I had four days on my own to spend it on the motorcycle. I used this opportunity to ride from Auckland down to Wanganui.
Since I have ridden the Port Waikato area many times and posted a lot of pictures about it, I started to take photographs just at Raglan.
Sometimes I needed to stop to admire the glorious gravel roads waiting for me to ride.
Meet the grader machine. It turns the gravel roads to dirt roads for you. :-)
Obviously, later it will be covered with fresh gravel and compacted.
Exciting landscape ahead.
I have found important to have regular stops to refresh myself.
The route cut through a very diverse landscape. My personal favorites were the ones traveling through forests.
On long rides in remote areas, you need to have a good plan to refuel from time to time. Gas stations are scarce in some areas.
Traffic jams are common everywhere in New Zealand, but I don’t mind this kind of traffic jam.
I did travel some rarely used farm roads, no need to say these leads through the most beautiful or interesting sections.
Taumaranui did look like a ghost town.
One of the rest stops to refresh myself and snap a couple of pictures.
The first glance of the Ruapehu.
Fishers Track was one of the highlights of this trip, but don’t do it alone.
Close to halfway. The Wanganui River.
The Wanganui River Road is a sealed road but there are enough roadworks on it to keep it interesting.
King Country with its restless hills.
The Forgotten World Highway (SH34) is one very common element of motorcycle tours. Mostly sealed road with a short gravel section.
An almost empty town, Ohura. with only 120 or so residents.
A lovely spot to stop. Looks like a 17th or 18th-century romantic landscape painting.
There is no road trip in New Zealand without rain. Here is one which just passed by.
And finally back to the Waikato area.
Here is the route I did from Auckland down to Wanganui.