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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

Thompson's Track


tl;dr: I followed Thompson's Track. It was better than the highway.

I was headed south on Highway 2 toward Tauranga. I was told there were some thermal pools around Mount Maunganui that I should see. Eventually I googled them. They were all private developed pools. Nope. So I decided I would head west and see Blue Spring. Unfortunately, there is a mountain range in the way. And Google Maps offered up only a single route over them: Thompson's Track. I googled that and found a report indicating it was an unmaintained road that jeeps and ATVs use.

Thompson's Track was rough. I literally pushed my bike for eight kilometers. Now I know why the Kiwis refer to it as a "push bike". It was obvious no ATVs have been down most of this road since the last dry season. Look, pictures.

I am very glad I replaced my front tire yesterday. I don't think that Big Apple tire would have handled all of the rocks on the downhill side of Thompson's Track.

I ended up having to trespass to get back to the road. I did find a few guys working on the land and rode up to them and apologized profusely. "It's all good, mate."

A weasel scooted across the road carrying a bird. New Zealand has imported everything.

Blue Spring may be blue, but as far as I could tell there was no actually way to see the spring. It is on private property.

The map shows Leslie road heading east. This seemed like a far superior road to the highway. After climbing several kilometers up a mountain I ran into a "No Entry Without Permit" gate. Sigh. I am not turning around. They should put these signs way back where the road starts.

good morning New Zealand

keep left stupid tourists


Thompson's Track going from pavement to gravel.

Thompsons Track going from gravel to dirt.

Thompson's Track is still better than the highway.

Thompson's Track is still better than the highway.

Thompson's Track is still better than the highway.

Thompson's Track is still better than the highway.

Thompson's Track is still better than the highway.

Thompson's Track is still better than the highway.

Thompson's Track is improving.

Thompson's Track is almost not washed out here.

looking west over the farmlands

Thompson's Track heading down seems nice.

Thompsons Track is now complete mud and I have given up.

This is my only way off the mountain.

Wairere Falls is kilometers away

It is actually flat here.

Blue Spring is back there someplace.

the water from Blue Spring

I see as many gun shells here as I do back home.

good night New Zealand

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