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Old 09-27-2010, 05:40 PM   #1
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The 'Naki Boys Adventure - NZ

Rotorua - Inglewood - Somewhere - Whanganui - Nowhere - Rotorua

For the last few years the Taranaki Hardcore have been organising a tour of the local backroads which has always been a great ride. Last weekend was the date for this years wee hoon & we all had a mighty fine time.

Our ride down on the Friday arvo was wet, windy & chilly at times but there were enough patches of sun to brighten up the trip. Despite all the half cleared slips from the last weeks storms hwy 43 was still a nice ride, we stopped at the Whangamomona Pub for an ale on the way.

That night we met up with most of the crew for a fine BBQ at Colin's place. The next morning it was off through the intermittent showers to enjoy some twisty Taranaki back roads. Our wanderings eventually took us to Aotuhia & the Bridge to Somewhere:

Why is it called the Bridge to Somewhere you ask? Well, that's because it's not the Bridge to Nowhere of course! Read on & all will be revealed.

Anyway, the 'A-loop' out to Whangamomona on the rough & muddy old road was closed due to slips so we yahoo'ed our way back out through the twisty gravel to Stratford for lunch:

Then it was on to Wanganui via an indirect but fun & scenic route. The sun had come out & the twisty little backroads had dried out making the tarmac bits much more fun. After a bit of highway we turned into Bushy Park Rd & some spirited riding ensued. Gary had a high speed encounter with the bank but managed to bounce back onto the road upright & carry on, to the amazement of those following:

We looped back down to Wanganui on a road that was not much more than a farm track in places, it made for a neat ride in the evening light.

Eventually we came out of the forest to views from high above the Whanganui River, then made our way down to our stop for the night at the Top 10 campground. We installed ourselves in our cabins then got down to some socialising over beer & pizza

The next morning we were up bright & early to head into town for breakfast then we zoomed up the old Whanganui River Road.

This was the road to Nowhere. Well, kinda, actually the road doesn't go all the way to Nowhere, you have to take the river, so we had to look for alternative transportation:

On discovering that the canoes didn't have motors, we opted for the jetboat option

Our driver Ken warmed up his 383 Chev powered jetboat & we set off up the river.

As we powered up the river Ken told us of the history of the region from the early maori settlements to the days when the old steamboats formed one the main transport route into this part of the island & thousands of bales of wool were shipped down the river from the newly settled farms of the surrounding hill country.

After 30 odd km things got serious, it turns out you can't even boat all the way to Nowhere, we had to get out & walk After a bit of a stroll up the track we eventually saw it, emerging from the forest... The Bridge...

...To Nowhere!

After the first world war veterans were given land in this area to clear of forest & develop for farming & this bridge was constructed to access the Whaganui River, with visions of a road link out to the west. However the tough country & the depression finished off the dreams of most of them, with the last moving out when the road in from the east was all but destroyed by a storm. See Wikipedia:,_New_Zealand

Most traces of the farms have gone or been overgrown now, but the sturdy ferro cement bridge remains, now many miles from the nearest road & accessed only by foot tracks. It was also built in 1936 to the same design as the the bridge at Aotuhia, so we had now travelled from that Bridge to Somewhere, to this, the Bridge to Nowhere. The bridges are actually only about 16 km apart, but it had taken us near 400km of riding (admittedly somewhat indirectly) & 30 km boating up river to visit them both, so rugged is the country of the area.

So we got back on the boat for the downriver run.

The river was flowing high that day, so it was a fairly tame run, when it is lower there are more rapids, back in the day they had to winch the old river boats up through many sections.

Back at the bikes we said farewell to our hosts then had a pleasant ride back home to cap off a pretty good 1100+ km of weekend.

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Old 09-27-2010, 07:22 PM   #2
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Good write up Clint. I enjoyed the ride immensly.
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Old 09-27-2010, 10:37 PM   #4
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Old 09-27-2010, 11:08 PM   #5
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But what about the goat.
Will someone please consider Dino's "new freind".
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Thank god I went to bed early....bloody country boys!

Well written Clint, I had a great 3 days so thanks to all that made it happen.
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A couple more photos, the first is the regroup behind Te Wera forest showing all of the bikes. The second is the team on the jet boat with Clint (who put the ride report up) in the middle front of the photo.

We have had the TTTTT (Terribly Terrific Taranaki Tunnel Tour), the MAPMEA (Mike and Phil's Most Excellent Adventure) and this year the NBA (Naki Boys Adventure). We will have to put our thinking caps on ready for next year, of course everyone is welcome!
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Old 09-29-2010, 02:23 AM   #9
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Nice RR Clint

Can I post this here ?
Awesome ride with a great bunch of guy's and girls.
Why does my cat now look at me strangely Dino, did you touch him
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