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Old 03-25-2012, 06:29 PM   #1
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9 Days on the road - North Island, New Zealand

Unfortunately it rained a fair bit for this trip, so I did not have the camera out as much as I would have l liked.



Waikato River near Cambridge


Whinnaki River


River running into Waikeremoana




Falls north of Waikeremoana





Waikeremoana


Swanning around on the lake.


Rock formations on the side of Lake Waikeremoana.


Tuai power station.




Coast above Napier

Rough seas at Lake Ferry


The pub at Lake Ferry


Paul riding along the coast


Looking towards Cape Palliser


Up the river by the Pinnacales.




Paul riding the riverbed.


Ford crossing we did not cross, turns out it was passable, but too water was too dark to be able to tell for-sure.


Bulldozers used for loading boats.




On the way towards Ocean Beach.







Ocean Beach




River crossing like a champ!


Corner Creek Campsite


Ocean beach looking south.




Corner Creek, creek


Corner Creek looking back towards Lake Ferry







Gourmet dinner for happy campers.


Campfire




Palliser coast looking towards Ocean Beach/Lake Ferry


Massive slip/road cuttings into coast along towards Cape Palliser


Lower ford crossing today.


Palliser coast, very windy


Cape Palliser lighthouse.


Past the lighthouse track got pretty rough, and very wet.





Huge waves, huge wind = dramatic spray






Up Mt Dick (520m)


Riverside track Mangahao River


Wind farming


Radio/coms tower up Whariti Road (910m) apparently lovely views on a clear day.


Makairo Track


Clint on the Makairo Track


Parked up on the Makairo Track


Beach near Akito.


Farm track river crossing with Nick on her XT.


Steve crossing on his BMW.


Napier sunday AM, lovely day for a ride!


Packed and ready to ride, 8am.


Rangitikei RIver with Nick and Wade


Heading towards Taihape


Road side tire repair.
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Old 03-25-2012, 06:43 PM   #2
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:14 PM   #3
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Awesome photos Chris. This inspires me to stop and take more scenic pictures, instead of always going for the action shots. I really like the one with the swan.
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:06 AM   #4
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+1 on the Awesome photos. You've got skills.
The beach shots make me home sick.
Looks like a great ride!

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Old 03-26-2012, 08:23 AM   #5
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Great report. Beautiful pictures - I want to live there! Thanks.
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Old 03-26-2012, 10:12 AM   #6
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Photos are great!
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Old 03-26-2012, 07:17 PM   #7
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Good stuff! Did you find the jump on ocean beach?




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Old 03-26-2012, 11:13 PM   #8
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Thanks for the feedback, glad to see people enjoying my photos/trip.


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Awesome photos Chris. This inspires me to stop and take more scenic pictures, instead of always going for the action shots. I really like the one with the swan.
Thanks Bart, a true complement coming from a well established photographer like yourself.

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Nope, and probably too much luggage for such shenanagans. Have to keep an eye out next time. I plan to head back there in summer this time
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Old 03-27-2012, 04:17 PM   #9
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stunning photos

we are very lucky live amongst such beauty

now if we could just find a way of stopping you northeners sneaking down when we're not watching and taking far better photos than we ever could...

BTW if you had found the right track you can ride from the Pinnacles all the way to Sutherlands Hut via cnut hill - its an awesome ride with stunning views - there is one bit thats a tiny bit steep though....
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:42 PM   #10
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Being a Southern Yank living in New Zealand...I can tell you living here is a real treat
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Old 03-28-2012, 04:04 PM   #11
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:38 PM   #12
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stunning photos

we are very lucky live amongst such beauty

now if we could just find a way of stopping you northeners sneaking down when we're not watching and taking far better photos than we ever could...

BTW if you had found the right track you can ride from the Pinnacles all the way to Sutherlands Hut via cnut hill - its an awesome ride with stunning views - there is one bit thats a tiny bit steep though....
I posted up on KR that I was coming your way, I guess my planning photos were not large enough to get any notice

I did have a look for that entrance to Sutherlands hut, found the locked gate, but no easy way around it. Anyway I did not think it was really a track I wanted to do while solo, the day before we (Paul and myself) tried to get in to Sutherlands hut from the north side but the river was rather flooded due to the heavy rain, so I doubted if I would be able to make it in that way either.
The run into Sutherlands hut in the heavy rain was pretty interesting, plenty of dirty deepish parts of the track, and other parts of the track were just like rivers. Made for fun with a old E07 and full luggage.
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:03 PM   #13
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Wow! Amazing pics of great scenery! I once spent 3 weeks driving around the North Island in a rent a wreck Bluebird Nissan, I wanna come back,meet a nice NZ gal and move there,its an amazing country and your back country photography only makes me love it more.

Thanks much for the effort on the ride report,I barely saw the place on my trip.
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Old 05-29-2012, 03:47 AM   #14
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Eek Whoa...

Cracking photo's chris.

It looks like it was a great trip.
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Old 06-04-2012, 04:58 AM   #15
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Cracking photo's chris.

It looks like it was a great trip.
Thanks.

Yeah it was a good trip, but the photos do not realy do the weather justice, it was pretty damn shitty for most of the trip, was silly of me trying to do this ride during March, I really should have tried to do it during summer
But was a grea trip anyway, and would (and will) do it again.
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