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New Zealand 2016
10/30   Right is Left
10/31   Omeru Scenic Reserve
11/01   Omamari Beach
11/02   Waipoua Forest
11/03   Mail Boxes and a Magic Orange
11/04   Cape Reinga
11/05   Ninety Mile Beach
11/06   Haruru Falls
11/07   Russell Forest
11/08   Bus and Ferry
11/09   Thames
11/11   Castle Rock
11/12   Hot Water Beach
11/13   Owharoa Falls
11/14   Thompson's Track
11/15   Rotorua
11/17   Rotorua Rain
11/18   Haku Falls
11/19   Pureora Forest Park
11/20   Waitomo Glowworm Caves
11/21   Marokopa
11/22   New Plymouth
11/25   Pukeiti Rain Forest
11/26   Boring Highway 3
11/27   Boring Highway 1
11/29   Switching Gears
11/30   Hitchhikie
12/01   Abel Tasman National Park
12/02   Rawhiti Cave
12/03   Mount Robert
12/04   Glaciers
12/05   Mount Aspiring
12/06   Milford Sound
12/07   Stirling Point
12/08   The Catlins
12/09   Tunnel Beach
12/10   Sandfly Beach
12/11   Mount Cook
12/12   Cave Stream
12/14   Long Day Home
Kayak Trip 2017

Bus and Ferry


tl;dr: I visited a few sites, got my bike fixed, and took a bus and a ferry to get past Auckland.

I visited Whangarei Falls. Look, pictures.

I visited Abbey Caves. I would have liked to explore these wild caves more, but entering them with my bicycle shoes would have been downright treacherous. There are too many wet mossy rocks, and each cave is filled with running water. So I wimped out and took only a few pictures around the mouth of each cave.

By the time I was rolling into Whangarei, my rear bearings were making a constant grinding noise. I found a bicycle shop called My Bike. When they pulled the tire apart, the bearings crumbled out like powder. Because I had ridden so long with them bad, parts of the bearings were fused to the axle. It took some work to free them. No shop in town had a replacement bearing, but fortunately, Josh (the mechanic) found a used close-enough bearing. So I'm back on the road again.

I am not a completionist. From Whangarei back south to Auckland there are no good routes for a bicycle. Just horrible Highway 1. So I took a bus. After watching the road roll by with all of its narrow shoulders, busy traffic and construction I do not regret this decision.

My feed smell bad. Really really bad. My shoes have been soaked and then almost dried way too many times. There is some sort of ecosystem thriving down there.

The bus passed an establishment called Sheepworld. I guess I missed that one, because I totally would have marked it on my map.

(I had written many clever things while sitting on the bus, but because my phone loses time every time it reboots, and that caused my blog sync to get messed up, I lost all of that.)

In Auckland I traversed the rat-maze of one-way streets and construction blocks from the bus terminal to the ferry terminal. There I took a ferry east to Pine Head, effectively bypassing the rest of Auckland.

Once off the ferry I had less than an hour of sunlight left, so I quickly headed east. Omana Regional Park had camping available, but it was expensive and basically in town, so I continued on to Duder Regional Park. It turns out Duder does not have a campground. But it also doesn't have No Camping signs. So I headed into the park and camped in a cow pasture that was part of the park.

good morning New Zealand

spider by my tent

Whangarei Falls

Hatea River

This duck wants to be fed. Badly. And I brought down no food.

There are no dedicated school buses here. Municipal buses just switch modes.

entrance to Organ Cave

Middle Cave

Middle Cave

entrance to Ivy Cave

Ivy Cave


I think this is all one tree.

This is a big pigeon.

Makes you not want to leave your bike at a trailhead.

looking down on Whangarei

My bike getting fixed. Again.

taking the bus

Imagine biking on this road?

some coastal town


ferries coming and going

bike on a ferry

some pier

contact me at le@liverworks.com
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