05/02 Whakatane Via Te Puk, Tauriko, Hobbiton Movie Set and Paeroa to Whitianga (NI) – 1,965kms (345kms travelled today).

Feb 05, 2020


Lots more beautiful riding today albeit with traffic hold ups this morning with an accident and this afternoon for the others with very slow traffic but apart from that we saw sights of lovely productive farmland and quirky geography, sometimes together and corners, corners and more corners. We dropped Chris and Adrian and Lynne and Graham off at the Shires Rest Café for their Hobbiton Movie tour and headed off for Whitianga and enjoyed the challenge of the ride.

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A train soon after we headed off this morning, the driver was hanging out the window waving at us all.


Morning coffee to let the accident traffic sort itself out so we could make a mile instead of stop start and slower than walking pace traffic

Lovely corners and country.


The young’uns heading off on their Hobbiton Movie Set tour.

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Yummy farmland.

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Another quirky shed.

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Great scenery.


Break time about 20kms out …was getting a bit like endurance rather than enjoyment.

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More quirky geography.

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Yummy inlet view at Whitianga, will get more tomorrow.

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And again.


And our hotel for the next two nights, Crowsnest Apartments.