Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Day 4 - Part II. Auckland -> Helensville -> Wellsford -> Dargaville -> Waipoua Forest -> Ngawha Springs

Rain overnight, cool and damp with low cloud in the morning. A quick pack up (no wet tents) then off for breakfast at the Atomic Cafe with our hosts. Auckland Hipsterdome. Good breakfast and excellent coffee. Fond farewells made and we hit the motorway north to Helensville.
Up the west coast before rejoining Highway 1 at Wellsford. Morning coffee then a brief stint on route 1 before turning west again and heading for Dargaville and the start of the Kauri Coast. Very windy with a strong southwesterly making riding 'interesting'!
Dargaville for lunch then north to the Waipoua Forest. A remnant of the vast Kauri Forests that once covered this part of New Zealand. Damp, dark green and primordial.
Stop to admire Tane Mahuta. Approximately 2000 years old and the largest living Kauri Tree. Impressive.
More great riding and the sky gets clearer as we continue north before turning inland at Omapere. Supplies at Kaikohe then 10km to our camp  at Ngawha Springs. Thermal pools at 40 degrees plus cold shower, cold beer, dinner and an early night.
Is there no end to the amazing roads in NZ. Apparently not!

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