cafe in Owhango was awesome and some lovely,...

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Talking bikes at Morrinsville Market

Talking bikes at Morrinsville Market

Did you see us at the Morrinsville Country Market? We took our Motorcyclist's Bee Sting Kits and Ventz from our shop down to the Morrinsville Country Market and spent the morning talking about our rides to anyone and everyone! It was so nice to meet lots of local...

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4 Rides in 4 Weekends – June 2020

4 Rides in 4 Weekends – June 2020

June 2020 was a month to reset. After our aborted trip in March (thanks Covid!) we arranged 4 weekends away through June. #1 – We went back to Waipu in Northland. Level 2 restrictions saw a reasonably long wait for a table at McLeods for pizza and beer, but well...

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Birthday Overnighter – Karikari Peninsula, 2020

Birthday Overnighter – Karikari Peninsula, 2020

There is something about Northland – the combination of farmland and glittering coastal scenery, the flowing roads, the overwhelming peace, the generous and relaxed people… it’s alluring. If it wasn’t for the Auckland blockage between there and here, we’d spent a lot...

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Sneaky Overnighter – Tokomaru Bay 2019

Sneaky Overnighter – Tokomaru Bay 2019

The Christmas craziness was looming – on the roads, but more so at work and I had a hankering to go to the East Cape – although this hankering is nothing new! We’d heard that there was some fair accommodation at the Tokomaru Bay pub where I hadn’t stayed for 16 years...

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November Quickie 2019

November Quickie 2019

November Quickie – Awakino 2019 Our annual “it’s been too long since we had a decent holiday and let us go ride our bikes” weekend rocked around none too early this year. The Awakino hotel had been calling out to me as I passed every couple of months over the last...

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